The Nest

The Nest

Book - 2015
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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.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, [2015]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781481432337
Characteristics: 244 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm


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Mar 25, 2018

This is a good book. There's tons of mystery and suspense.

CRRL_MegRaymond Mar 06, 2018

Steve’s baby brother is sick, very sick. He dreams that wasps have a way of fixing his brother and he agrees to the offer presented by the hive queen.

Nov 03, 2017

This book is one of the best i have ever read, andci think Steven is very brave to get stung to protect Theo. One word. Lovely.πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜

GCPL_Teen Jun 29, 2017

The mystery begins early on in this novel, yet the pace is relatively slow. If you like mysteries or science fiction, this may be a good choice for you.

Jun 10, 2017

Creepy as all get out.

I'm not entirely convinced that this is fantasy; it's set up such that Steven could be imagining/hallucinating the "angels". Either way, the story deals nicely with the mixed emotions of a boy whose baby brother was born with birth defects.

Read in one sitting.

JCLAngelicaR Jun 09, 2017

I don’t read horror stories. Typically or intentionally. β€œThe Nest” is currently one of the William Allen White nominees, which in itself holds the promise of a quality read. Little did I expect when I pulled the book from a shelf, that my reading experience would be this unforgettable. No, β€œhaunting” is the word. From its consciously dingy book jacket and illustrations to its unassuming narrative, the story gradually takes you on a roller-coaster ride ending with an imminent climax. And in the center of it all is a boy, big brother, who has to make a choice: either join the dark forces, supposedly having good intentions, or fight the beasts to save someone precious who can’t fight for himself. Are you hooked yet? In addition to horror fans, the book will be quite a choice for dystopia lovers and adults who are curious about glimpsing into the world of a kid and discover that they can… relate to it. The age-old question, β€œDo we have to be perfect to be loved and cherished?” is right in front of you. How do you answer it?

Jan 13, 2017

I think this is almost an adult book in kid's clothing. It is really a mature matter and parts especially near the end are very unsettling for a younger reader. I would be so interested in hearing how young readers liked it and how old they are. It is a profound story and you will never look at a wasp nest the same way. But I find it more an adult theme.

samdog123 Nov 30, 2016

Honestly, this creepy read had me on the edge of my seat! Canadian author, Kenneth Oppel, writes a gripping, suspenseful book that made it onto the 2017 Silver Birch nominated list. Although its scary, it is totally appropriate for sophisticated readers from ages 9 and up. I've never read another book quite like it and its a quick, easy read. When Steve's family brings home their new baby, Theodore, it appears that he has an inherited genetic issue that will cause many future health problems. Steve, always a child who has bad dreams and anxiety, begins to have dreams about a wasp queen who tells him she and he worker wasps are creating a new baby brother for him....the suspense will keep you turning the pages--no matter how old you are!

ArapahoeSteffen Nov 23, 2016

Steve's new baby brother is born sick, he has to get a lot of operations, and if it lives, which it probably won't, he may never be a normal person.
"Is the baby going to die [Steve asks his Dad].
[Dad] was doing a pretty lousy job arranging the plates in the dishwasher. Usually he was very particular."

Steve starts to have dreams about the Queen, who says she will fix everything.
"Before you know it, you'll forget all about that crappy little broken baby."

This book was WEIRD. Read it if you're scared of wasps.

LPL_WilliamO Oct 05, 2016

Creepy and a little terrifying - especially if you've a phobia of wasps! Steve suffers from nightmares and then realizes they're more than just dreams - a swarm of wasps are intending to replace his sickly baby brother with the "perfect" child they're building in their nest. Definitely a page turner. Definitely memorable.

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Dec 24, 2016

Frightening or Intense Scenes: While 8+ is mostly appropriate, some more sensitive children may be too unsettled by the last part of the book.


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