Book Buzz: Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

“In a beautifully written story, Sloane weaves a tale of unexpected family and belonging that will change anyone's opinion of what it means to be a part of something.” Children's Literature



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.

"In achingly beautiful prose, Holly Goldberg Sloan has written a delightful tale of transformation that’s a celebration of life in all its wondrous, hilarious and confounding glory. Counting by 7s is a triumph."
— Maria Semple, author of Where’d You Go, Bernadette

Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

416 Pages

ISBN 9780142422861


Holly Goldberg Sloan was born in Michigan and spent her childhood living in Holland, Turkey, Washington DC, Berkeley, California, and Eugene, Oregon. She was the screenwriter on the Disney baseball film Angels In The Outfield, and she was the screenwriter and the Director on Disney's The Big Green. The mother of two sons, Holly, lives with her husband, television writer, and illustrator Gary Rosen, in Santa Monica, California. She has published six novels, including Counting By 7s, Short, I'll Be There, and Appleblossom the Possum. Her books have appeared on over 44 state reading lists, and have won awards around the world.

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