The Night Diary

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 dan It's 1947, and India, newly independent of British rule, has been separated into two countries: Pakistan and India. T...

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Title:The Night Diary
Author:Veera Hiranandani
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:0735228515
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:272 pages pages

The Night Diary Reviews

  • Abby Johnson
    Jan 29, 2018
    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 hi...
  • Laura Gardner
    Mar 01, 2018
    ?????/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...
  • Donalyn
    Jul 22, 2017
    Beautiful and heartbreaking. A treasure. ...
  • Jennifer
    Apr 24, 2018
    Reviewed in Horn Book, July/August 2018. ...
  • Sarah Johnson
    Jun 08, 2018
    The Night Diary takes place in India during the 1947 partition that splits India into two countries-- Pakistan for Indian Muslims and India for Indian Hindus. Nisha tells the story through diary entries to her deceased mother who she longs to know. Nisha's Muslim mother died after givi...
  • Lisa
    Apr 04, 2018
    This book, you guys. Wow. What a treasure. An award contender for sure. I'll be thinking about Nisha for a long time. ...
  • Mehreen
    May 14, 2018
    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...
  • Richie Partington
    Mar 16, 2018
    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...
  • Shauna Yusko
    Mar 28, 2018
    4 for writing and adult appeal. Good characters and historical setting. 3 for tween/teen interest. Several books that would pair with it. ...
  • Ms. Yingling
    Feb 01, 2018
    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus On 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 ...
  • Adiba Jaigirdar
    Aug 02, 2017
    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 a...
  • Alex (not a dude) Baugh
    Apr 11, 2018
    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...
  • Rashika (is tired)
    Mar 19, 2018
    The book I FUCKING DESERVE. ...
  • Sam
    Feb 16, 2017
    I cried so much...Definitely Ruta Sepetys for middle grade! ...
  • USOM
    Feb 24, 2018
    (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 wri...
  • Clare Lund
    May 01, 2018
    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 tor...
  • Becky B
    May 29, 2018
    Nisha starts a diary writing letters to her mother, who died when Nisha and her twin brother Amil were born. As a girl who struggles to get words to come out as speech, she feels the need to talk to someone about the events rocking her world. The India she knows and loves is about to b...
  • Lata
    Jul 26, 2018
    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...
  • Sherry Guice
    Jul 02, 2018
    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 c...
  • Lola
    Aug 10, 2018
    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 a...
  • Rajiv
    Apr 15, 2018
    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 t...
  • Pavitra (For The Love of Fictional Worlds)
    Aug 14, 2018
    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 ?...
  • Caitlin Christensen
    Mar 07, 2018
    5 stars RTC ...
  • Suze Lavender
    Mar 05, 2018
    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 brot...
  • Sedley Abercrombie
    May 16, 2018
    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. ...
  • Chelsea
    Jul 18, 2018
    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 t...
  • Hannah Greendale
    Aug 21, 2017
    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-y...
  • Rida Imran
    Aug 10, 2018
    The cover is beautiful. Being from Pakistan while I've heard a lot of partition stories, I've never read any.. ...
  • Sinead (Huntress of Diverse Books)
    Apr 19, 2018
    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 ...
  • Navdip
    Aug 11, 2018
    Initial review: Omg, this was so good! I learnt so much about Indian history and India's Independence, which is what I was hoping for. This has very quickly become one of my favourite middle grade books of all time! ...