The Night War

Kimberley Brubaker Bradley

The Night War
Text Publishing
9 April 2024

The Night War

Kimberley Brubaker Bradley

'We don't choose how we feel, but we choose how we act. Choose courage.'

From the two-time Newbery Honor-winner and a #1 New York Times bestselling author of The War That Saved My Life and The War I Finally Won comes a new middle-grade novel, in which a girl who has lost everything must decide whether to risk her life to bring others to freedom.

In 1942, much of France is occupied by the Nazis. Twelve-year-old Miri is Jewish, so she is not safe. Separated from her parents, she rescues her neighbours' two-year-old daughter Nora and escapes to a village, where she is given a new name and pretends to be Catholic to escape Nazi capture. Miri is at first wary of the convent school nuns, but soon learns that there is much more than meets the eye to these knowledgeable women. One night she is asked to undertake a terrifying task that could allow her to escape. But what about Nora? The person Miri meets that night could save her life. And the person Miri becomes that night could save the lives of many more.

The Night War is a captivating and often funny story that explores history, moral dilemmas and friendships.


This beautifully compassionate story set in the Second World War is written by the author of The War That Saved My Life and The War I Finally Won, two of our children’s bestsellers since 2016 and 2017 when they were published. They were set in UK and this new book is set in France, in a mostly Jewish enclave of Paris where the residents are rounded up and sent away. Twelve-year old Miri is separated from her mother and also her neighbour, who has entrusted her two-year old daughter, Nora, to Miri.

With the help of a nun, Miri and Nora escape deportation and Miri finds refuge in a Catholic school, where she must take on a new identity and hide her Jewish faith. However, on the journey Nora is taken from her.

As she grieves the loss of her parents and her Jewish faith, she is determined to find Nora, and she also finds the courage to assist some Jewish refugees to escape the Germans. In Nazi-occupied France, Miri learns that who she trusts could be the difference between life and death, and facing up to the terrifying choices war presents requires a bravery that demands a lot from a young girl. All the while, she is hoping that her parents are alive. This is a story that will completely engage readers and have them yearning for Miri to survive. For ages 9 to 12.

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