Ehrlich, Esther. Nest. Wendy Lamb Books, 2014. $16.99. ISBN 9780385386074. 329 pgs. Ages 10-14 P7 Q8
Eleven year old Naomi has a hard time when her dancer mother develops multiple sclerosis and can no longer dance. “Chirp,” as Naomi is called, becomes friends with Joey, a new boy who lives across the street. The characters have to deal with difficult things as Naomi’s mother dies and her friend Joey does not go home because his father is violent. This is a story about how one can survive even when things don’t go so well.This type font of this book is larger which may encourage the reluctant reader to pick up this story.
[Editor’s note: this is the author’s first book, realistic fiction, set on Cape Cod during the 1970’s.]
September 2015 review by Melinda Dye.