In her new book, “Counting by 7s," Holly Goldberg Sloan tells the story of Willow Chance, a twelve-year-old genius going into 6th grade who finds it calming to count by sevens.
In her new book, “Counting by 7s," Holly Goldberg Sloan tells the story of Willow Chance, a twelve-year-old genius going into 6th grade who finds it calming to count by sevens. When Willow takes a standardized test for the state of California and hands in the test booklet in exactly 17 minutes and 47 seconds (notice the sevens) she is thought to have cheated. She is sent to a counselor named Dell Duke who only eats micro waved meatloaf and is a classic example of a hoarder. He also places all of his students into four categories: Misfits, Oddballs, Lone Wolves and Weirdoes.
Willow is so different from anyone Dell ever met that he has to make up a new category just for her: Genius. In one of her counseling classes, Willow meets Mai, a Vietnamese-American in high school who is staying for her brother Quang-ha’s session with Dell. Quang-ha is one of Dell’s students. Mai and Willow almost immediately seem to like each other, even though Mai has many other good friends in high school and Willow has none.
This is when her life really takes a turn. It is with her strange counselor and her new friend that Willow is dropped off at her house only to discover the police waiting to tell her some terrible news. Holly Goldberg Sloan is a very powerful author who makes you not want to stop reading. I loved the way she described situations in a humorous way even though the book is about a tragedy. Read the book to see if Willow can overcome what seems impossible to ever forget. Counting by 7s is the right book for you if you enjoy reading about something terrible happening that changes the way the character and the reader thinks and how they could possibly heal their wounds.