Nightingale's Nest

Nightingale s Nest A powerful novel about friendship and family that calls to mind Bridge to Terabithia Twelve year old John Fischer Jr or Little John as he s always been known is spending his summer helping his father

  • Title: Nightingale's Nest
  • Author: Nikki Loftin
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  • Page: 307
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  • A powerful novel about friendship and family that calls to mind Bridge to Terabithia Twelve year old John Fischer Jr or Little John as he s always been known, is spending his summer helping his father with his tree removal business, clearing brush for Mr King, the wealthy owner of a chain of Texas dollar stores, when he hears a beautiful song that transfixes him He fA powerful novel about friendship and family that calls to mind Bridge to Terabithia Twelve year old John Fischer Jr or Little John as he s always been known, is spending his summer helping his father with his tree removal business, clearing brush for Mr King, the wealthy owner of a chain of Texas dollar stores, when he hears a beautiful song that transfixes him He follows the melody and finds, not a bird, but a young girl sitting in the branches of a tall syca tree There s something magical about this girl, Gayle, especially her soaring singing voice, and Little John s friendship with Gayle quickly becomes the one bright spot in his life, for his home is dominated by sorrow over his sister s death and his parents ever tightening financial difficulties But then Mr King draws Little John into an impossible choice forced to choose between his family s survival and a betrayal of Gayle that puts her future in jeopardy 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.

    Nightingale s Nest by Nikki Loftin Nightingale s Nest written by Nikki Loftin and published in by Penguin Group This dark, sensitive middle grade novel is purportedly inspired by Hans Christian Andersen s tale The Nightingale, but really very loosely The original story tells of an evil Emperor with a Nightingale s Nest by Nikki Loftin, Paperback Barnes 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 Magical realism meets coming of age in this sensitive and haunting novel. Nightingale s Nest Nikki Loftin Dec , 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 Magical realism meets coming of age in this sensitive and haunting novel. Nightingale s Nest Nikki Loftin 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. The Nightingale s Nest Poem by John Clare Poem Hunter The Nightingale s Nest by John Clare Up this green woodlandride lets softly roveAnd list the nightingale she dwells just here.Hush let the woodgate softly clap for fear Page British Romantic Literature The Nightingale s Nest The Nightingale s Nest displays aspects that are relevant to British Romantic Literature There is a great amount of nature described in the poem, which could be placed in the Science and Nature

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    1. Nikki Loftin is the author of The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy, which Publishers Weekly called mesmerizing, and Kirkus called irresistible, and Nightingale s Nest, which received a starred review from Kirkus She lives with her Scottish photographer husband just outside Austin, Texas, surrounded by dogs, goats, and small, loud boys Nikki is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin graduate writing program MA, 98 She has been a popcorn seller, waitress, bookstore employee, Music and Gifted Talented teacher, and a Director of Family Ministries.Nikki teaches Zumba dance aerobics in a mostly vain attempt to combat the ever threatening Writer s Butt When under extreme stress, or on submission with a novel, she bakes obsessively as a coping technique Her favorite food obsession is ice cream, preferably Blue Bell Moo llenium Crunch On very good days, she prefers writing even to ice cream.Nikki is represented by Suzie Townsend of New Leaf Literary Agency.

    2. Magical realism in children’s novels is a rarity. It’s not unheard of, but when children’s authors want fantasy, they write fantasy. When they want reality, they write reality. A potentially uncomfortable mix of the two is harder to pull off. Ambiguity is not unheard of in books for youth, but it’s darned hard to write. Why go through all that trouble? For that reason alone we don’t tend to see it in children’s books. Kids like concrete concepts. Good guys vs. bad guys. This is real [...]

    3. this is a beautiful story. about friendship and redemption. little john tries to make it right by gayle and his family. it is also a story about religion and God. i do enjoy this book. but not floor by it.

    4. Review first posted on Views from the Tesseract: shanshad1.wordpress/2014/0When I first heard about this book, I couldn’t wait to read it. A middle grade fantasy with gorgeous cover art and a story that references Hans Christian Andersen’s ”The Nightingale“? That’s a surefire way to pique my interest. Sometimes this backfires on me and my high hopes just don’t live up to the actual text. But after reading this, I’m happy to report it exceeded expectations.Twelve-year-old Little Joh [...]

