The Moon from Dehradun

A Story of Partition


Azra knows that wherever she goes, her doll Gurya will follow. Even if it’s on a train that will take her far away from the house her family has lived in for generations. Even if there is a new flag flying in Dehradun, and no place left in it for Azra. At least she will be taking a piece of home with her.

But when Abba comes home and says they must leave right now, Gurya gets left behind in the scramble. Will Azra be strong enough to face the long journey alone? And what will happen to Gurya, now hundreds of miles behind them?

Inspired by the author’s family story, this lyrical, moving picture book is a testament to the strength, courage, and perseverance of the over 10 million refugees displaced by the largest forced migration in recorded history, and shares a young girl’s journey from her old home to a new one.

⭐ “A great choice for classroom use or shared one-on-one, this is a must-have for every library” — School Library Journal, starred review

⭐ A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection

⭐ A Kirkus Best Picture Book of the Year, 2022

⭐ WINNER of the Toka Box Top South Asian Books of 2022

Book Details

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Atheneum Books for Young Readers (August 30, 2022)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 40 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1665906790
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1665906791
Reading age ‏ : ‎ 4 – 8 years
Grade level ‏ : ‎ Preschool – 3
Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 10.6 ounces
Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 11 x 0.13 x 8.5 inches