Esther Ehrlich


Read about an irresistible girl and her family, tragic change, and the healing power of love and friendship. In 1972 home is a comforting nest on Cape Cod for eleven year old Naomi "Chirp" Orenstein, her older sister, Rachael; her caring father; and her dancer mother. Unknowingly, everything is about to change for Chirp when she finds out about the serious disease her mom has. With all of the confusion in her household, Chirp finds happiness in watching birds. She also finds a true friendship with Joey, a troubled boy who lives across the street. Together they create their own private world and come up with a perfect plan. Escape. Adventure. Discovery. Chirp and Joey will steal your heart. Long before you finish the book, the spirit of Chirp and her loving family will linger with you forever.


The theme of "Nest" is finding and experiencing love and friendship. In Chirp's journey through life she finds love within her family by bonding closer together as they experience a tragedy. Chirp also finds trust with Joey. They also bond as closer together as friends.
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Naomi "Chirp" Orensein

Chirp is a stubborn, hard-to-please, eleven-year-old girl. She makes friends with Joey, the boy across the street. Together they find a new friendship and travel to different places. Chirp also loves to watch and tell people about birds.