🇵🇰 🇮🇳 “Remembering the mistakes of the past will hopefully create a more enlightened, tolerant, and peaceful future (Author’s Note, Veera Hiranandani).” Thankful that MG novels help teach us about the past and encourage empathy and love. I’m embarrassed to say that I didn’t know about the largest mass migration in history: when India was partitioned into two republics. This book, written in letter/diary form, tells the story of one family’s experience during this migration.
📚 The Night Diary
Author: Veera Hiranandani
❤️ This could be your new favorite book if you want a touching and challenging historical fiction story or sometimes struggle to express your feelings.
Main character: Nisha (12)
Guided Reading: NA
Genre: Historical Fiction
It’s 1947. India is newly free from British rule and is being divided into two countries. Tension is rising, people are being split based on their beliefs, and Nisha doesn’t understand any of it. She struggles to express herself with words, but finds comfort in telling her story by writing letters to her mom (who died giving birth to her) in her diary. This story follows Nisha and her family for five months as they become refugees and journey to cross the boarder.
🔎Topics explored: 1947 India, Hindu/Muslim tensions, some mention of brutality