Nightingale's Nest

Nightingale's Nest

by Nikki Loftin


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781595146236
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 01/29/2015
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 1,102,157
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile: 630L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Nikki Loftin lives and writes just outside Austin, Texas, surrounded by dogs, chickens, and small, loud boys. She is also the author of The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy, which Publishers Weekly called “mesmerizing” and Kirkus called “irresistible.” You can visit her online at

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“It was the writing, of course, that struck my attention first. Loftin gives the book beautiful sequences filled with equally beautiful sentences. . . . As for the characters, there wasn’t a person here that I couldn’t recognize as real. I was quite taken with the fact that Loftin continually sidesteps a lot of the usual middle grade tropes. . . . Smart and beautiful by turns, 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.” –Elizabeth Bird, School Library Journal Blog

"Unusual, finely crafted story of loss, betrayal, and healing." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Magical realism meets coming of age in this sensitive and haunting novel . . . . Read this aloud and have both boys and girls alike utterly enraptured." –BCCB, starred review

"It is Loftin’s skill in depicting both the human and the arboreal characters that will engage and inspire readers. The lyrical, descriptive prose and the hopeful ending will linger long after the final chapter." —School Library Journal

"An extraordinary read—I had to tear myself away from it."—Katherine Catmull, author of Summer and Bird

"Perfectly captures the challenges of growing up and dealing with loss. Get ready to have your heart touched."—Shannon Messenger, author of Keeper of the Lost Cities

"Tugs and tears at the reader’s heart. . . . lovely and magical."—Bethany Hegedus, author of Truth with a Capital T and Between Us Baxters

"Riveting. . . . This is a book you'll long remember."—Lynda Mullaly Hunt, author of One for the Murphys

"Loftin's eye for strange beauty in unexpected places often takes the reader's breath away."—Claire Legrand, author of The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls

"Will haunt your soul—and lift your heart."—Kimberley Griffiths Little, author of The Healing Spell and When the Butterflies Came

"A haunting, beautifully told story!"—Bobbie Pyron, author of The Dogs of Winter and A Dog's Way Home

"The kind of book I wanted to read slowly."—Shelley Moore Thomas, author of The Seven Tales of Trinket

"This is a work of tremendous heart."—Anne Ursu, author of Breadcrumbs


"A mesmerizing read."—Publisher's Weekly

"An irresistable contemporary fairy tale."—Kirkus Reviews

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Nightingale's Nest 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
TxBookLover More than 1 year ago
So many aches, wants, and needs can leave us broken, even as children--but Ms. Loftin's gorgeous prose has the potential to sing it all better, just like Gayle does for those around her. This is a lovely story of heartbreak, regret, and forgiveness.  The bonds of friendship and family (and even enemies) are explored with emotional honesty. The magical realism element is expertly wrought and infuses a sense of deep anticipatory hope that lingers long after the story ends. Whether a young reader has experienced heartache, or encounters it for the first time in the story, the underlying message throughout is one of hope and perseverance that lifts up, rather than depresses.  Beautiful story beautifully told.