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.
"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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Great Book for Adults - take a step back in time!
Yes I have recommended this to friends. I think reading the book would have been good but hearing this particular book is amazing. I haven't really thought about what it was like to be 11 years old but in listening to this book - I was suddenly back there! The actress who plays the main character Chirp has an incredible ability to express the nuances of a child's feelings in her spoken word. Really great imagery and a very creative dialogue and expression of feelings. I don't understand why it is recommended only for 10 year olds - any adult would appreciate the story and the characters in this book.
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Everything about Jenna's performance was well done. As I said I haven't really thought about what it was like to be 11 years old but in listening to this book - I was suddenly back there! Jenna Lamia has has an incredible ability to express the nuances of a child's feelings in her spoken word.
Yes I stayed up late two nights!
Esther Ehrlich's writing ability and character development is phenomenal. This is her first book! Wow she has a great skill.
- Gail Jarocki
great narrator, good story
- Debra Hendrix