Counting by 7s

Counting by s Willow Chance is a twelve year old genius obsessed with nature and diagnosing medical conditions who finds it comforting to count by s It has never been easy for her to connect with anyone other th

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 lifeuntil now.Suddenly Willow s world is tragically changed when her parents both die in a cWillow 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 lifeuntil 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.

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Counting by 7s

  1. Holly Goldberg Sloan was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and spent her childhood living in California, the Netherlands, Istanbul, Washington, DC, and Oregon where she graduated from high school She wrote the screenplay for Angels in the Outfield and directed The Big Green, as well as a number of other successful family feature films The mother of two sons, Holly lives with her husband the writer illustrator Gary Rosen in Santa Monica, California I ll Be There was her debut novel Her next book, Counting By 7s, was s best novel of the year for middle grade Her book Just Call My Name is a follow up to I ll Be There and takes place several months after the ending of the first novel Appleblossom the Possum was written by Sloan and Illustrated by Rosen and comes out of Sloan s love for Charlotte s Web Her next novel will be published in January of 2017 from Dial Penguin Random House.

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  1. Original review posted on The Book Smugglers Warning this review contains spoilersIt is difficult to pinpoint the exact moment when I fell out of love with Counting by 7s but it happened slowly yet inexorably in the hours after I finished reading it.On the surface, this is an innocuous book, full of good intentions it is a book featuring different stories about diverse PoC characters including its protagonist It is also a beautiful story about different kinds of families, about deep connections [...]


  2. A second can feel like forever if what follows is heartbreak Loss It s a universal state of feeling While it s true that it doesn t spare anyone, people react differently to it Still, society has provided us with five stages denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.Willow knows this She is highly gifted If she could, she would spend entire days studying nature She can tell you you re ill just by spending ten minutes in your company So of course she s aware that one day losing her ado [...]


  3. My friend, Colby, has been raving about this book for months, but I was afraid it would make me cry It did, but not in the ways I expected This heartbreaking story is filled with laughter, hope, and light Willow is an unforgettable character and her story will resonate with anyone who has suffered loss or change The secondary characters are interesting and well drawn In a sea of great middle grade books this year, Counting by 7s is a standout.


  4. When you care about other people, it takes the spotlight off your own drama I didn t give the cover much thought aside from thinking it s cute but after reading the book, just looking at it forms a lump in my throat that if I didn t control would certainly leak out of my eyes sniffs Willow, an incredibly smart young girl represents the lone red fish in the cover swimming in a different direction as she loses her sense of balance, direction and meaning after the accident that took the life of bot [...]


  5. I work at an elementary school and over the years I ve met hundreds of children The vast majority of them lie in the great bell of the bell curve, but there have been a smattering of outliers over the years They ve been weird, because that s what it means to be hanging out on the edges of the curve, and for some of them I ve taken a deep breath, crossed my fingers and hoped for the best for them in middle school Because their weird makes them fabulous kids and will make them fabulous adults But [...]


  6. I totally adored this book and its characters.Counting by 7s is absolutely a heartwarming novel that tells a realistic and profound story of a girl who lost her adoptive parents in a car accident A coming of age novel that shows the growth and understanding of a little girl towards life and the people around her A sweet and sad story of a genius child who just wants to make friends and love them and be loved back.I bought this book for the fact that the main character, Willow Chance, is a genius [...]


  7. It said I was highly gifted Are people lowly gifted Or medium gifted Or just gifted It s possible that all labels are curses Unless they are cleaning products.Because its my opinion it s not really a great idea to see people as one thing 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 THIS WAS MY FAVORITE QUOTE and near the first half of this book so I wasn t tired YET of this child s chatter Willow loves plants, t [...]


  8. An excellent introduction to the Manic Pixie Dream Girl phenomenon for kids Watch the quirky, plucky, feisty, vocabulary obsessed orphan genius change the lives of everyone around her, just by existing Whoo.Obviously, not wowed It had a very magical world sort of feel to it, a bit of fairy tale in its oddness They kept saying she was a genius, but except for a few offscreen things passing tests for adults , you never felt that Also, before her parents deaths which, how odd to have the diagnosis [...]


