Defy the Night by Heather Munn and Lydia Munn
About the Book
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.
Defy the Night is the second book by the mother and daughter writing team of Heather and Lydia Munn. In the midst of one of the most difficult times in history Life still went on. For Magali a 15 year old living in the free zone of France, she tried to live life as normally as possible under the daily threat of the war coming closer. Necessities such as clothes and shoes were scarce, food was rationed. Winters were bitterly cold.
I don’t think France has really be held in the spotlight in being a big part of the war. A country separated with part of the country being occupied by the Nazi’s. While the other part was the free zone.
Can you imagine bring taken away from your neighborhood, your home and your family just because you were Jewish! You’ve done nothing wrong other than being born who you are. The French government was setting up internment camps and helping the Nazi’s remove the Jewish people.
Magali is a bit brash and immature. But she wants to help. She wants to do something! Then she meets Paquerette, who rescues children from the internment camps and brings them to the free zone. She is brave and seemingly unafraid.
Magali wants to be like her. Help to rescue children. Children who will die if they are not rescued. Magali is immature and takes risks that endanger not only herself but others. But she is passionate about helping and you cannot help but like her character!
Magali is far from perfect but her heart is in the right place.
Defy the Night is very well written. It is not light reading, it touches on some very deep and difficult subjects and you cannot helped but be touched by Magali and Paquerette and their courage and heart for others.
disclosure: I received a copy of this book from Kregel Publications in exchange for my honest review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.