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The nest /

by Oppel, Kenneth; Klassen, Jon [illustrator.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, [2015]Edition: First edition.Description: 244 pages : illustrations; 19 cm.ISBN: 9781481432320 (hardcover); 148143232X (hardcover); 9781481432337 (pbk.); 1481432338 (pbk.).Subject(s): Wasps -- Fiction | Babies -- Fiction | Supernatural -- Fiction | Horror stories -- Fiction | Wasps -- Fiction | Infants -- Fiction | Paranormal fiction | Horror tales -- Fiction | Horror fiction | Paranormal fictionSummary: "When wasps come to Steve in a dream offering to fix his sick baby brother, he thinks all he has to do is say yes. But yes may not mean what Steve thinks it means"-- Provided by publisher.
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" The Nest leaves a lasting mark on the memory." -- The New York Times Book Review

Steve just wants to save his baby brother--but what will he lose in the bargain? Kenneth Oppel's ( Silverwing , The Boundless ) haunting gothic tale for fans of Coraline , is one of the most acclaimed books of the year, receiving six starred reviews. Illustrations from Caldecott Medalist Jon Klassen.

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?

Celebrated author Kenneth Oppel creates an eerie masterpiece in this compelling story that explores disability and diversity, fears and dreams, and what ultimately makes a family. Includes illustrations from celebrated artist Jon Klassen.

"When wasps come to Steve in a dream offering to fix his sick baby brother, he thinks all he has to do is say yes. But yes may not mean what Steve thinks it means"-- Provided by publisher.

Excerpt provided by Syndetics

The Nest THE FIRST TIME I SAW them, I thought they were angels. What else could they be, with their pale gossamer wings and the music that came off them, and the light that haloed them? Right away there was this feeling they'd been watching and waiting, that they knew me. They appeared in my dreams the tenth night after the baby was born. Everything was a bit out of focus. I was standing in some kind of beautiful cave, with shimmering walls like white fabric, lit from outside. The angels were all peering down at me, floating in the air. Only one came close, so luminous and white. I don't know how, but I knew it was a she. Light flowed from her. She was very blurry, not at all human-looking. There were huge dark eyes, and a kind of mane made of light, and when she spoke, I couldn't see a mouth moving, but I felt her words, like a breeze against my face, and I understood her completely. "We've come because of the baby," she said. "We've come to help." Excerpted from The Nest by Kenneth Oppel All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

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Horn Book Review

Steves baby brother came home from the hospital sick (there was something wrong with his heart and his eyes and his brain) and needing lots of care, so his parents dont pay much attention when Steve becomes afraid of the wasps in the backyard. He finds comfort in a recurring dream in which a compassionate voice offers to make everything better. All Steve must do is say yes to the offer, and his dream confidante will turn her promise of a healthy baby into reality. But as he learns more about the wasps that have built their nest outside baby Theos room, this easy fix starts to look like too sinister a bargain. Oppels (Airborn, rev. 7/04, and sequels; The Boundless, rev. 5/14) newest novel is a tight and focused story about the dangers of wishing things back to normal at any cost. The language is straightforward, rarely derailed by extraneous details, but the emotional resonance is deep, and Steves precarious interactions with the honey-voiced queen make ones skin crawl. Klassens full-page black-and-white drawingssimple, but with maximum impact, in shades of light, dark, and darkerastutely capture the magnitude of a childs imagination when he can rely only upon himself. sarah berman (c) Copyright 2015. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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