A book written by Kenneth Oppel and illustrated by Jon Klassen? Another middle grade horror book? Yes please. I’m not one for sitting and reading a book in one sitting, especially a creepy book – ABOUT WASPS! I’m a bit ADHD when it comes to sitting still for too long, but this book is spellbinding and I did sit and read it in one sitting.
12-year-old Steve has OCD, is a worrier, and prone to anxiety attacks. The anxiety increases after the birth of his baby brother who isn't thriving - problems with the baby that go deep and render the parents exhausted and helpless and often at the hospital. And then there’s the wasp nest just outside the baby’s window. So when an angel appears in Steve’s dreams and offers to help, things start looking up. Maybe. Or maybe not. I can’t say much more or I’ll have to put up a "spoiler alert". The Nest is creepy, strange, lovely, sad and definitely unforgettable. When you’re done with this one and you loved it read A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness.
Some reviewers say The Nest is recommended for 10-year-olds, but I say only if they’re not easily scared. If they were ok with Neil Gaiman’s Coraline, then this book will be fine. It’s not Goosebumps scary, it’s more deep down psychological scary. Highly recommended.