    5. This book just did not appeal to me -- Little John's life is so painful, his father is such a hideous character, his mother is absent, there is horrible fear of what Mr. King did with Gayle other than record her voice, the foster family is wretched -- none of this is mitigated by Gayle's magical flight at the story's conclusion.

    6. This is going to be one of those times when I read a book that everyone else seems to love and I just don't get it. Riddled with sadness and ambiguity, I didn't truly enjoy the story at all. The closest I could come to liking this book was appreciating that author Nikki Loftin created something unusual and touching. There's a lot of good stuff here, but it didn't come together in a meaningful way for this reader. The writing was only so-so and the symbolism heavy-handed. Still, here we go:Little [...]

    7. Within a few pages of this book, I could feel the emotion of the story. There are some books that you just know will touch you and will make you feel. Loftin's Nightingale's Nest is certainly one of them. The writing in this book is spectacular and demands to be read not only silently but aloud to a whole group. This is a book that I found myself thinking about reading it to a class and discussing it with them. I do not feel this way about all books. Additionally there is a timeless quality to t [...]

    8. A unique example of magical realism for middle grades that manages to ground itself in authentic emotions and the too-rarely seen reality of poverty. Little John is an entirely sympathetic, conflicted character, forced to make tough decisions and worrying too much about grown-up problems. While the adults in his life seem to fail him, they all have hidden complexity and even the Emperor vaccilates between appearing evil and pitiable. And Gale steers away from being too angelic, full of all the p [...]

    9. This book was beautiful and disturbing. The first time Little John hears Gayle singing he describes, "The notes were high and liquid, a honey-soft river of sound that seeped right through me. I stopped when I heard the first notes and just stood there, dropping cedar cuttings at my feet. The song sailed over the fence, like it was meant for me alone." Little John is helping his dad with his business by cutting and removing Pecan trees at a rich man's house dubbed, "The Emperor," when Little John [...]

    10. Originally DNFed. Tried again and finished. I get why this is getting so much buzz. It is exactly the sort of book adults like for kids to read. I was swept away by the excellent prose and the nod to Anderson's tale, but have some pretty major issues with how the end wrapped up. The book is sad, sad, sad, and then in a rush of 20 pages there is a happily ever after that left me feeling flat. That much awful wrapped up that perfectly and fast left me feeling cheated. There was no real closure.

    11. Incredibly beautiful. Nightingale's Nest captures pain, guilt, and beauty in almost every character in this book. Loftin integrates fantasy with the authenticity and emotional rawness of "real life," and, like Gayle's voice, this story has a healing element in itself. Reader, by the time you reach the ending, you may find yourself wanting to let out a tiny sigh of satisfaction (and possibly many, many tears).

    12. Hauntingly beautiful. A story about the power of grief to overwhelm and surround us. What a story full of so many different kinds of moments- worrisome, sweet and lovely, angst filled. Upper middle grade.

    13. This book is a beautiful tune that speaks to your heart and nourishes your soul. If you are not familiar with the fairy tale origin's check out the Hans Anderson version here.This book’s literary quality weaves around you like the nest Gayle built. Little John’s narrative is heart wrenching as he struggles against the harsh realities of life and protecting (what he assumes is) Gayle’s crazy naivette and innocence. The gem lies at how John is at constant conflict with himself. He struggles [...]

    14. Based on a story from Hans Christian Andersen, this book takes “The Nightingale” and turns it into magical realism. Little John’s family is in turmoil. His little sister died jumping out of a tree, his mother can’t deal with the loss and often forgets that her daughter died, and his father is struggling to make enough money to keep them from being evicted. So Little John has to help his father take down trees to make money. It is at Mr. King’s home that Little John first meets Gayle, a [...]

    15. I stumbled on this book at the 2015 Texas Book Festival after hearing the author speak. It is a modern reimagining of Hans Christian Andersen's tale The Nightingale set in a small Texas town. It is a story about a boy who not only carries the weight of the world on his shoulders but an unbearable guilt for a family tragedy that he feels is his own. His family is poor so poor that had to pawn his Christmas gifts to cover the rent. His dad is a hard worker but makes poor choices concerning money. [...]

