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The Night Diary

by Veera Hiranandani


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    • Grades: 4 - 8
    • Ages: 9 - 13
    Newbery Honor
    • Format: Paperback Book
Short Summary
As India and Pakistan are torn apart by violence in 1947, Nisha and her family are forced to flee their homeland in search of a safe place to live.

Good For:
Accessible Narrative Style Told in the Form of Letters, Emotionally Stirring Coming-of-Age Novel, Understanding World Events, Strong Contemporary Relevance

Topics and Themes:
India, Pakistan, Partition, Indian Independence, Hindus, Muslims, Refugees, Searching for a New Home
Some mature content.

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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 12-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 in India. 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.

Told through Nisha’s letters to her mother, The Night Diary is a heartfelt story of one girl’s search for home, for her own identity—and for a hopeful future.
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Product Details

    • Grades: 4 - 8
    • Ages: 9 - 13
  • Product Type: Book
  • Page Count: 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 5 5/16" x 7 3/4" x 0 11/16"
  • Language: English
  • ISBN 13: 978-0-735-22852-8