The Nest by Kenneth Oppel
Steven is a big brother to a boy who was recently born with a congenital disorder. Steven already had been seeing a therapist. This new problem increases his concern for his parents. Steven uses dreams to cope. The dreams include a bee who promises to take care of everything. The dream turns into a nightmare. Steven realizes the reality and natural aspects of imperfections. The boy wants to take care of his brother, himself and his parents all at the same time. What a responsibility for a child.
Wouldn't you know it. This is another author who has been a teacher. This book has a tone of a psychological thriller. The author ties everything together. The best part is the big idea - small actions can have significant impact. The biggest surprise was who did the illustrations - Jon Klassen (last year's Caldecott Award winner). The title has only two words - The Nest.
Must Steve make his own "nest"?
Does Steve end up being "the nest" for his little brother?