    16. "Nightingale's Nest" - written by Nikki Loftin and published in 2014 by Penguin Group. This dark, sensitive middle-grade novel is purportedly inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's tale "The Nightingale," but really very loosely. The original story tells of an evil Emperor with a mechanical bird whose beautiful song cures him. Loftin's book is narrated by a twelve year old boy, Little John, who is plagued with bad memories, guilt and dark thoughts. The gorgeous, trilling songs come from the throa [...]

    17. Oh wow. Carrie Gelson called Nightingale's Nest "hauntingly beautiful." I whole-heartedly agree! Since it is based on a fairy tale ("The Nightingale"), it is bound to be somewhat creepy, which it definitely is. It makes me think of books such as "Breadcrumbs" and "The Real Boy" by Anne Ursu. Lots of theme topics come into play: right and wrong, anger, death and recovery, fear and courage, mental illness, greed, friendship, redemption, forgiveness, etc. At one point, the main character, Little Jo [...]

    18. Nikki Loftin has a way with words that is hard to describe - all of her stories are achingly beautiful, reach right into you and touch your heart, and all have this sense of uneasiness that never quite settles as you read. I loved this story. It was so fascinatingly unique, and I was bewitched from the first page. On the surface, Nightingale's Nest is a simplistic story, but there was so much more at work. Behind the wonders of true friendship, the struggles a family goes through after the loss [...]

    19. ARC provided by NetGalley:I love magical children's stories such as this one. Twelve year old John is trying to keep his family together after a devastating loss. Mom is losing her grip on reality while Dad is losing himself in a bottle. As the family sinks deeper into both despair and debt, John is called upon to help his dad's landscaping business. It's on one of these jobs that he meets Gayle, a fragile and mysterious foster child. Their lives intersect as he tries to save her while continuin [...]

    20. I think I just get too grumpy about magical realism maybe. I really liked the realistic parts of this--really powerful look at a family being torn apart by grief and poverty--but (view spoiler)[like was she an angel or a bird or WHAT, just like, why?? Also what was Mr. King DOING to her? Were we supposed to be reading it as sexual abuse, because that was the vibe I got? But also, NOT that? (hide spoiler)]?? I'm kind of irrationally irritated that the marketing for this compares it to Bridge to T [...]

    21. I DID like this book. I feel compelled to say that upfront because for a long time through the book, I was plagued with that uneasy feeling one gets with certain allusions to certain situations involving vulnerable children. I wondered how the book was going to explain what really happened. It does, and it doesn't. Although this doesn't detract from the sheer quality of this book, it still left the pit of stomach feeling wobbly even if the ending righted the world again. I shouldn't be surprised [...]

    22. I love this book. Is one one the few books that I read, lead me to tears. Which not all books can do that. Is just too amazing. The every page you read will only bring you more tears. Which I felt is just an amazingly written book! Super duper touching.

    23. This is a gorgeous, lyrical, haunting story that will grab your heart and squeeze it to pieces. I loved it - and blurbed it! I can't wait to share this novel with my family (nieces) and friends.

    24. Touching, beautifully written work of magical realism inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's "The Nightingale."

    25. It took me a little while ti get drawn into it, but after about 75 pages, I realized I was reading a very good book. One of the best of 2014 so far. Maybe the best. I haven't decided yet.

    26. Not my usual cup of tea, but I was really intrigued by the cover then the summary so hear I am. This is a book for Young Folks, but I really enjoyed it. You have this young guy John. His family lost their little sister and daughter. The mom really has lost a grip. The father is mad all the time and the little guy is just lost. He's helping his father with his landscaping business when out of the ordinary he hears an unfamiliar sound. He wasn't sure what it was, but finds out that it's a young gi [...]

    27. Any book that isn't finished cannot, I'm afraid, get more than two stars.But look, I will give the book this, it was an interesting take on the Nightingale story, and there were parts in it that were almost not entirely miserable, sad and depressing! But ultimately poor Little John (or was that Jon? Memory don't fail me now ah it did), just never really gets a break and no one ever seems to have any sparkle, not even Gale. I honestly couldn't work up the urge to find out how the story ended - it [...]

    28. As much as I wanted to enjoy this book, I never ended up loving it. The beginning was captivating and made me ask questions, but as I read on I began to felt bored. The plot was underwhelming, and it wasn't much to fall in love with. It lacked clarity and the pacing was too slow for me to get invested in it. The book wasn't engaging enough, and didn't feel like much of a story to fall in love with.

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