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Author: Esther Ehrlich Narrator: Jenna Lamia Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2015 ISBN: 9781101925539
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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 Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • 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."
  • “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

  • 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.
  • “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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About the Author

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

About the Narrator

Jenna Lamia is an actress and award-winning audiobook narrator. She has won the prestigious Audie Award, as well as more than a dozen AudioFile Earphones Awards. Her narration of The Book of Polly was named a 2018 Outstanding Audiobook Narration by RUSA. She narrated Mary E. Pearson’s The Adoration of Jenna Fox, which won a YALSA Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults award, and Carol Lynch Williams’ The Chosen One, for which she received the 2010 Audie Award for Best Female Solo Narration. She has appeared on and off-Broadway, and her acting credits include appearances on Oz, Law & Order: SVU, and NYPD Blue. She has attended Amherst College, New York University, and the Sorbonne in Paris.