The Nest

The Nest

eBook - 2015
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“The Nest leaves a lasting mark on the memory.” —The New York Times Book Review Steve just wants to save his baby brother—but what will he lose in the bargain? Kenneth Oppel’s (Silverwing, The Boundless) haunting gothic tale for fans of Coraline, is one of the most acclaimed books of the year, receiving six starred reviews. Illustrations from Caldecott Medalist Jon Klassen.For some kids summer is a sun-soaked season of fun. But for Steve, it’s just another season of worries. Worries about his sick newborn baby brother who is fighting to survive, worries about his parents who are struggling to cope, even worries about the wasp’s nest looming ominously from the eaves. So when a mysterious wasp queen invades his dreams, offering to “fix” the baby, Steve thinks his prayers have been answered. All he has to do is say “Yes.” But “yes” is a powerful word. It is also a dangerous one. And once it is uttered, can it be taken back? Celebrated author Kenneth Oppel creates an eerie masterpiece in this compelling story that explores disability and diversity, fears and dreams, and what ultimately makes a family.
Publisher: 2015
ISBN: 9781481432344
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Aug 01, 2017

This story is for sure not like the rest of the books I have read. I am usually not hooked to stories like this but, I was hooked to this one. It was very interesting and the author did a great job writing it. I thought it was something different and it was fun to read. I really recommend reading this book!

GCPL_Teen Jun 29, 2017

The mystery begins early on in this novel, yet the pace is relatively slow. If you like mysteries or science fiction, this may be a good choice for you.

Jun 10, 2017

Creepy as all get out.

I'm not entirely convinced that this is fantasy; it's set up such that Steven could be imagining/hallucinating the "angels". Either way, the story deals nicely with the mixed emotions of a boy whose baby brother was born with birth defects.

Read in one sitting.

JCLAngelicaR Jun 09, 2017

I don’t read horror stories. Typically or intentionally. “The Nest” is currently one of the William Allen White nominees, which in itself holds the promise of a quality read. Little did I expect when I pulled the book from a shelf, that my reading experience would be this unforgettable. No, “haunting” is the word. From its consciously dingy book jacket and illustrations to its unassuming narrative, the story gradually takes you on a roller-coaster ride ending with an imminent climax. And in the center of it all is a boy, big brother, who has to make a choice: either join the dark forces, supposedly having good intentions, or fight the beasts to save someone precious who can’t fight for himself. Are you hooked yet? In addition to horror fans, the book will be quite a choice for dystopia lovers and adults who are curious about glimpsing into the world of a kid and discover that they can… relate to it. The age-old question, “Do we have to be perfect to be loved and cherished?” is right in front of you. How do you answer it?

Jan 13, 2017

I think this is almost an adult book in kid's clothing. It is really a mature matter and parts especially near the end are very unsettling for a younger reader. I would be so interested in hearing how young readers liked it and how old they are. It is a profound story and you will never look at a wasp nest the same way. But I find it more an adult theme.

samdog123 Nov 30, 2016

Honestly, this creepy read had me on the edge of my seat! Canadian author, Kenneth Oppel, writes a gripping, suspenseful book that made it onto the 2017 Silver Birch nominated list. Although its scary, it is totally appropriate for sophisticated readers from ages 9 and up. I've never read another book quite like it and its a quick, easy read. When Steve's family brings home their new baby, Theodore, it appears that he has an inherited genetic issue that will cause many future health problems. Steve, always a child who has bad dreams and anxiety, begins to have dreams about a wasp queen who tells him she and he worker wasps are creating a new baby brother for him....the suspense will keep you turning the pages--no matter how old you are!

AL_STEFFEN Nov 23, 2016

Steve's new baby brother is born sick, he has to get a lot of operations, and if it lives, which it probably won't, he may never be a normal person.
"Is the baby going to die [Steve asks his Dad].
[Dad] was doing a pretty lousy job arranging the plates in the dishwasher. Usually he was very particular."

Steve starts to have dreams about the Queen, who says she will fix everything.
"Before you know it, you'll forget all about that crappy little broken baby."

This book was WEIRD. Read it if you're scared of wasps.

VaughanPLKasey Nov 15, 2016

A wonderfully creepy and strange story. I couldn't put it down.

LPL_WilliamO Oct 05, 2016

Creepy and a little terrifying - especially if you've a phobia of wasps! Steve suffers from nightmares and then realizes they're more than just dreams - a swarm of wasps are intending to replace his sickly baby brother with the "perfect" child they're building in their nest. Definitely a page turner. Definitely memorable.

KCLS_RobinH Aug 31, 2016

Creepy, atmospheric, and excellent in both book and audio form. Quirky kid plagued by nightmares finds his dreams aren't as imaginary as he thinks, and he must find the strength in himself to save his imperfect baby brother before another takes his place. Precise insect details, but not for the squeamish.

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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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