He wants to keep safe I didn t really know who I was asking Maybe it was God but I didn t really believe in God so this wasn t praying xactly He doesn t uestion the angels of his dreams or their desire to help at least initially And God makes no personal appearance in the novel directly or otherwise Really when all was said and done my overall impression was that the book reminded me of David Almond s Skellig with its angelnot angel sick baby and boy looking for answers where there are few to find The difference being of course the fact that in Skellig the baby gets better and here the baby is saved but it is clear as crystal to O Colégio de Todos os Segredos even the most optimistic reader that it will neverver been the perfect baby March Violets (Bernie Gunther, every parent wishes for It s funny that I can say so much without mentioning the language but there you go Oppel s been wowing folks with his prose for years but that doesn t mean you can tnjoy a cunning turn of phrase when you Zoete tranen encounter it Consider some of his lines The knife guy is described like He looked like his bones were meant for anven bigger body A description of a liuid trap for wasps is said to be akin to a soggy mass grave the few survivors clambering over the dead bodies trying in vain to climb out It was like a vision of hell from that old painting I d seen in the art gallery and never forgotten Or what may well be my favorite in the book and they were regurgitating matter from their mouths and sculpting it into baby flesh And then there are the little Water Music elements the drive the story We don t learn the baby s name until page 112 Or the very title itself When Vanessa Steve s babysitter is discussing nests she points out that humans make them as well Our houses are just big nests really A place where you can sleep and be safe and grow The choice of Jon Klassen as illustrator is fascinating to me When I think of horror illustrations for kids the usual suspects are your Stephen Gammells or Gris Grimleys or Dave McKeans Klassen s different When you hire him you re not asking him to ratchet up the fear factor but rather tocho it and then take it down a notch to a place where a child reader can be safe Take for Revived example his work on Lemony Snicket s The Dark A book where the very shadows speak it wasn t that Klassen was denying the creepierlements of the tale But he tamed them somehow And now that same taming sense is at work here His pictures are rife with shadows and faceless adults turned away or hidden from the viewer and the viewer is clearly Steveyou And his pictures do convey the tone of the book well A curved knife on a porch is still a curved knife on a porch Spend a little time flipping between the front and back ndpapers while you re at it Klassen so subtle with these The moon moves A single light is out in a house But there s a feeling of peace to the last picture and a feeling of foreboding in the first They re practically identical so I don t know how he managed that but there it is Honestly you couldn t have picked a better illustrator Suffice to say this book would probably be the greatest class readaloud for fourth fifth or sixth graders the world has ver seen When I was in fourth grade my teacher read us The Wicked Wicked Pigeon Ladies in the Garden by Mary Chase and I was never uite the same again Thus do I bless some poor beleaguered child with the magnificent nightmares that will come with this book Added Bonus for Teachers You ll never have to worry about school attendance ver again There s not a chapter here a kid would want to miss
IF I HAVE A BONE TO I have a bone to with the author it is this He s Canadian Normally this is *a good thing canadians are awesome they give *good thing Canadians are awesome They give a big old chunk of great literature very year But Oppel as a Canadian is terribly awkward because if he were not and lived in say Savannah or something then he could win some major American children s literary awards with this book And now he can t There are remarkably few awards the US can grant this tale of flying creepy crawlies Certainly he should if there is any justice in the universe be a shoo in for Canada s Governor General s Award in the youth category and I m pulling for him in the EB White Readaloud Award category as well but otherwise I m out to sea Would that he had a home in Pasadena Alas Children s books come with lessons pre installed for their young readers Since we re dealing with people who are coming up in the world and need some guidance the messages tend towards the innocuous Be yourself Don t judge a book by its cover Friendship is important Etc The message behind The Nest could be debated ad nauseam for uite some time but I think the thing to truly remember here is something Steve says near the Love for Imperfect Things end And there s no such thing as normal anyways The belief in normality and perfection may be the truest villain in The Nest when you come right down to it And Klassen has Steve try to figure out why it s good to try to be normal if there is no true normal in thend It s a lesson adults have yet to master ourselves Little wonder that The Nest A Heart of Stone ends up being what may be the most fascinating horror story written for kids you ve yet toncounter Smart as a whip with an Taking Instruction (Taboo, edge to the terror you re bound to appreciate this is a truly great truly scary truly wonderful novel On shelves October 6th What the hellOkay this was super weird and I loved it and would recommend it to most of my adult friends here if you also like weird and creepy stuffBut I borrowed this book from the children s library Why is something so strange and chilling being aimed at middle schoolers Anyways great book read it but don t let your kids read it. Ta Ma le creature non sono affatto angeli uando Steve lo scopre il confine tra gli incubi la realtà non è così impenetrabile come gli adulti intorno a lui sostengono E lui è l'unico che può fare ualcos.
