Thursday, August 6, 2015

Counting By 7s

Sloan, Holly Goldberg.  Counting By 7s.  NY: Puffin Books, c2013.  378 pages.

From the publisher:  "Willow Chance is a twelve-year-old genius, obsessed with nature and diagnosing medical conditions, who finds it comforting to count by 7s. It has never been easy for her to connect with anyone other than her adoptive parents, but that hasn’t kept her from leading a quietly happy life... until now.

Suddenly Willow’s world is tragically changed when her parents both die in a car crash, leaving her alone in a baffling world. The triumph of this book is that it is not a tragedy. This extraordinarily odd, but extraordinarily endearing, girl manages to push through her grief. Her journey to find a fascinatingly diverse and fully believable surrogate family is a joy and a revelation to read."

I think this was my favorite book of the summer.  Sometimes when I'm feeling sorry for myself, I just need to read about someone dealing with a big tragedy to make my problems seem trivial.  Willow is a character you will never forget.  She is smarter than smart, a little quirky, and tougher than a 12-year-old should have to be.  If you liked Out of My Mind or Wonder you will like this even better.  

This book is on the Iowa Teen Award reading list for 2015-2016.  Recommended for junior high and above.  Review by Mrs. Belknap

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