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Counting by 7s

Sloan, Holly Goldberg (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Counting by 7s


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Twelve-year-old genius and outsider Willow Chance must figure out how to connect with other people and find a surrogate family for herself after her parents are killed in a car accident.
Authors: Sloan, Holly Goldberg, 1958-
Title: Counting by 7s
Publisher: New York :, Dial Books for Young Readers,, c2013
Characteristics: 380 pages ;,22 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Summary: Twelve-year-old genius and outsider Willow Chance must figure out how to connect with other people and find a surrogate family for herself after her parents are killed in a car accident.
Alternate Title: Counting by sevens
ISBN: 0803738552
9780803738553
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Report This Mar 18, 2014
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"If the last few months have proven anything, it's that I don't need more theory, but rather more experience with reality. Even though the dose I've received is enough to last a lifetime." ----- I have to admit that I really enjoyed the experience of reading Counting by 7s. I loved Willow's voice, her insightful and uncannily wise--while at the same time naive and innocent--awareness of the world around her. She is eminently quotable. And she, her journey, and her life-changing impact on nearly everyone she encounters made feel good. So I have to acknowledge that experience with the four stars. ----- Except. Except neither Willow not the plot are at all realistic or believable, and as I finished the book I felt a growing sense of emotional manipulation that's made the book easy to walk away from. More importantly, I think her poignant observations are more likely to speak to adults than children and I don't expect young readers will appreciate her perspective nearly as much as the adult teachers and librarians who have enjoyed the book so much. I'm not sure this is something I would recommend to any but the rarest child. I wish I felt differently because I enjoyed it so much, but there it is.

Report This Mar 15, 2014
  • OutsideTheBox rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Imagine. You’re a twelve-year-old genius, and you have not a single friend at school. You make a perfect score on a standardized test, and the principal at your new middle school decides that you cheated. You have to go to see the district counselor (Dell Duke). Then your parents die in a horrible car crash, and there is no next-of-kin to care for you. This is the life of Willow Chance, gardening aficionado obsessed by the number seven and medical conditions. Now imagine that the school district counselor has more problems than you do, and you meet a high school girl (Mai Nguyen) and her brother (Quang Ha) at the counselor’s office and realize they may be your only hope. You learn to speak some Vietnamese and the three of you learn to work the system. Now imagine that you’re going to be placed in a county facility that provides emergency foster care called Jamison Children’s Center where the doors lock on both sides and there are surveillance cameras in every room. Isn’t losing both your parents in one day sadness and torture enough? (Read p. 139-140, “It is a big mistake for me to be here…) What happens to Willow, this clever, sweet, super smart girl with heart? You’ve got to read Counting by 7s. If you enjoyed _Out of My Mind_ and _Wonder_, you’ll want to read this book about a girl whose intellect sets her apart from the crowd.

"Plants, diseases, and the number seven - these are Willow Chance's main interests. While her adoptive parents understand Willow's eccentric brilliance, the kids at school are less accepting. Still, she manages to befriend Mai Nguyen and her brother Quang-ha when she meets them at the school counsellor's office, and their friendship goes from exciting to crucial when Willow's parents die in a car crash and the Nguyens take her in. With a diverse, memorable cast of characters, this bittersweet story of a remarkable girl discovering family in unexpected places is "frank, charming, and delightfully odd" (Booklist)." Kids' Books November 2013 newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=705794

Report This Nov 26, 2013
  • BookFairy119 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Beautiful and painful, but amazingly beautiful

Report This Nov 23, 2013
  • KateHillier rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

There's a large amount of child loses parent(s) stories but this one is a little bit different. Willow Chance is a brilliant child and I haven't met a narrator like her in children's fiction. It's not just a story of people banding together, and it's not just a story about creating a family, things aren't totally resolved by the end but there is a bit of hope. Certainly deserves all the praise it's been getting.

Report This Nov 02, 2013
  • m2 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This books starts out as a book about grief or about being an outsider. And it is neither, really. It is a quirky story about how family develops, how people transform each others' lives, and how beautiful that process is. So wonderful! Definitely a Newbery contender.

Report This Oct 02, 2013
  • kesha1123 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Amazingly good tale about overcoming tragedy in a humane manner. I love Willow and the change she imparts on the other characters. Feel good at its finest.

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Report This Mar 18, 2014
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Patti says that nothing is for certain. That is the truest statement I've ever heard.

Report This Mar 18, 2014
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I will see only what I want to see. It's possible that's how people get through crisis. The world where we live is so much in our head.

Report This Mar 18, 2014
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I want to see this lady out the front gate and into her car and off the street and out of town and then removed from the county and then the whole state and finally relocated to the place they call Tornado Alley in Kansas.

Report This Mar 18, 2014
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

All reality . . . is a blender where hopes and dreams are mixed with fear and despair.

Report This Mar 18, 2014
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

No matter how hard they try, other people do not understand because I'm incapable of communication. And that is why the deepest form of pain comes out as silence.

Report This Mar 18, 2014
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

She is like me. Silent. I admire that in a person. The ability to keep your mouth shut is usually a sign of intelligence. Introspection requires you to think and analyze. It's hard to do that when you are blabbing away.

Report This Mar 18, 2014
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Every person has lots of ingredients to make them into what is always a one-of-a-kind creation. We are all imperfect genetic stews.

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