12 yr old Willow Chance is brilliant,
quirkie and just a bit obsessed with 7ís when she
stresses. Just like her name, life has been Chance. Her
first chance was being adopted as a baby. However, all
Find out in Counting By 7ís.
Twelve-year-old Willow lives in Bakersfield, California. She is different, gifted, and adopted. These things donít mean much to Willow, until her parents are killed in a car accident and she has nowhere to go. Thatís when her school counselor and her feisty new friend save the day. With some creative rearranging, Willow has a place to stay and a new family. But does she fit in? Counting by 7s is about fitting in, being a misfit, and making things fit. (Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award, 2015)
Chance is 12 years old, bespectacled, adopted, "a person
of color" and a genius. Her favorite things are
the number 7, plants, and diagnosing skin
conditions. When her loving parents are killed,
Willow's carefully ordered world is thrown into
chaos. She finds herself with an unlikely crew of
allies, including an incompetent school counselor and a
Vietnamese family in their own perpetual state of
upheaval. Can a group like this ever find a place
to put down roots? (Isinglass
Teen Award Committee, 2015)
Willow Chance has always known that
she was different. Her genius intellect makes her way of
seeing things, people, and the world differently from
almost anyone else that she meets. Her interest in
diseases isnít exactly a conversation starter, and her
passion for gardening is different from the interests of
just about any other middle school kid around. But, her
adoptive parents have always provided a haven for her
interests and intellect and have showered her with
love. Now, those parents are gone, both killed in
an accident, and Willow is all alone, except for the
school counselor and the Nguyen family, who were with
her when she got the news. Most people would break under
the weight of such grief and abandonment, but Willow,
like her name, bends and grows as she searches for a new
home. And, as she searches for a new place to put down
roots, she changes the lives of the people she
encounters. Willow is not a victim, and you will cheer
for her to find her happy ending when you read Counting
by 7ís by Holly Goldberg Sloan. (Booktalk by Anne
Sidey, North Augusta Middle School, Michelle King,
Kennedy Middle School, South
Carolina Junior Book Award)
Willow has a good situation with
her adoptive parents where she can garden, express
herself, and chase her many passions. When she
starts junior high at her new school, she hopes to fit
in better, and perhaps find a friend. But, her
genius and iffy social skills make it difficult with
teachers and her fellow students alike.
|SUBJECTS: Genius -- Fiction.
Eccentrics and eccentricities -- Fiction.
High schools -- Fiction.
Schools -- Fiction.
Orphans -- Fiction.
Gardening -- Fiction.