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Naomi, more commonly known as Chirp loves birds and watching them. Rachel, her sister, and Chirp are finding that it is extremely difficult to deal with their Mom's diagnoses if MS. As a dancer, this has dealt her a tremendous blow. After weeks of depression, father puts their mother into a hospital that will help her deal with her depression. When she returns home, things are better for awhile until one day dad picks her up to tell her her mother has died. It is a great read, but not sure I agree with ages 8-12. Because of the subject matter I would say high 5th grade to middle school. The inference that the mother drowned - which also could have been suicide would be better for older students.

— Sue M.

A one-word description of this book would be honest. 'Chirp' is a young girl living in Cape Cod with a fondness for birds and a simple life. When her mother becomes sick, Chirp's simple world seems to have turned upside down. To escape the pain and struggle, Chirp finds adventure and a hidden world in the place she calls home with a neighbor - Joey. Ehrlich uses her lyrical writing style to bring her first novel to life. Nest is a must read! - Morgan

— Morgan


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.

Praise for Nest:

"A poignant, insightful story of family crisis and the healing power of friendship."--Kirkus Reviews, Starred

"A stunning debut, with lyrical prose and superbly developed characters. . . . [Readers] will savor Nest and reflect on it long after its conclusion."--School Library Journal, Starred

"Ehrlich’s novel beautifully captures the fragile bond shared by Chirp and Joey and their growing trust for each other in a world filled with disappointments and misunderstandings."--Publishers Weekly, Starred 

"Chirp’s first-person voice is believable; her poignant earnestness is truly heartrending. Ehrlich writes beautifully, constructing scenes with grace and layers of telling detail and insight."--The Horn Book

What authors are saying about Nest:

Nest sings with heart and emotion. Simply gorgeous.”--Jennifer L. Holm, New York Times bestselling author of Turtle in Paradise

"Nest speaks to the heart. I wanted to put my arms around Chirp and never let go."--Holly Goldberg Sloan, author of Counting by 7s and I'll Be There

"I loved the book! It's so tender and touching and real. Chirp is a marvelous character, and Joey's just plain lovable. I worry about him. Congratulations. The book is absolutely splendid and I hope everyone in the world notices."--Karen Cushman, author of the Newbery Medal, The Midwife's Apprentice and the Newbery Honor, Catherine, Called Birdy

“A remarkable work. Esther Ehrlich’s characters stand out so real and true: Chirp’s friendship with Joey is tender and moving, and truly unforgettable. One can see Cape Cod and feel Chirp’s love for the birds wheeling overhead. I wanted this story to go on and on. What a brilliant future this author has. I can’t wait to read her next book.”--Patricia Reilly Giff, two-time Newbery Honor–winning author

About the Author

Esther Ehrlich was born and raised in Boston and spent childhood summers on Cape Cod. She graduated from Vassar College. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family. Nest is her first novel.

Praise For…

Kirkus starred review, May 15, 2014:
“A poignant, insightful story of family crisis and the healing power of friendship.”

School Library Journal starred review, May 15, 2014:
A stunning debut, with lyrical prose and superbly developed characters, this novel is an emotional roller coaster that effectively conveys a family’s visceral tragedy.

Publishers Weekly starred review, July 14, 2014:
"Ehrlich’s novel beautifully captures the fragile bond shared by Chirp and Joey and their growing trust for each other in a world filled with disappointments and misunderstandings."
Product Details
ISBN: 9780385386074
ISBN-10: 0385386079
Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books
Publication Date: September 9th, 2014
Pages: 336
Language: English