Academic journal article Language Arts

The Nest

Academic journal article Language Arts

The Nest

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The Nest Written by Kenneth Oppel Illustrated by Jon Klassen Simon & Schuster, 2015, 272 pp., ISBN 978-1-481-43232-0

"Yes" is a little, but powerful, word. All Steve has to do is say "yes" to the angelic wasp queen that appears in his dreams at night and promises to help "when people are scared or in trouble. We come when there's grief" (p. 20). At first, this proposal sounds wonderful, especially since his newborn brother has a congenital health issue and his worried parents spend all their time at the hospital. Perhaps it will even help alleviate his growing anxieties about the enormous wasp nest growing outside his brother's window or the mysterious phone calls from a "Mr. Nobody" that only he and his sister can hear. The wasps' plans, however, involve replacing his baby brother with a perfect new one that they are building in their nest. …

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