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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: 9780142422861
014242286X
9780803738553
0803738552
Statement of Responsibility: Holly Goldberg Sloan
Subject Headings: Genius Juvenile fiction Eccentrics and eccentricities Juvenile fiction High schools Juvenile fiction Schools Juvenile fiction Orphans Juvenile fiction Genius Fiction Eccentrics and eccentricities Fiction High schools Fiction Schools Fiction Orphans Fiction
Topical Term: Genius
Eccentrics and eccentricities
High schools
Schools
Orphans
Genius
Eccentrics and eccentricities
High schools
Schools
Orphans
LCCN: 2012004994
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NYPL Staff Pick
Willow Chance is a twelve-year-old genius who loves her gardens, diagnosing medical conditions, and counting by 7s. When a terrible accident leaves her an orphan, Willow is set adrift in a world of people and events that she has never completely understood.

NYPL Staff Pick
Willow Chance is a twelve-year-old genius who loves her gardens, diagnosing medical conditions, and counting by 7s. When a terrible accident leaves her an orphan, Willow is set adrift in a world of people and events that she has never completely understood.

Jun 06, 2014
  • mombrarian rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Wow! A beautiful story about overcoming personal tragedy. Poignant, touching and even funny at times this story, with its oddly endearing character of Willow Chance, will stay with you for a long time.

May 20, 2014
  • joywolf83 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Hardcover (edit)
review I alreay knew. I already knew that this was a good book, I just didnt't care for the 400 page length. Finally, I began. By page 9 I was hooked. I found as I read, I didn't rush thru it anxious to be done. Instead I wanted to read this book forever. This supremely clever girl Willow finds friendships even though she is as strange as they come. However it is a completely good strange it's never offputting or awkward. Yes, you know she loses her parents. What you don't know is that is not until halfways thru. Shes the adopted daughter of two white parents, but this isn't made into as big a deal as I thought the author would. Culture references are there especially with the Vietnamese family she befriends. You've settled into the book going along forgetting the blub at the beginning, just absorbed in the book. And I think thats what I loved, the story and characters are captivating. It's one of those unforgetable books that have the power to impact peoples lives. Fantastic at showing the inter sectioning paths you can take. Highly recommend. A must read. It lives up to the hype. Trust me, this will go to the top the list despite its seemingly intimidating size. This book has it all. Loss, love, friendship, family, culture, adoption, growth, death, grief, hope, and inspiration. Willow says: "When you care about other people it takes the spotlight off your own drama" ( and yes if you read "Out of My Mind" this is along the same lines, where it just quietly sneaks in and squeezes your heart)

Apr 30, 2014
  • Cynthia_N rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Such a good book! It starts out with a day that makes Willow an orphan...again. She has no extended family and convinces a fairly new friend and her family to take her in. The circumstances require the help of her school counselor who is floundering in his adult life. Helping Willow recover from the tragedy and helping her find a permanent home brings Willow's small personal community together. Great ending!

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."
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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.
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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.

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

Nov 26, 2013
  • LocketLibrarian rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Beautiful and painful, but amazingly beautiful

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Jul 21, 2014
  • frinkerbell rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is amazing. Willow is an odd girl. She is incredibly smart, and is interested in different things than everyone else in her grade. Her mind is advanced and talented. Willow must deal with disaster, and make something out of it. She has to grow a new beginning.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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