Counting by 7s

By | June 29, 2017
Counting by 7s Author Holly Goldberg Sloan
ISBN-10 014242286X
ISBN-13 9780142422861
Year 2014-09-16
Pages 416
Language English
Publisher Puffin Books
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A New York Times BestsellerIn 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 hasnt kept her from leading a quietly happy life until now Suddenly Willows 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 Willow s story is one of renewal and her journey of rebuilding the ties that unite people as a family will stay in readers hearts long after the last page School Library Journalstarred review A graceful meaningful tale featuring a cast of charming well rounded characters who learn sweetbut never cloyinglessons about resourcefulness community and true resilience in the face of loss Bookliststarred review What sets this novel apart from the average orphan finds a home book is its lack of sentimentality its truly multicultural cast Willow describes herself as a person of color Mai and Quang ha are of mixed Vietnamese African American and Mexican ancestry and its tone Poignant The Horn Bookstarred review In achingly beautiful prose Holly Goldberg Sloan has written a delightful tale of transformation thats a celebration of life in all its wondrous hilarious and confounding glory Counting by 7sis a triumph Maria Semple author ofWhered You Go Bernadette

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