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Counting by 7s

by Holly Goldberg Sloan

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Twelve-year-old genius and outsider Willow Chance must figure out how to connect with other people and find a surrogate family for herself after her parents are killed in a car accident.
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This was a great little book. Pulled me right in from the beginning. I was a little worried around chapter 6 or 7 that I was starting to really dislike the main character, but it got much better around chapter 13 again. I'd consider reading this book aloud to my class, but it's a bit longer than the usual book. ( )
  GrowWithMe | Apr 23, 2024 |
This book is about a girl who is born "gifted" but faces many difficulties in her own life and must be resilient. This book is touching, emotional, and wonderfully crafted while it deals with labels in the classroom, struggles, and resilience.
  kaylee.dicey | Apr 23, 2024 |
- Middle School

- About a girl who is gifted and then loses both her parents in a car accident. She then navigates her life being an orphan and rediscovers herself. She also changes many people's lives along her way.

- I loved this book. It was deflierty bitter sweet, so I would have it in my classroom for people to read but would not read aloud.
  sabmcd | Apr 22, 2024 |
This chapter book goes into depth from a young girls perspective on her life as she is grieving the loss of her adopted parents and decides she doesn't want to be gifted anymore. There are themes of fighting the feeling of wanting to be invisible and vulnerable. In the end there are glimpses of hope that the girls life can return to how it was before, although she will never be the same girl as she was before this happened.

I absolutely loved this book. I can think of many uses for many intermediate and advanced readers. The ideas in this book can be extremely relatable for students at this age and also bring empathy towards people who are gifted. I would love to reread this book and use it in a future classroom.
  kthomas22 | Apr 17, 2024 |
One of the best books I have read in a very long time. Beautifully crafted. Highly recommended. We are living in a golden age of YA fiction! ( )
  fmclellan | Jan 23, 2024 |
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We sit together outside the Fosters Freeze at a sea-green, metal picnic table.
willow chance: A genius shoots at something no one else can see, and hits it.
dell duke: An ignoramus shoots at the wrong thing, and hits it.
mai & quang-ha: A leader gets everyone to shoot in the same direction.
jairo hernandez: A pilgrim is a traveler going to a spiritual place.
pattie nguyen: A leader organizes people whether they know it or not.
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Twelve-year-old genius and outsider Willow Chance must figure out how to connect with other people and find a surrogate family for herself after her parents are killed in a car accident.

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Willow Chance's life is turned upside down when her adoptive parents suddenly die... this is the second set of parents she has lost in her life time. When her world gets turned upside down she finds her inner strength and kidness in others.
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