Regardless, this is a beautiful book full of sorrow and pain and reality and magic. Hard, hard book. Any book in which the main character spends his young life feeling that he was responsible for the death of his sister is bound to be.
Let me just be honest and say that while the reviewer in School Library Journal said that it took her thirty-nine pages to figure out that Nightingale's Nest is a middle-grade adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson's The Nightingale, I never figured it out! Actually, I have never read The Nightingale but I will now.