I decided to start the 2011 Summer Book Club with How Huge the Night because it shows kids what they can do to help others even though they are considered "too young" by the adults in their lives. Julien our "hero" learns to stand up for what's right even though his peers try to stop him, try to put him down and finally, try to stop him.
by Heather Munn and Lydia Munn
Published by: Kregel Publications
309 pages, Young Adult (age 13+)
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Fifteen-year-old Julien Losier is angry, frustrated, and itching to do something. After his family relocates to southern France to outrun Hitler's menace, they open their home to a Jewish boy needing refuge. Then Julien meets Nina, a young Austrian who has fled her home by her father's dying command. Nina's situation is grave and Julien suddenly realizes the enormity of having someone's life or death depend on him.
|Jewish children sheltered by|
the Protestant population of
the village of Le Chambon-sur
Lignon, France - the village this
book is based on