  9. There is no such thing as a perfect book.But I believe pretty strongly that there IS such a thing as the right book at the right time for the right person.Counting by 7s was the right book at the right time for me And for that reason I will probably love it forever.But it certainly isn t a perfect book In fact, there were some issues that, at many times, would have been deal breakers for me.Like the author s apparent aversion to paragraphs What s wrong with writing in paragraphs Why the need to [...]


  10. Counting by 7s is the story of Willow Chance, a precocious 12 year old whose parents are killed in an automobile accident It details the aftermath of this tragedy, and Willow s attempts to build a new life and a new home with a cast of other people who don t quite fit in.The book is getting a fair amount of awards buzz, and a lot of reviewers have really positive things to say about it Having finished it, however, I find myself unpersuaded.The biggest problem I had is with Willow herself I didn [...]


  11. It s hard to garner five stars from me Four stars Yes But five That s nearly impossible If had seven stars, I would award it just that.This is the story of Willow, a genius who simply has never fit in until tragedy strikes and she is forced to find her niche in a world that simply doesn t seem to have space for someone like her Or does it Counting By 7s is about what truly makes a family, about acceptance and the human spirit to overcome and adapt It s about being open and confronting your fears [...]


  12. 3.5 starsI m a bit disappointed in this It started out with a flashback that didn t end for about 50 pages, and I loved everything then The main character is so smart and quirky and such a role model But then it snaps back to reality when she s trying to recover from a family tragedy and I found that the book got really boring Her bright and intelligent personality went away, and I couldn t make sense of a lot that happened with the plot I didn t understand a lot of the character interactions, w [...]


  13. This book has been on my To Read forever and I was so excited to finally get to it However, this book was definitely a disappointment There was nothing gripping about it that made me want to keep reading There was nothing interesting about her advanced understanding and obsession with learning because when her parents died that is not a spoiler it happens right away her obsession with learning and growing stopped The author focused so much on other stuff that it took away from learning about the [...]


  14. 4.5 stars Best of the Year So Far Review to ComeThis book is far from perfect, but the strongest book I ve read so far this year Willow is a 12 year old prodigy who s been adopted by parents with very little other family Right at the start, her parents die in a car accident RANT Let me get this out of the way first I loathe dead parent grandparent books It s just such an exhausted literary trope for me that it grates against my consciousness in all imaginable ways So let me get my beef out now, [...]



  15. I m not crying YOU RE crying Oh goodness This book was so ridiculously amazing The cover doesn t really do it justice in my opinion but it s such a beautiful story about how a girl changes five people s lives and I LOVED it It also had some pretty strong Matilda vibes she even loves the library so if you re looking for the next Matilda, read Counting by 7s


  16. A decent book about moving on from a life altering tragedy But the plot s a bit generic and the author s attempts to make Willow look smart are forced sometimes 4 5 stars.


  17. The entire time I read this, there was an arhythmic thumping in the back of my head It was I think an un cadent tattoo to remind me it seems like I ve read variations on this book s theme a dozen or times It doesn t help that the book I ve just started reading after this one The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt has nearly the same exact plot points as this one, just written for a significantly mature audience , An overfamiliar theme a child s grief after losing his or her parents is not the reason why [...]


  18. Wow Questo libro mi ha completamente travolta e affascinata L ho adorato, soprattutto per la protagonista.Willow Chance una ragazzina di colore, di 12 anni ed praticamente un genio Si interessa a tutto, soprattutto alla medicina e alle piante Ha problemi a relazionarsi con i suoi coetanei, ha un modo tutto suo di guardare il mondo ed stata adottata da una famiglia che ama e dalla quale amata Ma all improvviso i suoi genitori muoiono in un incidente E cos Willow si ritrova sola per la seconda vol [...]


