Whoever recommended this book definitely got me out of my comfort zone! This is not a book I would have normally picked up, and I am glad I have another hour or two before bedtime!
The Nest by Kenneth Oppel (Lexile: 640; Interest Level: Grades 5-9) is a very well-written, well-designed book. From the cover (can you tell what kind of nest?) to the chapter "numbers" (done as pictures of the residents of the nest), the focus of the story is absolutely clear.
Steve has a new baby brother, one who takes up all of his parents' energy and time, and not just because he is a baby brother. The baby has some very serious health issues, and Steve really just wants him to be OK. But after Steve uncovers a health issue of his own that his parents don't seem to help with, he begins having dreams of "angels" who offer to fix his brother. The dreams are so lifelike and he wants his brother to be well, but should he trust the creatures that come to him in dreams?
This book is a true scary story, and one I could NOT put down because I just had to see what happened next. The author did a fantastic job of sticking to the topic and never letting it go. I highly recommend this book for any readers who enjoy a good scare--but I will always recommend to not read it too close to bedtime. (256 p.)
One of the reasons I became an elementary school librarian is so I can read children's books.