Book Reviews

Counting by 7’s by Holly Sloan



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.

My Review:

Out of the four Virginia Readers’ Choice books I’ve read so far, (there are ten total this year) Counting by 7’s is by far my favorite. I instantly related to Willow Chance’s quirky personality and obsession with trivia. As I read this book, I found myself pausing to google a topic Willow mentioned. However, the trivia didn’t take me out of the book, it added to my enjoyment of the book. I did shed more than a few tears while reading this but as the above synopsis mentioned, this was not a tragic tale but an extraordinary one.

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