Holly Goldberg Sloan, Counting by 7s, (2013), 378p
I finally made my way back into the children’s library.
Man, I loved that place when I was younger. Surrounded by picture books, chapter books, easy readers. Seriously, it was heavenly. I vividly remember my mom taking us to the library and attempting to limit the giant pile of books I demanded we take home with us each week. It was a treat. A special time. This is probably why, many MANY years later, I decided to make the library my career path.
I was looking for something different to read. I had seen this book on our library homepage quite a while ago and added it to my “for later” list. Well, “for later” was finally now. I went into the children’s library, found this book on the shelf and plowed through it.
Willow Chance is a different girl. Adopted at an early age, her parents let her do her own thing. Unlike other preteen girls, Willow loves gardening, is obsessed with diseases, and has a serious fascination with counting by 7s. When tragedy strikes and Willow finds herself without a family, she finds a motley crew of characters who make her feel right at home.
I will say this isn’t a typical children’s book. It’s a little dark – the protagonist loses her parents. Seriously, it’s kind of horrible. Theme wise this is definitely a teen book; language wise it is a children’s book. It’s quirky and different – pretty predictable but still entertaining. It didn’t really live up to the hype I created for it, but I guess that’s what can happen when you leave things percolating on your “for later” list for far too long.
Happy reading –