For fans of Jennifer Holm (Penny from Heaven, Turtle in Paradise), a heartfelt and unforgettable middle-grade novel about an irresistible girl and her family, tragic change, and the healing power of love and friendship. In 1972 home is a cozy nest on Cape Cod for eleven-year-old Naomi “Chirp” Orenstein, her older sister, Rachel; her psychiatrist father; and her dancer mother. But then Chirp’s mom develops symptoms of a serious disease, and everything changes.
Chirp finds comfort in watching her beloved wild birds. She also finds a true friend in Joey, the mysterious boy who lives across the street. Together they create their own private world and come up with the perfect plan: Escape. Adventure. Discovery.
Nest is Esther Ehrlich’s stunning debut novel. Her lyrical writing is honest, humorous, and deeply affecting. Chirp and Joey will steal your heart. Long after you finish Nest, the spirit of Chirp and her loving family will stay with you.
Nest was one of the most heart-breakingly beautiful books I’ve ever read. It’s up there with Homcoming which is one of my all time favorite books.
Nest drew me in so much that I was back to my 5th grade self, clomping through the woods on an adventure. I was sad when it was done because my new friends, Chirp and Joey, can’t come out and play anymore. I hope they’re okay.
Other than Chirp and Joey, I found the other characters to be caricatures of their roles – the Teen, the Shrink, and the New Teacher – with little development. It’s alright, it’s not their story.
It’s Chirp and Joey’s – one of friendship and healing.
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I should note that although this was a great book, it did tackle some pretty serious issues such as chronic illness, depression, suicide, and child abuse. If you’re going to hand it to your kiddo, you might want to be ready for some tough questions.