Can a book be both heavy and lift you up? Is it possible to deal with very hard, serious issues, yet be lyrical and beautiful? Nightingale's Nest by Nikki Loftin does just that.
Gayle is an unusual child who likes to sing while perched in a self-made nest, high in a sycamore tree. She is delicate and alone, but when Little John finds her, she lets her guard down and brings him into her world. When her birdsong voice attracts the attention of creepy Mr. King, the richest man in town, Little John is forced to make some difficult choices.
This strangely beautiful and heartfelt story has some unanswered questions that will leave readers wondering, and there are elements that force you to suspend reality to fully appreciate the journey. However, responsibility, trust and ultimately forgiveness are expertly woven through a unique narrative that will stay with you and pull at your heart.
by Nikki Loftin
published by Razorbill
recommended for ages 10 and up