Counting by 7s
Written by Holly Goldberg Sloan
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One of our Books of the Year 2014 - May 2014 Debut of the Month A touching story shot through with warmth and humour this tells of one girl’s journey to find herself. Willow’s view of the world is unusual. She is a genius with a special skill at numbers and exceptional knowledge of medical conditions but without much skill of any kind in dealing with people. When Willow’s life is turned upside down, she suddenly has to learn how to find the people who can help her. Willow’s journey of self-discovery and the cast of interesting characters who help to is totally absorbing as, largely through instinct, Willow finds the ways she needs to relate to others.
A Piece of Passion from Brenda Gardner, Publisher, Piccadilly Press We published Holly Goldberg Sloan's Just Call My Name for YA in 2012, and we all fell totally in love with her writing. She is evocative, tender, precise, humorous her writing is lyrical and beautiful. I heard early last year that Counting by 7s was a knockout book, and her US publisher was very excited about it. And they were right! Fourteen
year old Willow is a unique character, and all the characters she befriends and who become her 'family' are unforgettable. Tragedy has struck Willow's life, but the book is about hope and life. It is one of the most uplifting books you will have read. It certainly comes out at the top of my best books ever!
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Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan
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....Her journey to find a fascinatingly diverse and fully believable surrogate family is a joy and a revelation to read.
If you loved The Curious Incident of the Dog At Night-Time, you'll adore Counting By 7s.
“Willow’s story is one of renewal, and her journey of rebuilding the ties that unite people as a family will stay in readers’ hearts long after the last page.” School Library Journal
“Sloan has masterfully created a graceful, meaningful tale featuring a cast of charming, well-rounded character…" -Booklist
"...extraordinary and even inspirational" Publisher's Weekly review
“Bright and heartfelt […] an uplifting story.” Kirkus Reviews
"Readers can only hope for more characters like Willow Chase to come from this
author." Jennifer M. Brown - Shelf Awareness
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Piccadilly Press Ltd an imprint of Templar Publishing
1st May 2014
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