By: Esther Erlich
Publisher: Random House Childrens
“Nest” is a book written for middle school aged children. It takes place in the 70’s in Cape Cod.
Eleven-year-old “Chrip”, Naomi Orenstein and her older sister, Rachel, live with their father, a Jewish Psychiatrist, and Hannah, their dancer mother. When Hannah develops problems with her leg and is diagnosed with MS, their whole world changes. Hannah suffers from her illness and debilitating depression. Chirp’s saving grace is her love of bird watching and the development of an unlikely friendship with neighbor Joey, whose family is considered less-than-desirable to know. Chirp and Joey come up with a plan to have adventure, discover and escape.
I found this book to be a great book for this age. It was honest in dealing with subjects such as suicide, depression and loss. This is one of those books that will linger with you long after you have finished reading it. Chirp and Joey show that even though life is filled with unpredictable situations, love, faith and friendship can help you survive.
In my opinion this book should be required reading for this age group as it gently introduces them to hard facts of life in an easy to understand format.
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Random House Childrens, through NetGalley blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.