The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani

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 refugee...

Details The Night Diary

TitleThe Night Diary
Release DateMar 6th, 2018
PublisherDial Books
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Childrens, Middle Grade, Young Adult

Reviews The Night Diary

  • Hannah Greendale
    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. The year is 1947 and India, now free of British rule, has been split into two countries: India and Pakistan. Because of the divide, tension has erupted between Hindus and Muslims. Twelve-year-old Nisha and her family are Hindu, but her deceased mother was Muslim; Nisha is uncertain where she belongs. When Nisha and her family become refugees, forced to journ...
  • Donalyn
    Beautiful and heartbreaking. A treasure.
  • Sam
    I cried so much...Definitely Ruta Sepetys for middle grade!
  • Caitlin Christensen
    5 stars RTC
  • Ms. Yingling
    E ARC from Edelweiss PlusOn the eve of the Partitioning of India in 1947, Nisha is struggling to understand the implications of the end of British rule on her half-Hindu, half-Muslim family, and writes diary entries to the mother who passed away when she and her twin brother Amil were born in order to process events. Her father, a Hindu doctor, feels that the family must leave their town, which has ended up as an area designated to be Muslim. Lon...
  • 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.
  • Adiba Jaigirdar
    I was super excited about this book but it wasn't as amazing as I had hoped it would be. The format didn't really work for me. The epistolary format just made everything feel a bit distant. There were some really great things about the book as well though - I really liked the concept and most of the characters, and there were some really, really moving and well-written scenes. Full review coming soon!
  • 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. Ni...
  • Nicole Means
    (Review for advanced copy) Middle school appropriate book dealing with India’s Partition in 1947. I appreciated that the story delved into the historical context but through the eyes of a confused 12 year old girl. I would recommend this book to anyone who teaches about this complicated subject as well as those who teach about the complexities of the worldwide refugee crisis. Accepting differenceshas always been a great challenge for humanity a...
  • USOM
    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)This is an intensely emotional story about family, bravery, and migration. Not only are characters touching, but the format of the book is stunning. Nisha is writing letters to her mother who is no longer with their family. Because of this, there is a hopefulness, a vulnerability, and a fierce love that shine through her words....
  • Amy Richau
    From an advanced readers copy.Review here:
  • Hannah
    In this epistolary novel, India's partition is poignantly evoked through young Nisha's eyes. Hiranandani's prose brings Nisha's world to life, rich in sense and emotion. THE NIGHT DIARY is perfect for readers who love immersive historical fiction and anyone who has ever felt unsure of where they fit in a topsy-turvy world.
  • Sarah
    1947 partition of India, bireligious family, Muslim, Hindu, diary, twin siblings, refugee, diary-form minimizes character development, basic prose that sweet but missing passion/urgency, accessible to middle school readers without being graphic
  • 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 beforeOn another time around the wheelI would probably know just how to dealW...
  • Chris
    4.5 starsReview based on a digital ARC provided by Edelweiss.This heart wrenching, yet ultimately uplifting, story centers on Nisha, a 12-year-old girl living in India in 1947. Her life is by no means perfect. She lives with her twin brother, father and grandmother in a town that is soon ripped apart as India gains its independence from Great Britain and is partitioned into India and Pakistan. Being part Muslim and part Hindu, she is unsure where...
  • Sarah Peddicord
    Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ for The Night Diary!Nisha begins her journal by writing letters to her mother. Kazi hopes the journal will allow Nisha to record everything. In 1947, India is freed from British rule. Nisha begins to overhear and recognize the tension between Muslims and Hindus. Soon, tension escalates to violence. Nisha documents everything to her mo...
  • Will Read Anything
    I'm going to be honest, I'm not really a fan of historical fiction. It's mostly because these novels usually have the same narrative over and over again, even if it is heartwarming. When I won this novel through a Goodreads giveaway, I was excited because it was an event I didn't know much about, but also reluctant because it was historical fiction. The partition was an extremely violent time in history so it was interesting to see a middle grad...
  • Suze Lavender
    It's 1947 and twelve-year-old Nisha lives in a country that's about to be divided. India's independence is near. When the country is being split in two, becoming Pakistan and India, Nisha and her family are in danger. It's no longer safe for them to stay in Pakistan. Nisha and her brother Amil don't exactly understand where all the fighting and hatred comes from. They're half-Muslim and half-Hindu, why can't they proudly tell anyone about that? I...
