The Night War

From the two-time Newbery Honor-winning author of The War That Saved My Life and Fighting Words comes amiddle grade novel set at the border between freedom and fear in World War II France, at the Chateau deChenonceau, where a Jewish girl who has lost everything but her life must decide whether to risk even that to bringothers to freedom.

It’s 1942. German Nazis occupy much of France. And twelve-year-old Miriam, who is Jewish, is not safe. With help andquick thinking, Miri is saved from the roundup that takes her entire Jewish neighborhood. She escapes Paris, landingin a small French village, where the spires of the famous Chateau de Chenonceau rise high into the sky, its bridgeacross the River Cher like a promise, a fairy tale.But Miri’s life is no fairy tale. Her parents are gone—maybe alive, maybe not. Taken in at the boarding school near thechateau, pretending to be Catholic to escape Nazi capture, Miri is called upon one night to undertake a deadly task,one that spans the castle grounds, its bridge, and the very border to freedom. Here is her chance toescape—hopefully to find her parents. But will she take it? One thing is certain: The person Miri meets that night willsave her life. And the person Miri becomes that night could save the lives of many more.

MASTERFUL HISTORICAL FICTION: Kim returns to the period of The War That Saved My Life and The War I FinallyWon, this time in WWII France. Kim has the trademark ability to blend history, emotion, humor, and adventure, thistime with a speculative twist, but a grounded one.

FRESH LOOK AT WWII: The role of the Chateau de Chenonceau in evacuating Jews to freedom is little-known in theUS but a fascinating piece of history, with appeal for the classroom curriculum.

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Book Details


  • Historical Fiction

Age Level: 

  • 8 - 12
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