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Title:
Nest
Author:
Ehrlich, Esther, author.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Wendy Lamb Books, [2014]
Physical Description:
329 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Summary:
On Cape Cod in 1972, eleven-year-old Naomi, known as Chirp for her love of birds, gets help from neighbor Joey as she struggles to cope with her mother's multiple sclerosis and its effect on her father and sister.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
Middle School.

830 Lexile
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.4 11.0 168786.
ISBN:
9780385386074

9780385386081

9780385386104
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Book

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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 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.

Praise for Nest :

"A poignant, insightful story of family crisis and the healing power of friendship."-- Kirkus Reviews, Starred

"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 , Starred

"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, Starred

"Chirp's first-person voice is believable; her poignant earnestness is truly heartrending. Ehrlich writes beautifully, constructing scenes with grace and layers of telling detail and insight."-- The Horn Book


What authors are saying about Nest:

" Nest sings with heart and emotion. Simply gorgeous."--Jennifer L. Holm, New York Times bestselling author of Turtle in Paradise

" Nest speaks to the heart. I wanted to put my arms around Chirp and never let go."--Holly Goldberg Sloan, author of Counting by 7s and I'll Be There

"I loved the book! It's so tender and touching and real. Chirp is a marvelous character, and Joey's just plain lovable. I worry about him. Congratulations. The book is absolutely splendid and I hope everyone in the world notices."--Karen Cushman, author of the Newbery Medal, The Midwife's Apprentice and the Newbery Honor, Catherine, Called Birdy

"A remarkable work. Esther Ehrlich's characters stand out so real and true: Chirp's friendship with Joey is tender and moving, and truly unforgettable. One can see Cape Cod and feel Chirp's love for the birds wheeling overhead. I wanted this story to go on and on. What a brilliant future this author has. I can't wait to read her next book."--Patricia Reilly Giff, two-time Newbery Honor-winning author


Author Notes

Esther Ehrlich was born and raised in Boston and spent childhood summers on Cape Cod. She graduated from Vassar College. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family. Nest is her first novel.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

On the muggy banks of Cape Cod, 11-year-old Naomi (aka Chirp) is happiest scampering around the salt marsh, binoculars in hand and watching for birds unless, that is, she is having an impromptu dance party. When Chirp's mother suddenly grows ill, the joy is sucked from their home, and Chirp takes refuge in her birds and a new friendship. Very much a character-based story, Nest is driven by emotion and reflection. Chirp's keen observations, à la Harriet the Spy, allow readers to see the world through her eyes, and the seamless integration of her passions (birds and dance) into the tale truly bring her to life. Ehrlich sets her story in the 1970s and creates a strong sense of time and place, though some pop-culture references will zoom over young readers' heads. This is a heartfelt debut, marked by its gentle strength and positive message of family and friendship, particularly in the face of tragedy. Chirp proves a memorable heroine who will settle comfortably in the birdhouse in your soul.--Smith, Julia Copyright 2014 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

First-time author Ehrlich's achingly realistic depiction of family love and loss is set on Cape Cod during the early 1970s. Chirp Orenstein's mother, Hannah, is a vivacious, talented dancer until a leg ailment forces her to slow down. When Hannah is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, she falls into a deep depression, fading to an almost unrecognizable shadow of her former self. No one-not Chirp, not her older sister, not their psychiatrist father-can make Hannah feel better. Chirp keeps her sadness and feelings of helplessness to herself except when she's with her friend Joey, a neighbor who spends a good deal of time trying to avoid his violent father and seems to understand what Chirp is going through. 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. Allusions to songs and trends of the era and references to Chirp's strong Jewish heritage accentuate and ground the story. Ages 8-12. Agent: Susan Golomb, Susan Golomb Literary Agency. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-6-It's the dog days of the summer, 1972, and spirited 11-year-old Naomi "Chirp" Orenstein tries to enjoy them as best she can-but something is wrong with her mother's leg. Chirp's mother Hannah is a dancer and the prospect of permanent limited mobility is both heartbreaking and terrifying. A diagnosis of MS sends Hannah spiraling into a debilitating depression, and she is sent to a mental hospital. Chirp's father, a psychiatrist, is consumed with grief and tethered to work, leaving Chirp and her older sister Rachel alone much of the time. After several months of therapy, Hannah returns home. The reunion is short-lived as she slips deeper into depression and tragically decides to end her life, leaving Chirp, Rachel, and their father to navigate their transformed familial relationship. A stunning debut, with lyrical prose and superbly developed characters, this novel is an emotional roller coaster that effectively conveys a family's visceral tragedy. At times tear inducing, the narrative is also vibrantly alive, assisted in part by the Cape Cod setting and refreshingly unplugged 1970s. The focus on nature and the outdoors helps set the pace as the seasonal changes quietly indicate the passage of time. Sensitive readers should be aware of the tough issues that it addresses-suicide, depression, and personal loss. However, the story also offers a hopeful message. Strong readers who enjoy realistic fiction and the occasional good cry will savor Nest and reflect on it long after its conclusion.-Juliet Morefield, Multnomah County Library, OR (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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