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Malka Penn Award for Human Rights in Children's Literature: Veera Hiranandani

Tuesday, April 9, 2019
4:00pm – 5:30pm

Storrs Campus
Konover Auditorium, Dodd Center

Join us as we award the 2019 Malka Penn Award for Human Rights in Children's Literature to Veera Hiranadani for her book The Night Diary. Set during one of the most tumultuous events in human history, the 1947 Partition of India, The Night Diary follows twelve year old Nisha as her country is split in two: Pakistan and India. Her deceased mother was Muslim, her father is Hindu. It's become unsafe for her family to remain in their home, which overnight has turned into Pakistan. They must make a dangerous journey across the border into the new India. Nisha relates the terrors and hardships of the journey, as well as the ups and downs of everyday life, through a series of letters she writes to her mother in her diary, the only place she feels safe enough to fully express her feelings.

This is an Honors Event. Categories: Career. Professional, & Personal Development OR Multiculturalism & Global Citizenship



Nana Amos,

Honors Program (primary)

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