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.
What a wonderful debut novel!
Ehrlich has created a very emotional story that moved me. The characters are relatable, the setting is perfect, and the flow is flawless. It has a “My Girl” feel to it, which I adore, and I couldn’t help crying during a few scenes. I also love how Jewish traditions and meals are shared with such ease; I want chocolate Babka! For those old enough to remember the ’70’s, be ready for a walk down memory lane as Tab and David Cassidy,(my first crush), make a debut. Although middle schooler’s are the targeted audience, I would consider this for mature eighth grader’s and up.
This is an author to watch, and a novel to pick up!
I hate spoilers, but I must mention that parents should be aware that serious illnesses, suicide, death, and abuse are part of the story.
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