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Nightingale's Nest

Loftin, Nikki (Book - 2014 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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In this twist on "The Nightingale," Little John, despite his own poverty and grief, reaches out to Gayle, an unhappy foster child living next-door who sings beautifully and hides a great secret.
Authors: Loftin, Nikki
Title: Nightingale's nest
Publisher: New York, New York :, Razorbill, a division of Penguin Group (USA) LLC,, [2014]
Characteristics: 240 pages ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Nikki Loftin
Summary: In this twist on "The Nightingale," Little John, despite his own poverty and grief, reaches out to Gayle, an unhappy foster child living next-door who sings beautifully and hides a great secret.
ISBN: 9781595145468
159514546X
Branch Call Number: j LOFTIN 2014
Subject Headings: Singing Juvenile fiction Foster home care Juvenile fiction Dysfunctional families Juvenile fiction Birds Juvenile fiction Magic Juvenile fiction
Topical Term: Singing
Foster home care
Dysfunctional families
Birds
Magic
LCCN: 2013047556
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Inspired by a Hans Christian Andersen story, Nightingale's Nest is an unforgettable novel about a boy with the weight of the world on his shoulders and a girl with the gift of healing in her voice.


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In this adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale "The Nightingale", Little John accompanies his father on a routine maintenance job, only to discover a little foster girl with an uncanny ability.
- Betsy Bird

Feb 28, 2014
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a book about terrible decisions made, for the most part, by good people. This can, at times, make the story emotionally hard to follow, but I like to think Ms. Loftin had things well in hand when she came up with her tale. There’s a great comfort in knowing that even when you screw up royally, you can still find forgiveness. If kids take nothing else away from this book, I hope that they understand that much. Smart and beautiful by turns, The Nightingale’s Nest does one thing that few will contest. Once you’ve read it, you’ll have a hard time getting it out of your head.

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Feb 28, 2014
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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Feb 28, 2014
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

It doesn’t seem right that a twelve-year-old boy would carry around a guilt as deep and profound as Little John’s. But when you feel personally responsible for the death of your little sister, it’s hard to let go of those feelings. It doesn’t help matters any that John has to spend the summer helping his dad clear brush for the richest man in town, a guy so extravagant, the local residents just call him The Emperor. It’s on one of these jobs that John comes to meet and get to know The Emperor’s next door neighbor, Gayle. About the age of his own sister when she died, Gayle’s a foster kid who prefers sitting in trees in her own self-made nest to any other activity. But as the two become close friends, John notices odd things about the girl. When she sings it’s like nothing you’ve ever heard before, and she even appears to possibly have the ability to heal people with her voice. It doesn’t take long before The Emperor becomes aware of the treasure in his midst. He wants Gayle’s one of a kind voice, and he’ll do anything to have it. The question is, what does John think is more important: His family’s livelihood or the full-throated song of one little girl?

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Feb 28, 2014
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“What was right didn’t have a thing to do with what was.”

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