Author Veera Hiranandani at PS133

Author Veera Hiranandani is coming to PS 133 on March 22, 2018 to read and share her new book The Night Diary with our 3rd, 4th and 5th graders.

Reading copies of The Night Diary will be provided to every 3rd – 5th grade classroom and the PTA will donate a copy of the book to the PS 133 library so all students have an opportunity to check out the book.

If you’d like to buy The Night Diary for your home library or as gifts, you may pre-order autographed copies through the PTA. Your purchase supports this special Readathon event for our young readers. Books will be delivered to your child in class after the presentation.

You may place an order below via Paypal, or by filling out the form, and returning it to your child’s teacher along with payment. Be sure to complete your order ASAP to be sure you get your copy.


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.


Veera Hiranandani earned her MFA in creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College. She is the author of The Whole Story of Half a Girl, which was named a Sydney Taylor Notable Book and a South Asian Book Award Finalist. A former book editor at Simon & Schuster, she now teaches creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College’s Writing Institute and Writopia Lab.

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