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Counting by 7s

Counting by 7s
Holly Goldberg Sloan
Dial, 2013
Audience: Everyone
Source: Library

This one started off really good. The main character reminded me of Joon from Benny and Joon. (A great movie.) Then it got so sad, it was hard for me to read. I really liked all of the people in the book. They all came together in an amazing way and really helped the girl heal. The ending was heartwarming, too. Overall, I really liked it. I just wish I had been prepared for the sad tone. It was really well-written, too.

From Goodreads:
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.