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Counting by 7s

Sloan, Holly Goldberg

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 4 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.

Publisher: New York :, Dial Books for Young Readers,, c2013
ISBN: 0803738552
9780803738553
014242286X
9780142422861
Characteristics: 380 pages ;,22 cm
Alternate Title: Counting by sevens

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Willow Chance is a 12- year- old genius who has a hard time making friends. She befriends Mai Nguyen at a time when her whole world is turned upside-down.


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Mar 22, 2015
  • Nymeria23 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This book was a quicker read than others thanks to the font size and short chapters. I didn't know what to expect when I read this book, and I still don't really know what to really think of it. I liked the main character. She was quirky, had some strange habits, and was really not a very loving person with her facts and such. However, the way she was described made her feel relate-able even if she was a genius. I grew strangely attached to the characters in this book, and thought the ending was great. I'm not exactly sure what it was about this sad book, but I feel like it connected with me. I'm glad I read it.

Jan 17, 2015
  • Red_Cobra_111 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I really loved this book! it was so good that I fell in love with it at the first chapter.
This book makes you want t know more. you want to keep going, reading. I feel like I know the characters like they were my friends. This book will sty with you until long after the book is over.

Jan 02, 2015
  • 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.

Aug 10, 2014
  • BloomFree rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Delicious. I loved the characters and the development of all of them - with a feel good ending at the end. I feel this book gives a great insight into unique characters. For those in search of healing or wanting to help those on their way to that this would also be a good read.

Jun 26, 2014

I really want to read this.

Jun 12, 2014

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 12, 2014

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!

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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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Feb 10, 2015
  • xuehuahu rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

xuehuahu thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

Jan 17, 2015
  • Red_Cobra_111 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Red_Cobra_111 thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

Jul 24, 2014

orange_jellyfish_55 thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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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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