Nest by Esther Ehrlich is a book for middle school age children but I think that many adults would like it also. It is not a short book in any sense it is 338 pages long. It is a well written book and I enjoyed it immensely. Nest takes place in 1972 and is about the Orenstein family. Chirp is the youngest family member and the one telling the story. She has a older sister Rachel and a mother who is a dancer and the father is a psychiatrist. Chirp got her name do to her love and knowledge of birds. She spends most of her free time at the marsh watching for all different types of birds. That year she started the sixth grade and makes a friend she never thought would, Joey. One day Chirps mom gets sick and is diagnosed with a horrible disease. After Chirps mom gets ill nothing is ever the same for her again. The book is as full of humor as sadness. There is so much more to this book that I can tell. Stinky clams, swan boats and so much more. Nest is full of surprises. Since this book takes place in the early seventies I would hope that children understand before they read this that medicine has been changing.
(I recieved this book from NetGalley for a honest review)