  • Kathie
    Thank you to Edelweiss for an eARC of this book. All opinions are my own.I was not familiar with Veera Hiranandani before THE NIGHT DIARY, but I will certainly be following her from now on. This historical middle grade novel takes place in 1947 during the partition of India, which is a time period about which I knew very little until this year. Nisha's father is Hindu, but her mother (who passed away several years ago) was Muslim. Nisha writes di...
  • Sophia Jones
    I really enjoyed this one and I'm not the biggest fan of middle grade. I think it was partially due to the fact that I know very little about Partition-era India, so I learned a lot while reading this. The author's note and glossary in the back will help clear up cultural confusions for American readers. I felt that it handled difficult issues like religion, revolution and death in a serious way but still made it accessible for younger readers. I...
  • Alicia
    Such a beautiful story about India's break from British rule and then partition describing through a pre-teens eyes, the tragedy of not being able to love and befriend who you like simply because of their religion. It's a cross between Khaled Hosseini, Ruta Sepetys, The Diary of Anne Frank as Nisha writes in a diary given to her by the Muslim man who cooks for them. Nisha just had a birthday along with her twin brother and is feeling the stress a...
  • Christine
    I spotted this beautiful cover while browsing at a used bookstore a few weeks ago, and I’m so glad that I brought it home. In this epistolary novel, the author demonstrates the effects that the Partition of India had on ordinary people. The story is told from the point of view of Nisha, whose family joins millions of others crossing the newly made border between India and Pakistan. While this novel discusses a part of history that is often not ...
  • Yapha
    Nisha's mother died when she and her twin brother Amil were born. They live with their father, a doctor at the local clinic, their grandmother Dadi, and their cook Kazi. They know there have always been tensions between Muslims and Hindus in their town in India, their own mother was Muslim and disowned by her family for marrying their Hindu father. It's never been worse than it is now, though, with India on the verge of independence. Their area w...
  • Cathy
    I received an ARC copy of this book and couldn't put it down. Like others said, it was so interesting to read about an event in history that I knew little about. The book describes in vivid detail the family's flight through what becomes Pakistan to reach India. You can taste all the foods, smell the aromas, see the dust and feel thirsty right along with Nisha and her family. You care deeply about Nisha and her brother and family and pray they ma...
  • Sharon
    5th&up, 4.5 starsA gorgeous, moving account of one girls view of the heartache & turmoil connected w/India's independence from Britain in 1947 and the resulting split that separated the land into India and Pakistan. Unwelcome in their hometown because their religious beliefs no longer matched the new political dictates, Nisha and her family are forced to leave almost everything and everyone behind and make a deadly trek towards a new life. This h...
  • Addietot
    This book was fascinating and captivating. I loved the character Nisha for her simple narrative and thoughts that felt genuine as she went through great changes, danger, and fearful times. Her thoughts were simple but profound for why people suddenly don’t like each other and for why people divide as well as her desires for a friend and familiar things. The diary format worked really well, and the story was so engrossing that it sped by. The hi...
  • Tricia
    It’s the tumultuous summer of 1947, and India, having at last obtained its freedom from England, is being divided into two countries. Shy, studious Nisha, whose father is Hindu, keeps a diary addressed to her mother, who was Muslim and died giving birth to her and her twin brother. As confusion and violence mount, the family begins its harrowing journey to the “new India”. Nisha has read stories about refugees who flee their homes “with n...
  • Natalie
    Absolutely amazing. Nisha is so perfectly twelve that she made me homesick for being twelve and reminded me of how much I loved diaries (fictional, nonfictional and keeping my own) when I was that age. I loved her relationships with her family, especially Amil, her introspection, her wistfulness, and her love of cooking. I loved the other characters, particularly Rashid Uncle. My only quibble is that the ending wrapped up a little too quickly and...
  • Noreen
    A heartfelt book about a young girl, Nisha, and her family during the time India was split in two. The story is told through Nisha's writings in her diary to her deceased mother whom she never knew.The family is half Hindu and half Muslim and they flee their home during a time when constant fighting was taking place between the Hindu's, Muslims and Sikhs. It's hard for Nisha and her brother, Amil, to understand why they need to leave and why the ...