The Night Diary

By Diya, Age 10

The Night Diary, by Veera Hiranandani makes me feel seen by representing Indian history and the India partition in the late 1940’s. The Night Diary is especially important to me because there are not a lot of books out there that represent this important time in history from a kid’s point of view.

This book encourages me to learn more about my family’s history and legacy.

This book encourages me to learn more about my family’s history and legacy. This inspired me to ask my grandparents and other family members about their experiences during this time. The main character in the book, Nisha, is a quiet/shy girl who has a lot to say about her culture, identity, and especially her cooking, but doesn’t have the courage to speak up. I feel like this relates to a bit of how I am in life, a quiet and shy girl. Towards the end, Nisha learns to find her inner voice to speak up for herself. The character, Nisha, makes me feel seen by representing all those who have a lot to say, but are afraid to say it. Who knows, maybe I’ll write a book someday too?

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