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
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Childrens, Middle Grade, Young Adult, Fiction, Cultural, India

Reviews The Night Diary

  • Lola
    There are two reasons that I can think of right now of why Historical Fiction novels are as valuable as History courses, if not more.Because unless you’re a university student who takes very specific History courses with the subjects that you really want to learn about, chances are your high school History professors will focus on European and American History. That’s from my Canadian perspective, anyways.The other reason is that while Histor...
  • 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...
  • Rashika (is tired)
  • Donalyn
    Beautiful and heartbreaking. A treasure.
  • 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!
  • Chelsea
    I picked up The Night Diary because my friend Laura @ Green Tea & Paperbacks loved it and I recently had a wonderful experience reading Amal Unbound, another diverse middle grade novel. While I wouldn’t say that middle grade is my favourite genre, I do like to read it from time to time.The Night Diary did not disappoint. I listened to the audiobook, which happened to be narrated by the same narrator of Amal Unbound! I absolutely love their voic...
  • Navdip
    I first heard about The Night Diary during an Owlcrate video a few months ago and seeing as I'm Indian and this book is set during the period when India gained their independence I knew this was an absolute must read for me!PlotThis book follows a twelve year old girl called Nisha who together with her family are forced to leave their home following the partition of India. When the family end up on the Pakistan side they decide to attempt to trav...
  • 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...
  • Sinead (Huntress of Diverse Books)
    Check out my book blog for more book reviews and other bookish posts!I received an ARC of The Night Diary from the UK distributor. I’d actually been interested in this book for quite some time. It’s set at the time of the partition between India and Pakistan, and written for a middle grade audience.It’s #ownvoices for Indian representation.__I love the writing style. It’s written in the form of letters that Nisha addresses to her late mot...
  • Lata
    Told from the point of view of a 11-year old Nisha and her diary entries, which are addressed to her dead mother, this is a really interesting way to relate a little of the confusion, frustration, fear and sadness experiences of India’s Partition in 1947. People were suddenly told to leave their homes and towns and travel many kilometres away to start their lives over again, amidst an atmosphere of unexpected anger amongst people who had lived ...
  • Lisa
    This book, you guys. Wow. What a treasure. An award contender for sure. I'll be thinking about Nisha for a long time.
  • Pavitra (For The Love of Fictional Worlds)
    Also Posted on For The Love of Fictional Worlds Disclaimer: A Physical copy was provided via Penguin India in exchange for an honest review. The Thoughts, opinions & feelings expressed in the review are therefore, my own. Its the year of Partition & Independence – the greed and the selfish needs of the powerful leaders have displaced millions of common men, women and children who instead of celebrating the freedom from oppression had to leav...
  • Summer
    Interesting book but very slow. It was nice listening to it and the narrator was good but I wasn't in a hurry to pick it up once I put it down.
  • 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...
  • 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 i...
  • Sam
    I cried so much...Definitely Ruta Sepetys for middle grade!
  • Sohinee Reads & Reviews (Bookarlo)
    Read The Original Review Posted on Sohinee Reads & Reviews SET AROUND THE 1947 PARTITION OF INDIA, ‘THE NIGHT DIARY’ IS AN EVOCATIVE NOVEL I have read quite a few books on the 1947 partition, have heard stories of partition from my grandparents and I was always left to ponder upon how many lives were affected during this partitioning…too many would be an understatement too. For those who don’t know about the Partition of India, it was whe...
  • Sherry Guice
    This is an amazing story!!! Told in letters to her mother (who is dead) as a diary, the reader is taken through the history of the division of India into India and Pakistan. Great characters, suspense and adventure interwoven into a story of a family caught in the midst of horrendous cultural/political strife--Hindus against Muslims.
  • 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.
  • Jennifer
    Reviewed in Horn Book, July/August 2018.
  • Caitlin Christensen
    5 stars RTC
  • 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.
  • Sedley Abercrombie
    I don't give many books five stars but this one is well deserved. Utterly lost in this book and now I need to know more about India and Pakistan in 1947. Definitely suffering from a book hangover.
  • 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....
  • Rajiv
    I loved the concept of “The Night Diary”! Veera Hiranandani has done a wonderful job in portraying how the Indian Independence affected the lifestyles of an average family. She realistically depicts the hardships that someone would have faced to move from Pakistan to India during this period. When we read about our leaders in history books, we read only of their struggles faced prior to independence. However, this book opened my eyes to show ...
  • Mehreen
    Wow, to think my father is older than Pakistan and I've never read a book about partition. This was a great introduction to the story of a family in Midpur Kas, modern day Hyderabad, and how quickly the world can change with the stroke of a pen. This book brought up more questions than answers which was a great way to connect with my mother who had quite an earful to say about the politicians who divided a country without taking into account the ...
  • Alex (not a dude) Baugh
    The Night Diary begins in July 1947, just a month before the end of British rule in India and the Partition, the division of British India along religious lines into the two separate and independent countries of India (Hindu) and Pakistan (Muslim/Sikh) between August 14-15. Twelve-year-old Nisha and her twin brother Amil live in what is to become Pakistan, but they will soon be leaving the only home they have known to live in the new India. Their...
  • 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...
  • Julieta Ninno
    Hace mucho que tengo este libro en la mira, pero lo estaba dejando en mi TBR una y otra vez sin leerlo. No fue hasta que lo vi como finalista para los Goodreads Choice Awards de este año que tomé la iniciativa de leerlo. Ahora, debo decir que me siento muy decepcionada porque esto no es lo que esperaba leer.“It feels scary to talk, because once the words are out, you can’t put them back in. But if you write words and they don’t come out t...