Initially overlooked in favour of 'The Graveyard Book', 'The Nest' by Kenneth Oppel was the second book to be read by all of us*.
It seems that this one just pipped Gaiman's book and is currently the group's favourite. Have a read of the blurb to give you a flavour of what it's all about:
""The first time I saw them, I thought they were angels." The baby is sick. Mom and Dad are sad. And all Steve has to do is say, "Yes" to fix everything. But yes is a powerful word. It is also a dangerous one. And once it is uttered, can it be taken back? Treading the thin line between dreams and reality, Steve is stuck in a nightmare he can't wake up from and that nobody else understands. And all the while, the wasps' nest is growing, and the 'angel' keeps visiting Steve in the night. A haunting coming of age story that will hold you captive, The Nest is lyrical, surreal and one of the most moving stories you'll read this year."
Here's what Dan in year 7 says about it:
"This is my favourite book that we've read in BOOKClub so far... For once in a book, I actually got a little bit scared! I loved the way the author linked 'dreamland' with the real world and had special links. Definitely a 5 star review!"
For more information about Kenneth Oppel, see his website here or his blog here.
*Miss Corbishley was shamefully slow in finishing hers. Poppy and Dan finished first. Hats off to them!