Friday, June 13

Counting By 7s

Counting by 7s
Holly Goldberg Sloan

My rating: ★★★★

ISBN: 9780803738553
Publisher: Dial
Date of publication: August 29, 2013
Age: Grades 5 and up
Genre: Realistic Fiction

Themes: tragedy, family, adoption, connection

Willow Chance is a genius, albeit socially awkward. She would much rather spend time in her garden, count by multiples of seven, or diagnose medical conditions. Her parents are really the only ones who get her. But one day, Willow comes home from school to learn both her parents have been killed in a car crash, and Willow must face the world alone. Who will help her?

I love this book, mainly because it is not a tragedy. It is, instead, the journey of a broken girl to find a new--and very diverse--surrogate family. Willow is a character who comes off very strange in the beginning; but her heartbreak makes her seem so human, I felt I could instantly connect with her. I love the other characters, too. They're rather eccentric and awesome. Some elements of the story are told through their perspective and it adds fantastic depth. I thoroughly recommend this book.

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