The Nest by Kenneth Oppel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Perhaps a little too creepy for kids already scared of wasps and the like? I enjoyed the mystery about who, exactly, was talking to Steve in his dreams, the realistic way in which Steve was worried/scared about his brother and what could be done to "fix" things. When the story veers into horror, readers will go right along with it because by then, we're invested in figuring out what Steve will do and if it will work. Even better, this is longer than a short story but not so long that readers will start to get annoyed by the size - strong readers can finish it in a day or less.