Digital Free December: The Nest by Kenneth Oppel
Title: The Nest
Author: Kenneth Oppel
Published: Oct. 6, 2015
Publisher: Simon & Schuster for Young Readers
Genre: Grades 5th on up
Review: library book
For some kids summer is a sun-soaked season of fun. But for Steve, it’s just another season of worries. Worries about his sick newborn baby brother who is fighting to survive, worries about his parents who are struggling to cope, even worries about the wasp’s nest looming ominously from the eaves. So when a mysterious wasp queen invades his dreams, offering to “fix” the baby, Steve thinks his prayers have been answered.
All he has to do is say “Yes.” But “yes” is a powerful word. It is also a dangerous one. And once it is uttered, can it be taken back?
So I saw this book in my kids library and picked it up. What drew me to the book was the cover the way it looked see through was pretty amazing. The title is another thing that drew me into grabbing this book because I just kind of wondered what could the book be about if it has The Nest as a title.
I finished this book in one setting and I liked it well enough to pass it on to my 11 year old to read so he could do a book report on it when he got finished.
I do have to say this book was a bit strange you have a young boy who worries about a lot of different things as well as having a sick brother. When he starts having dreams about a wasp visiting him and saying it will bring him a new brother he thinks this is great. Yet once he learns what is "new" brother will be like it changes everything. Can Steve change his mind on wanting a new brother or will it be too late? With a bit of help from a stranger Steve will be able to fix this problem though it will not be easy and Steve will learn this. I do believe I will be looking at wasps just a little bit more closely just in case!
This is the first time I have read anything by this author, I do plan on seeing if he does have anything else out that is as good as this book was.
Kenneth Oppel is the author of numerous books for young readers. His award-winning Silverwing trilogy has sold over a million copies worldwide, and been adapted as an animated TV series and stage play. Airborn was winner of a Michael L Printz Honor Book Award, and the Canadian Governor General's Award for Children's Literature; its sequel, Skybreaker, was a New York Times bestseller and was named Children's Novel of the Year by the London Times. He is also the author of Half Brother, This Dark Endeavor, The Boundless, and The Nest, winner of the CLA Book of the Year for Children. His latest book is the YA novel EVERY HIDDEN THING. Born on Vancouver Island, Oppel has lived in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, England, Ireland, and now lives in Toronto with his wife and children.