Ehrlich, Esther Nest, 326 pgs. Random House Children's Books, 2014. $16.99. Language: PG (2 swears 0 Fs); Violence: G; Mature Content: PG13. (party with drug use - not explicit, some mature discussion)
11 year old bird lover Chirp is having the most difficult year ever. Josh, the boy across the street has two scary, terrible brothers, the 6th grade teacher is new, and worst of all, her beautiful mother has recently been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Chirp's home life is hard, her father is distracted, her mother has been sent to a hospital, and her sister has turned into an angry, moody teenager.
In this debut novel, Ehrlich examines a family crisis and the role of friendship. There’s a lot in this book, maybe too many issues in one novel - - sick parent, physical abuse, suicide, bullying, homelessness, hippies, runaways. A little too mature and dark for elementary school.
MS - OPTIONAL Lisa Librarian