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The Night Diary

It's 1947, and India, newly independent of British rule, has been separated into two countries: Pakistan and India. The divide has created much tension between Hindus and Muslims, and hundreds of thousands are killed crossing borders. Half-Muslim, half-Hindu twelve-year-old Nisha doesn't know where she belongs, or what her country is anymore. When Papa decides it's too dangerous to stay in what is now Pakistan, Nisha and her family become refugees and embark first by train but later on foot to reach her new home. The journey is long, difficult, and dangerous, and after losing her mother as a baby, Nisha can't imagine losing her homeland, too. But even if her country has been ripped apart, Nisha still believes in the possibility of putting herself back together....

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ISBN : 9780735228511
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 272 pages
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The Night Diary Reviews

  • Richie Partington

    Richie’s Picks: THE NIGHT DIARY by Veera Hiranandani, Dial, March 2018, 272p., ISBN: 978-0-7352-2851-1

    “I think Islam hates us. There’s something there that — there’s a tremendous hatred there. There’s a tremendous hatred. We have to get to the bottom of it. There’s an unbelievable hatred of us.”

    -- Donald J. Trump, 3/9/16, on CNN

    “If I had ever been here before

    On another time around the wheel

    I would probably know just how to deal

    With all of you”

    -- David Crosby “Déjà Vu,” 1970

    July 21, 1947

    Dear Mama

  • Laura Gardner

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 for THE NIGHT DIARY by @VeeraWrites. Thanks to the publisher, @PenguinKids for the ARC for @Kidlitexchange. All opinions are my own.


    Nisha, a twelve year old twin who loves to cook and is exceptionally quiet, faces great challenges when she and her family become refugees and must flee the only life they've ever known. It's 1947 and Indian has been freed from British rule, but has also been divided into two countries. Nisha, her twin Amil, her father, and her elderly grandmother

  • K.C

    It was soo good, even though there was a little violence.

  • Cari Borchert

    I was excited to see/read a book about something different - it is not common to see children's or many books in general about the Partition of India. So for that I appreciate this book - and I appreciate the story overall. Beyond that, while the other moms and girls from our book club loved this book, it was just OK for me. I think it is written well for the age it speaks to and would be a great historical fiction recommendation.

  • Clare Lund

    Filled with gorgeous language and vivid imagery, The Night Diary tells the story of one family after India gained its independence from the British Commonwealth in 1947 and was divided into two countries. Nisha's father is Hindu and her late mother was Muslim, leaving Nisha feeling torn when conflict between the two religions intensifies: "Where do Amil and I fit in to all of this hate? Can you hate half a person?" The home she has always known is now part of newly formed Pakistan, which Nisha a ...more

  • Abby Johnson

    Loved this historical novel about a young girl and her family forced to leave their home after the partition of India creates the country of Pakistan. It reminded me a lot of Anne Frank's Diary of a Young Girl in the style of writing and I would hand it to kids who are interested in historical fiction or stories of refugees like The Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pinkney.

  • Lisa

    This book, you guys. Wow. What a treasure. An award contender for sure. I'll be thinking about Nisha for a long time.

  • Shauna Yusko

    4 for writing and adult appeal. Good characters and historical setting.

    3 for tween/teen interest.

    Several books that would pair with it.