• by Esther Ehrlich
  • Narrated by Jenna Lamia
  • 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 11-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.


What the Critics Say

"A poignant, insightful story of family crisis and the healing power of friendship." (Kirkus Reviews)
"A stunning debut, with lyrical prose and superbly developed characters... [Readers] will savor Nest and reflect on it long after its conclusion." (School Library Journal)
"Ehrlich's novel beautifully captures the fragile bond shared by Chirp and Joey and their growing trust for each other in a world filled with disappointments and misunderstandings." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

great narrator, good story

enjoyed the details of life on the salt marsh. very good characters drew me into the story
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- Debra Hendrix


Language a bit crude for me. No warning beforehand. Story might have been interesting but I stopped.
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- Julie P. Baker

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-03-2015
  • Publisher: Listening Library