The Nest

The Nest

Book - 2015
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An anxious boy becomes convinced that angels will save his sick baby brother. But these are creatures of a very different kind, and their plan for the baby has a twist. Layer by layer, he unravels the truth about his new friends as the time remaining to save his brother ticks down.
Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins, ©2015.
ISBN: 9781443438629
Characteristics: 244 pages :,illustrations ;,19 cm
Additional Contributors: Klassen, Jon - Illustrator


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Jul 31, 2020

This book is very well detailed and so realistic that you can hear the bees buzzing. It is kind of frightening in some parts, but overall an awesome book. I recommend to anyone who is looking for a good read!

Greene_CaitlinW May 01, 2020

Steve's summer is full of worry - worry for his sick new baby brother, worry for his parents who are barely coping with the stress, and worry about the wasp nest being built outside his bedroom window. When an angel (or is it the wasp queen?) approaches him in his dreams offering to make his brother well again, Steve is beyond relieved and accepts her help with haunting results.

Steve’s family has just welcomed a new member, but the baby isn’t healthy. Although his mother and father must spend a lot of their time caring for the baby, Steve’s fine by himself. His only problem is the bad dreams that come at night, but he has ways of coping. Then things improve when angels visit his dreams, banish the dark shadow at the end of his bed and tell him that they can fix the baby. Steve would do anything to help his family, but are the angels telling the truth? A dark story that centers on a young boy, already dealing with anxiety whose family is struggling with the stress of a very sick child. It’s a mature book, but I felt very approachable for middle grade kids, especially if read with an adult. — Lee B., Eden Prairie Library

JCLHeatherC Aug 23, 2019

Mallory O'Meara, author of "Lady from the Black Lagoon" mentioned in a tweet that she read this book in one sitting and couldn't recommend it enough. I immediately put it on my holds list and I have to say, I agree. It's creepy in the best way and portrays a child with anxiety in a real and complex way. It's 244 pages are peppered with illustrations that add to the story and puts oomph in the chill factor.

Jul 25, 2019

The nest is an engaging story of a lonesome boy with a unique brother with congenital abnormalities. He is truly concerned about his little brother and, in his dreams he finds the answer to the problem. But he doesn't realize there is more to the solution than he anticipated. Now, he's stuck deciding between the "good side" with seemingly wrong intentions or, battle the wasps and indanger his life for his brother who is helpless and can't fight for himself. Read the book to find out which path he chooses. This book is a very sad and relatable book for some people. It has very deep connections in it and explains what it is like to have a sibling with congenital abnormalities. One of the messages in this book is that no one is perfect but everyone is loved. I would unquestionably recommend this book if you like mysteries or science fiction. A definite page-turner. 5/5. @TheBookWorm of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

Jul 12, 2019

The story is amazing and the plot has many twists and turns that make it a very good read. It is scary in a mild and haunting way, but it most likely will not give you nightmares. It is written very well and I like the way it paints the scene using words.

Sep 01, 2018

Amazing story and plot twist... You could say. The author has clearly shown dedication to this well written story. Another book should come out about if Steven chose to take in the new book, what would've happened... Definitely recommend.

Jul 09, 2018

Extremely creepy, unique story of a lonely boy with a new brother with congenital abnormalities. As his family stresses about the baby's problems, Steven "dreams" up a solution, but it doesn't work out as planned when he tries to back out of an agreement with a queen. A memorable story to promote the theme that no one is perfect and that's ok. I heard about this book from commenters on the GAR Facebook group. Although billed as a children's book, teens and adults will likely enjoy it also.

Mar 25, 2018

This is a good book. There's tons of mystery and suspense.

CRRL_MegRaymond Mar 06, 2018

Steve’s baby brother is sick, very sick. He dreams that wasps have a way of fixing his brother and he agrees to the offer presented by the hive queen.

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Dec 24, 2016

Frightening or Intense Scenes: While 8+ is mostly appropriate, some more sensitive children may be too unsettled by the last part of the book.


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Greene_CaitlinW May 01, 2020

'Yes' is a very powerful word. It's like opening a door. It's like fanning a flame. It's the most powerful word in the world.


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