Novel: If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Picture Book: Henry's Freedom Box by Ellen Levine, illus. by Kadir Nelson
(Note: both books are on the 2011-2012 ballot for the California Young Reader Medal)
Other than a few very small quibbles, we were all in agreement that our two January books were both wonderful. As usual, we had a terrific discussion, and the few points of contention were relatively minor.