Ketchup Clouds, by Annabel Pitcher. Although we agreed that the protagonist, Zoe (prounced Zoey, to Zoey's disgust, despite the lack of umlauts or a y), read as a bit younger than her age, while her middle sister, Sophie, seemed more like a 13-year-old goth than a 9-year-old, and although some were irritated by her (in general and in her bad taste in men!), we all agreed that the epistolary narrative (translation: the story was told in the form of letters) and the characterizations were interesting, the mystery of who Zoe murdered was compelling, and the love interest (Aaron, not his brother!) was swoon-worthy. The final rating for the book was 7.5 out of 10.
For next month's club, which is on February 2, we will be reading Good Omens, by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, but the books haven't arrived yet, so be patient and we will email you when they are ready to be picked up.
For March, we used the same list as last time but added a few titles to it, and one of them triumphed over the others: The Song of Achilles, by Madeline Miller, nominated by Julia, which tells the story of Homer's Iliad from the point of view of Patroclus. This book made the School Library Journal Best Adult Books for Teens list.
Other books we considered:
Bellweather Rhapsody, by Kate Racculia
Locked In, by John Scalzi
The Bride's Farewell, by Meg Rosoff
The Dispossessed, by Ursula K. LeGuin
I'll Give You the Sun, by Jandy Nelson
Proxy, by Alex London
Where the Stars Still Shine, by Trish Doller
All You Never Wanted, by Adele Griffin
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, by Benjamin Alire Saenz
The Fifth Wave, by Rick Yancey
Inherit Midnight, by Kate Kay Myers
The Snowball Effect, by Holly Nicole Hoxter
Also, for those of you who have already read The Song of Achilles and were looking for something similar, check out Mary Renault's books, Fire From Heaven and The Persian Boy, about Alexander the Great (and his great loves).