March 24, 2018

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The Nest

Kenneth Oppel. illus. by Jon Klassen. S. & S.

Gr 5-7–An anxious tween with a new baby brother begins dreaming about otherworldly wasps. As the real and surreal begin to blur, the Queen makes a stunning offer: she can take away the sickly baby, who suffers from a congenital condition, and replace it with a perfect changeling. A suffocating sense of dread pervades this deeply layered psychological thriller, as the boy’s nightmares leach into his daily life.

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