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Counting by 7s - Holly Goldberg Sloan
Counting by 7s
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In the tradition of Out of My Mind, Wonder, and Mockingbird, this is an intensely moving middle grade novel about being an outsider, coping with loss, and discovering the true meaning of family. Willow Chance is a twelve-year-old genius, obsessed with nature and diagnosing medical... show more
In the tradition of Out of My Mind, Wonder, and Mockingbird, this is an intensely moving middle grade novel about being an outsider, coping with loss, and discovering the true meaning of family. 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. “Holly Goldberg Sloan writes about belonging in a way I’ve never quite seen in any other book. This is a gorgeous, funny, and heartwarming novel that I’ll never forget.”—John Corey Whaley, author of Where Things Come Back "Willow Chance subtly drew me into her head and her life, so much so that I was holding my breath for her by the end. Holly Goldberg Sloan has created distinct characters who will stay with you long after you finish the book."—Sharon Creech, Newbery Award-winning author of Walk Two Moons "In achingly beautiful prose, Holly Goldberg Sloan has written a delightful tale of transformation that’s a celebration of life in all its wondrous, hilarious and confounding glory. Counting by 7s is a triumph."—Maria Semple, author of Where’d You Go, Bernadette    
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780803738553 (0803738552)
ASIN: 803738552
Publisher: Dial
Pages no: 384
Edition language: English
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theguywhoreads
theguywhoreads rated it
4.0 A Beautiful Tale of Counting by 7s
There is so much to talk about Counting by 7s that for a middle-grade book, there is philosophy that can't be ignored. This is a story of a gifted girl named Willow Chance that has a significant character of 7s and has a way about herself that nobody understood her. Adopted by foster parents - trage...
Blogging Between the Lines
Blogging Between the Lines rated it
5.0 Counting by 7s
WOW. Amazing. And how is this book not a movie yet?! I would cry all the way through.
Kaethe
Kaethe rated it
4.0 Counting by 7s - Holly Goldberg Sloan
Just as Natasha did, I enjoyed the book enormously. I was totally enthralled and more than wiling to suspend my disbelief in order to enjoy the string of coincidences, good and bad, that were almost magical. It is a charming, humane, warm sort of book with the happy ending that implies.But there was...
Her Fine Eyes
Her Fine Eyes rated it
0.0 Counting by 7s
***Note: this review assumes that you've read the book.*** One-sentence summary: a nice ensemble piece that shows you can build a family from disparate people, as long as there's love and acceptance; but the story is undermined somewhat by the fact that all the actors (even the flawed ones) are al...
SA Bodeen Reads
SA Bodeen Reads rated it
5.0 Counting by 7s
I haven't loved a middle grade novel this much since Holes. I didn't want it to end. Love love love. One of my favorites of 2013.
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