When India is partitioned in 1947 to form a new, separate country named Pakistan, Nisha and her family are uprooted. Because they are Hindu, they are no longer welcome in the only home she's ever known, and it has become too dangerous to stay. Told through letters to her mother who died when she was born, Nisha describes their dangerous, clandestine and unforgettable journey across the border. This middle-grade novel is a memorable and poignant bildungsroman about an event I knew next-to-nothing about. Recommended.