Today's library haul....so much for my 2020 resolution to read more from my own shelves....
What a beautiful story! Listened to the majority on SCRIBD. 5 🌟
This is a beautiful, important book. Nisha is 12 years old in 1947 and she feels the loss of her mother who died in childbirth. Nisha copes with her thoughts and feelings by writing to her mother at night in a diary. The family is then caught in the political turmoil of India‘s partition and has to deal with becoming refugees in their own country. Elegant writing and memorable characters mix with themes of family, grief, and tolerance.
This middle grade book tells the story of the partition of India in 1947, and its effects on a family that relocated to the “New India”. It is told through Nisha who receives a journal for her twelfth birthday. Her Mama was Muslim, but she died in childbirth. Her Papa is Hindu. Nisha can‘t understand why she must leave her home and why the two groups can not live as one. She writes her feelings as letters to her mother in the journal. #booked2019
Such a good story! It‘s written in the form of diary entries. A 12 year old girl writes to the mother she never knew and tells her the story of her family‘s journey during India‘s partition in 1947. Powerful, gripping- it touches on differences, fear of the other, and ultimately how we are all the same. Great audio narration as well! Thanks to #thereadingwomenpodcast for bringing this book to my attention!
One of my great uncles was a missionary in #India and therefore some of my cousins (first cousins once removed) grew up there. One of those cousins married the son of another missionary, and she told us a little about the partition. Her father-in-law, a humble Christian missionary, quietly helped several thousand Muslims and Hindus get to the right side of the border and saved their lives. This book was featured on Reading Women. #letstraveljuly
Just finished up my IRL book club‘s June pick during lunch today - I loved it. It‘s an immensely readable middle-grade book with a diary format. The MC is a 12 year old half-Hindu, half-Muslim girl whose family is living through India‘s independence from Britain, which divided India into two countries, India and Pakistan. This was a subject I didn‘t know much about and the book was really well-done. A Newbery Honor Book.
“I had never wondered about being safe before. I just thought I was.”
Nisha, 12, and her twin brother Amil are caught up with their Hindu father in newly-formed Muslim Pakistan. Like so many #middlegrade reads, this is as much a book about growing up as it is about the historical moment it portrays.
I love the image of harmony this passage evokes. That harmony and acceptance between individuals that can be so hard to achieve among larger groups. But you have to start somewhere, right?
I was very unsure about this story‘s format when I first started, but I really came to love it! Thanks for the #buddyread @smilingshelves 😊
What a perfect description of survivor‘s guilt. That feeling that your own pain and hardship don‘t count because you know others have been through worse. It‘s a hard place to be in, for sure.
When you get your car inspection done and they drive it back around for you and you realize the audiobook you listened to on the way over automatically connected to the Bluetooth 🙄🙊 I don‘t think they run the car for long, but I hope the mechanics enjoyed the snippet that played because they didn‘t even turn the sound down! 🎧📚🎧🤷🏼♀️
#buddyread @smilingshelves I might finish tonight while doing household stuff after big boy is in bed!
Audio was definitely the right choice for me for this book! Now I might be reading too fast for our #buddyread! 😬 There were a few really great lines in the section I listened to today — I‘m going to have to go find them in the print copy now for my reading journal. 📖 How are you liking it so far @smilingshelves?
In this middle grade book, the conflict between Muslims and Hindus and the large migrations at the time of India‘s independence is told through 12 yo Nisha‘s family‘s flight from their town in the newly formed Pakistan to India. Nisha and her twin Amil are compelling characters and their relationships with their dad, Muslim cook Kazi and their uncle Rashid are moving. The story has complexity not always seen in novels for younger readers.
I see some parallels with Merci Suarez Changes Gears. In my opinion, twelve is plenty old enough to know what's really going on!
@BucklingBookshelves #buddyread I haven't much time to read over the past couple days, but the next few should be better. How are you doing?
Finally starting The Night Diary #buddyread!
