Sunday, September 14, 2014

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday - Nest

Welcome! I hope you had a wonderful weekend! Today's Marvelous Middle Grade Monday is a brand new book by debut author, Esther Ehrlich. I was able to read an arc from the publisher on NetGalley for my honest opinion. All thoughts in the post are my own.

NEST
by: Esther Ehrlich
Wendy Lamb Books 2014

From Goodreads:
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.

What an amazing book! The more I read middle grade, the more I realize that I love realistic fiction, whether it be contemporary or historical, that has an MC and his/her family dealing with situations that could occur to anyone. In the case of NEST, Chirp is a fun, dancing, smiling girl who loves bird-watching and living along the ocean. But as Chirp’s mom’s medical condition deteriorates, she experiences emotions and situations that would be hard for any 11-year-old to deal with. At this point, she begins her friendship with Joey, the boy who lives across the street. Seeing the bond grow between these two, neither of whom has an ideal family life, was enjoyable and heart-wrenching at the same time. Yes, I will agree that this book contains some heavy topics, but nothing that middle graders shouldn’t be able to handle and process. As a debut book, I’m very impressed and hope that Chirp and Joey’s story might continue in a second book.

For those of you who have reached my post today, Sunday, I purposely posted early to give you a chance to win an arc of NEST from my friend, Barbara Watson. If you are on Twitter, here is Barbara's tweet with the details. Her giveaway runs through tonight (9/14) 8pm CST. Good luck and thanks for stopping by today. Have a great week!