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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Defy the Night by Heather Munn and Lydia Munn Book Review

                                                   Children in Le Chambon


In the midst of war, one teenager is determined to make a difference
If no one will do anything, she'll have to do it herself.
In 1941 France is still "free." But fifteen-year-old Magali is frustrated by the cruel irony of pretending life is normal when food is rationed, new clothes are a rarity, and most of her friends are refugees. And now the government is actually helping the Nazis. Someone has got to do something, but it seems like no one has the guts—until Paquerette arrives.
Smuggling refugee children is Paquerette's job. And she asks Magali to help.
Working with Paquerette is scary and exhausting, but Magali never doubts that it is the right thing to do. Until her brash actions put those she loves in danger.

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Review By: Elizabeth Musser,    - November 30, 2013
A beautifully written coming-of-age story, Defy the Night centers around sixteen-year-old Magali Lousier’s desire to do something heroic during the Nazi occupation of France. Just as the deep chill of the burle wind whips through the village of Tannieux, the chill of the Nazi regime infiltrates Magali’s world. In her sincere, headstrong and sometimes misguided efforts to ‘do something’ against this impending doom, Magali learns through many painful experiences what true heroism looks like. Heather and Lydia Munn’s research is historically accurate and their writing breathtaking as they describe the rescue of children from internment camps by brave individuals who risked their lives to defy not only the night, but evil itself.

My review;

Whenever we think of a war it almost all brings to mind soldiers. It is horrible to think about what children that are caught in this nightmare have to endure, morning, and night. Defy the Night is the story about Magali, who is a brave young woman who finds herself knowing that this is wrong and people, need to step in and help others.  She realizes that to help she  has to face danger around every corner. During this time she realizes what a truly selfless person really is. I give this book a 4/5. I was given this book by Kregel Publications for the purpose of a review and all opinions are my own.

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