I‘m only a couple pages in and already struggling a bit with the format. As an epistolary novel, the letters are written by a 12-year main character. I am an adult reader and clearly not the book‘s intended audience, but I‘m still not so sure about an entire middle novel written at an actual middle grade writing level. What do you think so far @smilingshelves ? I‘m thinking about switching to audio! 🤔
Well, this may make this book a little difficult to read...
Thankfully it only happens a few times, as far as I can tell from flipping through. 🤷
@BucklingBookshelves Is your copy like this?
@BucklingBookshelves My hold came in early! When do you want to start? 😁
Gearing up for another Newbery #buddyread in April! I won this free ARC in a Goodreads giveaway and never got around to reading it 🙊 but since it was named a 2019 Newbery Honor, it‘s been bumped up my TBR list. When should we start Julie? @smilingshelves
12-yr-old Nisha & her twin never knew their Muslim mother; she died when they were born. They live with their grandmother & Hindu father in newly-formed Pakistan. It‘s 1947, so they are forced to flee across the border with other nonMuslims. Nisha & her family witness horrific things along the way, yet the story remains gentle. The diary format is perfect in #audiobook & narrator Priya Ayyar has an appropriately youthful voice. Age 8-up
I‘m gonna go ahead and say that this is a good reason to be staying in, turning on a Pokémon movie for the kids, and for me, settling down with a book
Breakfast and a new ebook. I‘m really enjoying this book, written in letters to a young girl‘s mother, who died in childbirth. The story takes place during Partition, when Pakistan was established and millions of Hindus and Muslims were displaced.
This story is loosely inspired by the experiences of the author‘s father, & his family, & boy is it a good one. British rule is ending & India is to be divided into Pakistan & India. Born to a Hindu father & Muslim mother (who is dead), twins Nisha & Amil & their family are forced to leave their home, now in Pakistan, & travel to safety in India. Nisha records their harrowing journey in a journal. Great MG read about India, refugees & more.
Another book I‘m excited to preview. This one is the story of 12 year old Nisha. She and her father flee the only home she‘s over known, forced to leave as India is being divided into India and Pakistan after the end of British rule in 1947. It‘s told through letters and I‘m expecting a very interesting read.
Why are people not obsessing over this brilliant YA historical fiction?! It‘s set in 1947, the historic year that saw the India and Pakistan partition. We see the horrific and brutal divide through the diary entries that Nisha (12y) writes for her dead mother. I loved her exploration of home, displacement and identity. This historic event is underrepresented in children‘s literature and TND does it incredible justice. So jarring & beautiful.
Told through the letters 12-year old Nisha writes to her deceased mother, this is the story of what her family undergoes through Partition. So many moving moments in this story- raw, heartfelt. The only thing is that I think the epistolary format ended up distancing me from the characters and what they were going through. Despite the tragedy and pain, there's still a sliver of hope at the end of it all. Definitely recommend. #25infive #MountTBR
For some reason I've largely only been able to engage with books in the audiobook format. So I'm just sitting around taking in giant chunks of books on audio. If anybody is on Scribd, hit me up with some suggestions of audiobooks on there!
Twelve-year-old Nisha is half Hindu and half Muslim, a dangerous thing to be during the 1947 Partition dividing a newly free India into two countries. She writes letters to her dead mother about her family‘s perilous journey from their home in the new Pakistan to the new India and how she dreams of “A place where...nobody would mind that you [Mama] were Muslim and Papa was Hindu.” Yet Nisha finds courage to hold onto both sides of her family. ❤️
Finally starting the third book in my #NewReleaseMadness TBR, Veera Hiranandani‘s The Night Diary (released March 6, 2018). I‘m super excited about this one, as I love epistolary novels, and even more because as a half Asian I‘m intentionally seeking out books by Asian authors this year. Also, I am interested in learning about the 1947 Partition of India. So this book hits a lot of great notes for me!
“Everything is different now, even though it‘s exactly the same. I can see it all around us, but I don‘t know what to call it. It‘s like a new sound I can hear in the air.”
Just started this story about a family caught between the formation of Pakistan and the newly independent India, and their journey as refugees from their home to something new.