The Night Diary

The Night Diary

Book - 2018
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Shy twelve-year-old Nisha, forced to flee her home with her Hindu family during the 1947 partition of India, tries to find her voice and make sense of the world falling apart around her by writing to her deceased Muslim mother in the pages of her diary.
Publisher: New York, NY : Dial Books for Young Readers, [2018]
ISBN: 9780735228511
Characteristics: 264 pages ; 22 cm


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Chicago Public Library recommends this title as one of the best books published in 2018.

It is 1947 and everything is changing for twelve-year-old Nisha and her family. The India they call home is now Pakistan and, because her father is Hindu, they no longer belong. Nisha’s family must flee for the new India – leaving everything they’ve ever known behind, including the paintings that... Read More »

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ArapahoeErinR May 10, 2018

What do you do when your country falls apart and neighbors now become enemies? Nisha struggles to understand how gaining independence from Britain can tear her country apart and why people of different faiths can no longer live together. This book is as relevant for today's world as it was in 1947 when this story takes place.

CoreneBee Apr 19, 2018

It is not only Nisha's heart that is breaking, but her entire country is being torn apart. The year is 1947 and Nisha is celebrating her twelfth birthday. She receives a diary in which she records her everyday life in India, her worries about her twin brother who is struggling in school, and confides her hopes and dreams to her mother, who passed away the same day she was born. All of these worries seem small when a random stroke of the pen by a British official divides her country in two: a Muslim side and a Hindu side. But Nisha's mother was Muslim and her father is Hindu. Where does she belong? What follows is a breathtaking debut that brings the Partition of India to life in heartbreaking detail. The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani is a must read for historical fiction fans.


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