The Night Diary

The Night Diary Review

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.

Title:The Night Diary
Edition Language:English

    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • Hannah Greendale

    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. B...

  • Rashika (is tired)

    The book I FUCKING DESERVE. ...

  • Donalyn

    Beautiful and heartbreaking. A treasure. ...

  • Sinead (Huntress of Diverse Books)

    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...

  • Adiba Jaigirdar

    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...

  • Sam

    I cried so much...Definitely Ruta Sepetys for middle grade!...

  • Lisa

    This book, you guys. Wow. What a treasure. An award contender for sure. I'll be thinking about Nisha for a long time....

  • Ms. Yingling

    E ARC from Edelweiss PlusOn 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 write...

  • Abby Johnson

    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 Y...

  • Suze Lavender

    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 fami...