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The Night Diary

The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandini, is a series of letters written by Nisha to her deceased mother. Nisha is 12 years old and this novel is her view of the tumultuous period when India got independence. The country was split into a new India for the Hindus and Pakistan for the Muslims. Millions of people migrated across the border and were killed in the riots. Nisha and her family had to leave Mirpur Khas and embark on a dangerous journey to the new India. This book is similar in format to the Diary of Anne Frank. We learn how the partition of India affected Nisha and her family. After reading this book, I understood that the dark periods in world history leave an unforgettable mark on children who live through it. They lose their childhood and are scarred for the rest of their lives. This book is a must read if you love learning about history and culture of other countries. I was surprised that this book was in middle-grade fiction because adults can …

Murder Lo Mein

Murder Lo Mein by Vivien Chien is a murder mystery. Lana is the owner of Ho Lee’s restaurant. The restaurant participates in the noodle contest to vie for the top restaurant spot in the Asian Village. One of the most notorious judges of the contest, Norman Pan is murdered. Lara investigates his murder and the string of murders that plague the noodle contest. Were the murders related to the contest or did they have a personal connection? This is my first book by Vivian Chen. I felt that the character description needed a bit of work. I did not care about the murder of Norman Pan. Unlike Agatha Christie novels, where the victim has a rich financial and emotional background, none of it was provided for Norman Pan. He was just a harsh critic whom no one liked. I also did not care about who won the noodle contest because I knew Lana’s restaurant would win. Lana was also a rookie in solving the murder case. I rate this book a 3 out of 5 …