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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The greatest strength of Nest is Chirp’s clear, strong, believable voice. First-person present tense brings us close to her from the outset, and Ehrlich never hits a false note with this endearing, vulnerable, utterly authentic little girl.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “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 review)

  • “With lyrical prose and superbly developed characters, this novel is an emotional roller coaster that effectively conveys a family’s visceral tragedy…Strong readers who enjoy realistic fiction and the occasional good cry will savor Nest.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “A poignant, insightful story of family crisis and the healing power of friendship.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “A beautiful story—poignant and honest…The prose is lyrical at times, beautifully depicting the setting, reflecting the characters’ feelings, and bringing them to life. Occasional references to Chirp’s Jewish heritage and children’s books of the ’70s add depth and realism. There is no escaping the tragedy and loss in either child’s life, but the overall affirmative and perceptive tone of the book point readers to hope and trust.”

    Children’s Literature

  • “Narrator Jenna Lamia emphasizes sixth-grader Chirp’s eagerness and naïveté as her concerns turn from spotting a red-throated loon to coping with her mother’s recent diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. Lamia captures the flat exhaustion in Chirp’s mother’s voice, the strain in her father’s, and the fluctuating emotions in her teenage sister’s. The story’s Cape Cod setting provides opportunities to create vivid voices for the tight-knit group of locals, including a few Boston accents for regional flair. Lamia’s vivid performance contributes to the characterizations, particularly Chirp’s emotional journey, without sacrificing intimacy.”


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