Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan
A beautifully written book about a character who will be impossible to forget.
Poignant, offbeat, but always heartfelt, this story gives us a reason to celebrate:
1. The quirkiness of being different.
2. The chance meeting that could change your life.
3. Friends who accept you for you.
4. Second chances.
5. The ability in all of us to make a difference.
6. Safety in numbers.
7. Life itself.
Recommended age: 11+
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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. — Extract from Goodreads.com