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The Night Diary

The Night Diary
 

Shy twelve-year-old Nisha, forced to flee her home with her Hindu family during the 1947 partition of India, tries to find her voice and make sense of the world falling apart around her by writing to her deceased Muslim mother in the pages of her diary.

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ISBN 9780735228511
Barcode 9780735228511
Published 15 March 2018 by Penguin
Format Hardback
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Author(s) By Hiranandani, Veera
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ISBN-13 9780735228511
ISBN-10 0735228515
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced (OOS locally); ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Dial Books for Young Readers,US
Publication Date 15 March 2018
International Publication Date 6 March 2018
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Hiranandani, Veera
Category Fiction (Child / Teen)
Award Winning
Personal Family, Relationship & Social Issues
Number of Pages 272
Dimensions Width: 150mm
Height: 216mm
Spine: 30mm
Weight 380g
Interest Age 8-12 years
Reading Age 8-12 years
Library of Congress Refugees, Muslims, Diaries, India - History - Partition, 1947, Hindus
NBS Text Children's Fiction
ONIX Text Children/juvenile
Dewey Code FIC
Catalogue Code 896095

Description of this Book

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 refugees and embark first by train but later on foot to reach her new home. 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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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

Awards Commended for Newbery Medal (Children's) 2019
NZ Review Veera Hiranandani is a master storyteller. This riveting and important book speaks to the power of love in a world divided by hate and raises questions that still need to be asked seventy years after its events took place. Nisha and her story are a part of me now. My question is how do we make this a 'community read' for the whole world? --James Howe, author of The Misfits Nisha's sweet, sheltered world disappears overnight when her country splits in two--now Hindus must live in India, Muslims in Pakistan. But Nisha's both. Where can her family be safe? Hiranandani's story is set in an historical time little known to American children, but she tells it in a way that makes it accessible, timely, interesting and real. --Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, author of Newbery Honor-winning The War That Saved My Life Veera Hiranandani's storytelling is exquisite and compelling. For Nisha, like so many of us, home is a complicated place and this heartbreaking and hopeful novel reminds us that even in places where there is great loss and strife, there is deep joy, renewed faith. The Night Diary is a treasure for young readers who are searching for their place in the world, who are determined to bring home with them wherever they go. --Renee Watson, Piecing Me Together * Believable and heartbreaking...A gripping, nuanced story of the human cost of conflict appropriate for both children and adults. --Kirkus Reviews, starred review
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 1 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Veera Hiranandani earned her MFA in creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College. She is the author of The Whole Story of Half a Girl, which was named a Sydney Taylor Notable Book and a South Asian Book Award Finalist. A former book editor at Simon & Schuster, she now teaches creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College's Writing Institute and Writopia Lab.

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