CHARACTERS ☆ Book, PDF or Kindle PUB ↠ Kenneth OppelThis was such a strange book The writing wasn t my favorite which is surprising because I loved The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel The writing in The Boundless was rich and lively but the writing in The Nest was a little bit dry for my liking I did njoy the pictures drawn by illustrator John Klassen Unfortunately though this book just fell short for me this is a case of good book wrong reader i gave it a three because i liked it but i didn t crazy like it i ve liked oppel s YA novels in the past and i was Love Is a Fairy Tale excited that this was going to be available at BEA but when i saw it was middle grade instead of YA i was a bit wary i m just a little too old to appreciate books for the 8 12 age range picture books yes YA yes but middle grade is the overlooked middle child in my reading spectrum and it has to have a pretty solid hook to win my love koff Rooftoppers koffbut i do think that it s a good book for its intended audience it touches upon real issues like OCD and anxiety and what happens to the family dynamic when confronted with a newborn who is very sick and how to be a good big brother and bravery and ingenuity in terrifying situations and all that good stuff it s about the temptation of theasy path and how sometimes struggle is better than that uick fix it s got a solid character building message and Promise at Dawn enough action and horror to holdven a reluctant reader s attention it also has nicely understated illustrations by john klassen there s something that so perfectly vokes uiet xhausted despair in this simple image in a way it reads like a little brother piece to A Monster Calls it doesn t have the same Bangkok Wakes to Rain emotional depth or lyricism but there are similarities in its juxtaposition of dark supernaturallements against illness and grief plus drawingsi think kids particularly boys will get out of this than i did so i would definitely recommend it for the MG crowd but since this is my review about my own personal response all i can say is that it didn t transcend into grown up territory the way other MG books have for me also this is probably a bad ideacome to my blog This is a bizarre and creepy very very creepy middle grade book We follow Steve who struggles so much with anxiety that he has panic attacks and sees a therapist With a younger sister and a new baby brother Steve definitely feels the weight of big brother responsibility on his shoulders To make matters worse his baby brother is terribly ill the doctors aren t really sure what s wrong with him and because of this Steve s parents have to spend a lot of time at the hospital with the baby One night Steve has a very strange dream in which angel like creatures come to him to say they ve come to help the baby As the dreams continue Steve becomes convinced that these angels are going to save his baby brother but what the angels have in mind might not be uite
what Steve is xpectingThis is definitely a very dark read It will appeal to budding Stephen King and DeanSteve is "ExpectingThis Is Definitely A "is definitely a dark read It will appeal to budding Stephen King and Dean fans and it s certainly not going to be a good choice for veryone I ve seen some reviewers state that they do not think this is appropriate for the middle grade reading level due to content there are some *Pretty Graphic Scenes And Ideas I Think That S Really *graphic scenes and ideas I think that s really what most kids can handle In fact this book was included in the Ontario Library Association s 2017 Forest of Reading program in the book group for kids in grades 3 to 6 My niece who was 10 at the time read this as part of that program and actually Darkmere enjoyed the book a lot than I did so I m inclined to think that the librarians had the right idea Personally I was disappointed that this book mixes mental illness with magical realism something I ve noticed happening a fair bit lately I m thrilled to see and books that incorporate mental illness into their stories but when the very real symptoms get blended in with fantasy it creates a confusing narrative about what mental illness actually isOverall I give this book 3 very creepy stars Oh how I love middle grade horror It s a very specific breed of book you know Most people on the street might think of the Goosebumps books or similar ilk when they think of horror stories for the 10 year old set but that s just a small portion of what turns out to be a much greater grander set of stories Children s book horror takes on so many different forms You have your post apocalyptic claustrophobic horrors like Z for Zachariah by Robert C O Brien You have yourveryday playthings turned Et si la maladie n'tait pas un hasard ? evil tales like Doll Bones by Holly Black You have your close family members turnedvil stories ala Coraline by Neil Gaiman and Wait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn And then there are the horror stories that shoot for the moon The ones that aren t afraid no pun intended to push the Den of Shadows (Gamblers Den envelope a little To lure you into a false sense of security before they unleash some true psychological scares And the best ones are the ones that tie that horror into something larger than themselves In Kenneth Oppel s The Nest the author approaches us with a very simple idea What if your desire to makeverything better Scraps Of The Untainted Sky everyone happier released an unimaginable horror What do you do New babies are often cause for true celebration but once in a while there are problems Problems that render parentsxhausted and helpless Problems with the baby that go deep below the surface and touch The Eric Carle Gift Set every part of your life For Steve it feels like it s been a long time since his family was happy So when the angels appear in his dream offering to help with the baby he welcomes them True they don t say much specifically about what they can do Not at the beginn. E poi Steve che a dodici anni si trascina dall'infanzia paure ancestrali di angeli sente di averne un gran bisogno il piccolo il fratellino appena nato ha ualcosa che non va il terrore del peggio sta logorand. .
