- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st Edition edition (Sept. 29 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1443438626
- ISBN-13: 978-1443438629
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.3 x 17.8 cm
- Shipping Weight: 717 g
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #119,936 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Nest Hardcover – Sep 29 2015
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School Library Journal Book of the YearPublishers’ Weekly Book of the YearHorn Book Fanfare BookNew York Times’ Editors’ ChoiceWall Street Journal Book of the YearIndigo Books Book of the Year (No Source)^“This quiet yet emotionally haunting book thoughtfully explores themes of safety, anxiety, and the beauty of the imperfect . . . [An] affecting middle grade psychological thriller.” (School Library Journal (starred review))^“A tight and focused story about the dangers of wishing things back to normal at any cost . . . the emotional resonance is deep, and Steve’s precarious interactions with the honey-voiced queen make one’s skin crawl.” (Horn Book (starred review))^“With subtle, spine-chilling horror at its heart, this tale of triumph over monsters-both outside and in-is outstanding . . . a match made in kid-lit heaven.” (Booklist (starred review))^“A masterpiece, and deeply heartening proof that two of our country’s best artists are continuing to take risks and grow artistically, even at the height of their careers.” (The Globe and Mail)
About the Author
KENNETH OPPEL is the Governor General’s Award–winning author of the Airborn series and the Silverwing Saga, which has sold over a million copies worldwide. His most recent novels are The Boundless and The Nest. Twice nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Award, he lives in Toronto with his wife and three children.
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Jon Klassen grew up in Niagara Falls, Canada, and now lives in Los Angeles, California. He is the Caldecott Award-winning author and illustrator of I Want My Hat Back and This Is Not My Hat, as well as the illustrator of Sam and Dave Dig a Hole and Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett; The Dark by Lemony Snicket; House Held Up by Trees by Ted Kooser; Cats' Night Out by Caroline Stutson; and the first three books in the Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series.
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The story was quite creepy at times. It reminded me of Coraline and Skelig. The children in those stories also encountered supernatural things in their backyards.
Steve had very realistic dreams that haunted him during the day. I’ve had dreams that seem like they’re really happening and it can be very scary. But the wasps in his nightmares also appeared to him outside. I kept wondering if Steve was really going crazy!
This story is a great learning experience for children. Steve has to learn to cope with his ill baby brother. Though he doesn’t want him to be sick, he also wouldn’t want to replace him with a perfect baby. Many children have to deal with a sick relative at some point, and though it is difficult, we have to learn to deal with illness. Steve also has anxiety, which is not often depicted in children’s stories, but children can get anxious too.
This is a great story for middle grade and adult readers.
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