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The Nest 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 e il terrore del peggio sta logorando in fretta tutta la famiglia E così uando strane creature luminose iniziano a visitare i suoi sogni spiegandogli di essere venute per aiutare il piccolo Steve fa uello che faremmo tutti accetta la loro proposta Ma le creature non sono affatto angeli e uando Steve lo scopre il confine tra gli incubi e la realtà non è così impenetrabile come gli adulti intorno a lui sostengono E lui è l'unico che può fare ualcosa


10 thoughts on “The Nest

  1. Jesse (JesseTheReader) Jesse (JesseTheReader) says:

    This 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 enjoy the pictures drawn by illustrator John Klassen Unfortunately though this book just fell short for me


  2. Maggie Stiefvater Maggie Stiefvater says:

    The theme of this book is that nothing is perfect but this book is a Liar McLiar because this book is perfectThis is a wise little tome of fairy fuckery in the guise of a wasp nest It's a magical story and a kind one and a giant in few words I wish I had had it to give to my wry and unsentimental 11 year old anxious OCD ridden self but I'm very glad that I had it to give my wry and unsentimental 11 year old anxious OCD ridden daughter My favorite novel back then was The Fairy Rebel by Lynn Reid Banks; THE NEST grew from similar DNA All the stars


  3. karen karen says:

    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 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 the easy path and how sometimes struggle is better than that uick fix it's got a solid character building message and enough action and horror to hold even a reluctant reader's attention it also has nicely understated illustrations by john klassen there's something that so perfectly evokes uiet exhausted 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 emotional depth or lyricism but there are similarities in its juxtaposition of dark supernatural elements 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


  4. Regan Regan says:

    a very interesting and weird tale


  5. Jane Jane says:

    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 expectingThis is definitely a very dark read It will appeal to budding Stephen King and Dean Koontz fans and it's certainly not going to be a good choice for everyone 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 underestimating 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 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


  6. Melki Melki says:

    People lie and say they don't want perfect But really they do Perfect bodies and minds and comfy chairs and cars and vacations and boyfriends and girlfriends and pets and children Above all childrenSteve's new baby brother is anything but perfect; the poor thing has a congenital disorder and may not survive Everyone in the household is suffering from the strain but no one than Steve He's been having vivid disturbing dreams of a figure standing at the end of his bed One night his dreams seem to take on new life as an angel or is it a wasp? appears to him and promises that she can fix what's wrong with the baby The dream turns nightmare though when Steve discovers just how the creature plans to make the baby betterThough I'd categorize this as mild horror it's not bloody or insanely violent it's extremely creepy and suspenseful Jon Klassen's dark brooding illustrations really add to the eerie atmosphere I'm going to be on the lookout for titles by this authorThis is yet another great title I found in the junior fictionmiddle grade reader section of the library If you never venture out of the adult fiction section you're missing out on a lot of fine books


  7. Betsy Betsy says:

    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 your everyday playthings turned evil tales like Doll Bones by Holly Black You have your close family members turned evil 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 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 make everything better 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 parents exhausted and helpless Problems with the baby that go deep below the surface and touch 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 beginning 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 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 much everything 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 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 too easy 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 earlier that the horror in this book comes from the idea that Steve’s attempts to make everything 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” everything and make the world perfect Never mind that perfect doesn’t really exist Never mind that the price she 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 horror elements 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 the disability A book like Emma Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree by Lauren Tarshis or 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 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 better even 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 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 argue euivalent there are 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 for example 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 every night the list of people 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 exactly” 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 even the most optimistic reader that it will never ever been the perfect baby 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’t enjoy a cunning turn of phrase when you encounter it Consider some of his lines The knife guy is described like “He looked like his bones were meant for an even 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 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 to echo it and then take it down a notch to a place where a child reader can be safe Take for example his work on Lemony Snicket’s The Dark A book where the very shadows speak it wasn’t that Klassen was denying the creepier elements 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 endpapers 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 ever 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 ever again There's not a chapter here a kid would want to miss If I have a bone to pick with the author it is this He’s Canadian Normally this is a good thing Canadians are awesome They give us a big old chunk of great literature every 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 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 the end It’s a lesson adults have yet to master ourselves Little wonder that The Nest ends up being what may be the most fascinating horror story written for kids you’ve yet to encounter Smart as a whip with an edge to the terror you’re bound to appreciate this is a truly great truly scary truly wonderful novel On shelves October 6th


  8. Kelli Kelli says:

    HOW is this appropriate for children? This is intense and terrifying Not elementary school fare in my opinion Frankly I’m surprised I didn’t have nightmares after finishing it Would not recommend for children under 14 sensitive children or those with anxiety anyone with a bee allergy or anyone with an Epipen I thought this was a bizarre story with depressing heavy themes and a blurb that provides no insight or warning as to where this is heading Here it is view spoilerA boy with anxiety and OCD is visited in his dreams by a ueen wasp who advises him that his dying infant brother will be replaced by a healthy baby that they are growing in a giant nest outside his window The boy allergic to wasps eventually attempts to keep this from happening with the help of a knife sharpening dead man who calls him on a toy phone and leaves knives at his doorstep as the wasps overtake his home The climax is so scary but throughout there is a very ominous feel of a child trying to manage and understand challenging concepts of illness impending death and grief without the help of parents And then there are the wasps Call me crazy but I don’t want my elementary age children reading thisand they don’t have allergies or Epipens hide spoiler


  9. Crystal Crystal says:

    What the hell?Okay 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


  10. Bonnie Bonnie says:

    If you have a fear of wasps this book will terrify you If you don't have a fear of wasps this book will still terrify you because you'll have developed a fear of wasps uite possibly the scariest middle grade book I've ever read


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