Night Diary

Night Diary

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A 2019 NEWBERY HONOR BOOK A gripping; nuanced story of the human cost of conflict appropriate for both children and adults. -Kirkus; starred review In the vein of Inside Out and Back Again and The War That Saved My Life comes a poignant; personal; and hopeful tale of India's partition; and of one girl's journey to find a new home in a divided country 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.

by Hiranandani, Veera