Book Reviews

Genre: Historical fiction, diary fiction

Key Stage: KS3

Rating: ★★★★★

The Night Diary, Veera Hiranandani (2018)

The Night Diary is an amazing story by Veera Hiranandani about a young girl on a heroic adventure.

The story is set in India 1947 who has recently gained independence from the British Empire. At this time, India was being split up into two: Pakistan and India. Thousands of people were killed crossing the borders trying to find safety and there was terrible tension between Hindu and Muslim communities.

12-year-old Nisha is confused about what’s happening around her and anxious that she will have to embark on a dangerous mission to flee Pakistan and head to the new India. The book tells her story wonderfully and has made me learn more about the division of India. It portrays Nisha’s journey with so much emotion and tells us through her letters to her late mother.

This book is brilliant and I would definitely recommend this book. I loved it, and I’m sad I can’t read it anymore. In My opinion it is 5/5 stars. This is good for year 7.

If you liked this, you would love to read: When Stars Are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed, Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga and Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed

Reviewer:  Lily Woodford, Year 8

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