Ing but why look a gift horse in the mouth Anyway there are other problems in Steve s life as well He may have to go back into therapy and then there are these wasps building a nest on his house when he s severely allergic to them A fixed baby could be the answer to his prayers Only the creatures visiting him don t appear to be angels any And when it comes to fixing the baby well they may have other ideas Huguenot Prophecy and Clandestine Worship in the Eighteenth Century entirely First and foremost I don t think I can actually talk about this book without dusting off the old spoiler alert sign For me the very fact that Oppel s book is so beautifully succinct and restrained renders it impossible not to talk about its various and variegated twists and turns So I m going to give pretty muchverything away in this review It s a no holds barred approach when you get right down to it Starting with the angels of course They re wasps And it only gets better from there It comes to this I ve no Fashion Design Course evidence to support this theory of mine as to one of the inspirations for the book I ve read no interviews with Oppel about where he gets his ideas No articles on his thought processes But part of the reason I like the man so much probably has to do with the fact that at some point in his life he must have been walking down the street or the path or the trail and saw a wasp s nest And this man must have looked up at it in all its paper thin malice and found himself with the following inescapable thought I bet you could fit a baby in there And I say unto you it takes a mind like that to write a book like thisWasps are perhaps nature s most impressive bullies They seem to have been given such horrid advantages Not only do they have terrible tempers and nasty dispositions not only do they swarm but unlike the comparatively sweet honeybee they can sting you multiple times and never die It s little wonder that they re magnificent baddies in The Nest The only uestion I have is why no one has until now realized how fabulous a foe they can be Klassen s ueen is particularly perfect It would have been all tooasy for him to imbue her with a kind of White Witch austerity ueens come built in with sneers after all This ueen however derives her power by being the ultimate confident She s sympathetic She s patient She s a mother who hears your concerns and allays them Trouble is you can t trust her an inch and underneath that friendliness is a cold cruel agenda She is in short my favorite baddie of the year I didn t like wasps to begin with Now I abhor them with a deep inner dread usually reserved for childhood fears I mentioned Aeralis (The Frost Chronicles, earlier that the horror in this book comes from the idea that Steve s attempts to makeverything better and his parents happier instead cause him to consider committing an atrocity In a moment of stress Steve gives his approval to the unthinkable and when he tries to rescind it he s told that the matter is out of his hands Kids screw up all the time and if they re unlucky they screw up in such a way that their actions have conseuences too big for their small lives The guilt and horror they sometimes swallow can mark them for life The ueen of this story offers something we all can understand A chance to fix Alternatives Chapter 2 (The Chronos Files; The Shattered Saga everything and make the world perfect Never mind that perfect doesn t reallyxist Never mind that the price she Cincinnati and Other Plays exacts is too high If she came calling on you offering to fix that one truly terrible thing in your life wouldn t you say yes On the surface child readers will probably react most strongly to the obvious horrorlements to this story The toy telephone with the scratchy voice that sounds like a piece of metal being held against a grindstone The perfect baby ready to be born The attic shudder Oh the attic But it s the deeper themes that will make their mark on them And on anyone reading to them as well There are books where the child protagonist s physical or mental challenges are named and identified and there are books where it s left up to the reader to determine the degree to which the child is or is not on such a spectrum A book like Wonder by RJ Palacio or Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper *will name
disability A book like Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree by Lauren Tarshis *name the disability A book like Emma Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree by Lauren Tarshis Counting by Sevens by Holly Sloan won t There s no right or wrong way to write such books and in The Nest Klassen finds himself far in the latter rather than former camp Steve has had therapy in the past and Speak Out! exhibits what could be construed to be obsessive compulsive behavior What s remarkable is that Klassen then weaves Steve s actions into the book s greater narrative It becomes our hero s driving force this fight against impotence All kids strive to have control over their own lives after all Steve s OCD though it is never defined in that way is part of his helpless attempt to make things betterven if it s just through the recitation of lists and names At one point he repeats the word congenital and feels better As if knowing the names of things meant I had some power over them When I was a young adult not a teen I was uite I Like You the Best enad of AS Byatt s book Angels and Insects It still remains one of my favorites and though I seem to have transferred my love of Byatt s prose to the works of Laura Amy Schlitz her juvenile contemporary and I would argueuivalent there are The collectors encyclopedia of antique marbles elements of Byatt s book in what Klassen has done here His inclusion of religion isn t a real touchstone of the novel but it s just a bit too prevalent to ignore There is forxample the opening line The first time I saw them I thought they were angels Followed not too long after by a section where Steve reads off The Philosophy of Giambattista Vico every night the list of people. O in fretta tutta la famiglia E così uando strane creature luminose iniziano a visitare i suoi sogni spiegandogli dissere venute per aiutare il piccolo Steve fa uello che faremmo tutti accetta la loro propos.The Disability A Book Like