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, Fiction

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...
  • Rashika (is tired)
  • Donalyn
    Beautiful and heartbreaking. A treasure.
  • 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...
  • 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!
  • Sam
    I cried so much...Definitely Ruta Sepetys for middle grade!
  • 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...
  • Lisa
    This book, you guys. Wow. What a treasure. An award contender for sure. I'll be thinking about Nisha for a long time.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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....
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Sandy Brehl
    Nisha is the young writer of the diary entries that reveal her first-person view of the forced migration of Muslims and Hindu people when India was partitioned into two countries: India and Pakistan. That topic, likely to be obscure to adult and young readers at the start, will become vividly clear and empathetically essential as each page is turned. There are many things about this book that deserve raves: writing that unfolds and gradually unbi...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Angela Riley
    I enjoyed this book and thought it might be a good one for my historical fiction book clubs. The main character is a Hindu Indian during partition and she has to leave her home in India to go to the new India because of her religion. It is interesting and appropriate and was a part of history that I didn't know much about.
  • Zayda (Babybibliophile)
    Addictive read that captured me immediately! I could not stop reading. This story follows a young girl and her journey across the border when India split into two countries. She keeps a diary and writes letters to her mother who is in heaven. As I read, I could feel everything that she was going through. Every emotion. This was an awesome book!
  • Amanda Rawson Hill
    Gorgeously written and incredibly gentle despite the topic which could have easily become simply bloody and violent. Read after AHIMSA by Supriya Kelkar for an amazing experience.
  • Katy
    The Night Diary's beautiful and heartbreaking story about refugees during the partition of India could not have been released at a more relevant time. I especially loved that the main characters were “half Muslim and half Hindu” which highlighted the fraught mental and physical circumstances stemming from this complicated identity. This is a wonderful middle grade novel that I hope children will read in schools.
  • Rachel Strolle
    lovely lovely lovely
  • K.C
    It was soo good, even though there was a little violence.
  • Beth Bryden-miller
    Written from the perspective of a 12 year old girl during the 1947 India/Pakistan partition in diary form. I wish it had been written in a different form, by using the diary form, there is a separation between the protagonist and the reader. I felt like the written wasn't vivid enough to carry the intensity of the setting.