  19. SNOW DAY WOO HOO I woke up and started reading this as I ate my breakfast I had coffee and coffee cake again Then I played with the kids some Then I told them, back off I was reading Then we built a snow fort Then I read Dinner Read Put the kids to bed Read My wife said, Philip there s no way we re having another snow day tomorrow You should really turn off the light I had 20 pages left 20 pages It feels SOOOOooooo good to be so into a book that the only thing you want to do is read And it s a g [...]


  20. If there s anything I ve figured out in the last months it s that you can find labels to organize living things, but you can t put people in any kind of group or order It just doesn t work that way I liked the idea behind this one Reading a book with a GENIUS as the main character sounded like it would be fun and interesting and unique But I think the book got SO caught up in being Politically Correct that it ended up having a very stifled artificial feel to it Add to that a believability stretc [...]


  21. STANDING OVATION I have this slightly odd habit I only do it when I encounter a truly fantastic book, and well it happened last night See I usually start reading a book while standing at the bar in my kitchen Everything lands there when we get homebrary books, school work, junk and not so junk mail Most of the time, when I get a new book, being the nerd I am, I can t help but read the first few pages From there I USUALLY put the book on the shelf, or in my bag, or somewhere else Once in a great [...]


  22. A wonderful book about a young girl who sees the world differently and likes the number 7 Her life is dramatically altered forever and this story follows her journey and the people who she meets and touches along the way.A story of being different, life, tragedy, love, friendship and family How one person can change the lives of those around her and how family isn t always the one we re born into A great read and a story that pulls at the heart strings.


  23. This book was very slow at the start and nothing was really happening, but as I continued to read deeper into the book I loved it Willow chance the main character was weird, quirky and funny 8 15 year olds will definitely enjoy reading this book Now a quote from counting by 7s if your lost you may have to swim against the tide


  24. M a fermecat povestea asta Nici n am sim it cum am ajuns s simt a a de profund st rile personajelor, emo iile lor i ngrijorarea lor.Se nt mpl c 7 e i num rul meu, a a am ajuns n universul lui Willow Scris simplu, extrem de simplu, ca i cum toat nc rc tura stilistic a fost dat la o parte i a fost l sat esen ialul, adev rul, importantul Willow m a nv at despre plante, Univers, oameni, iubire, leg turi, r d cini, familie Willow m a nv at c lumea nu se termin atunci c nd i se pare c se termin Lumea [...]


  25. Gah, the adorableness of this book Middle grades can be so good, because they give that focus on family so often wanting from YA, and I just love the family of colorful characters brought together here Counting by 7s is an enchanting middle grade novel with a lot of heart One of my favorite stories to see in fiction, aside from a slow burn hate to love relationship is that of a family forming out of people who aren t necessarily related Sure, a lot of people love their birth families, but just b [...]


  26. 3.5 5 stars THIS book was better than I thought it would be but I still found a few things wrong with it The story follows Willow, a twelve year old genius reeling from the tragic loss of her parents I really enjoyed the parts of the story which surrounded her grief and the reaction of someone so young to a loss so huge I think those parts were really well done I also really enjoyed the variety of characters and felt that they were realistic and did not feel fake A lot of the time I disliked Wil [...]


  27. I really, really loved this book Thanks to Bee for pushing it into my hands This was such a sweet story about support coming from the most unlikely places, and definitely one I want to add to my personal collection soon


  28. This is so good I almost cried There are so many things that stand out in this book that make you want to cry or laugh Or both.


  29. Un 3,5 en realidadContar de 7 en 7 nos trae la historia de Willow una ni a que tiene una forma muy especial de ver la vida, su obsesi n con ciertas cosas como lo mucho que le encanta leer sobre enfermedades y diagnostic rselas a la gente , me sacaron m s de una carcajada en m s de una ocasi n, y lo triste, pero a la vez bonito, de su historia me emocionaron en alguna otra La novela est narrada en primera persona, sobre todo por Willow aunque de vez en cuando se colar como narrador alguno de los [...]


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