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"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Toronto :, HarperCollins Publishers Ltd,, [2015]
Edition: First Canadian edition
Copyright Date: ยฉ2015
ISBN: 9781443438629
Branch Call Number: J OPP
Characteristics: 244 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
Additional Contributors: Klassen, Jon


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Sep 01, 2018

Amazing story and plot twist... You could say. The author has clearly shown dedication to this well written story. Another book should come out about if Steven chose to take in the new book, what would've happened... Definitely recommend.

Jul 09, 2018

Extremely creepy, unique story of a lonely boy with a new brother with congenital abnormalities. As his family stresses about the baby's problems, Steven "dreams" up a solution, but it doesn't work out as planned when he tries to back out of an agreement with a queen. A memorable story to promote the theme that no one is perfect and that's ok. I heard about this book from commenters on the GAR Facebook group. Although billed as a children's book, teens and adults will likely enjoy it also.

Mar 25, 2018

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

CRRL_MegRaymond Mar 06, 2018

Steveโ€™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.๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜

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 donโ€™t read horror stories. Typically or intentionally. โ€œThe Nestโ€ 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, โ€œhauntingโ€ 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 canโ€™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 canโ€ฆ relate to it. The age-old question, โ€œDo we have to be perfect to be loved and cherished?โ€ 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!

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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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