Next month we will be reading another Alex book, The Language of Flowers, by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, which sounds like a Victorian romance, but is actually rather edgy contemporary fiction; and for February the club chose I Am the Messenger, by Marcus Zusak.
Other books we considered:
Room, by Emma Donoghue
Just One Day, by Gayle Forman
Where’d You Go, Bernadette, by Maria Semple
Candide, by Voltaire
Where Things Come Back, by Corey Whaley
We also had I’ll Be There, by Holly Goldberg Sloan, on the list after a great recommendation by Henry, but we can't get it from our distributor--only available to back order, no copies in stock, alas. We are considering asking the 8+9 Club to loan their copies to the 10-12 teens to read, since Ms. Sloan will be paying us an author visit in March!