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Pages: 336
Subject: Fiction
Imprint: Rock the Boat


Esther Ehrlich

A poignant middle-grade novel about grief, the need for adventure and the healing power of friendship

The Book

I run all the way to my tree, so that once I get there, my body's nice and warm. Most people would say it's too cold now to hang out in a salt marsh, even with the sun and even with a baby blanket wrapped around me, but I'm not most people.

Eleven-year-old Naomi ‘Chirp' Orenstein and her family live an idyllic life on Cape Cod on the east coast of America. Surrounded by sandy beaches, fresh air and wildlife, Chirp is free to roam as she pleases. But when Chirp's mum is diagnosed with a life-threatening disease, her happy little world begins to collapse around her.

Chirp finds solace in her beloved birdwatching, and her friendship with mysterious outsider Joey. Chirp and Joey take on the world together, dreaming up a host of daring adventures. They explore the woods and the salt marshes - they want to see everything they can. But Chirp cannot keep running forever.

Additional Information

Subject Fiction
Pages 336
Imprint Rock the Boat


About the Author

Esther Ehrlich visited Cape Cod every summer with her parents as a child, and it was this that inspired her to write Nest, her debut novel. She lives in San Francisco, USA.


A stunning debut, with lyrical prose and superbly developed characters, this novel is an emotional roller coaster that effectively conveys a family's visceral tragedy.' 

- School Library Journal, starred review

‘A poignant, insightful story of family crisis and the healing power of friendship.'

- Kirkus, starred review

'Ehrlich has a marked ability to construct a narrative that rings true...[and] deals with the issues of physical and mental illness in a supremely balanced way.'

- Books For Keeps

‘Beautifully captures the fragile bond shared by Chirp and Joey.'

- Publishers Weekly

 'a book that gives a real insight into pain and suffering, leaving the reader pondering after'.

- Parents in Touch