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Counting By 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Book Summary

Willow is a quirky genius, with a better-than-average 12-year-old knowledge of medical conditions. Counting by 7s is a way of calming herself - and after her adoptive parents are killed in a car crash, she could use some calming - and a new family.
Counting by 7s book cover
Counting by 7s

Book Review

Willow is a quirky character who may not appeal to everyone, and this book is all about characterization. However, the fact that Willow is different holds its own appeal for readers - even if they don't specifically connect to the ways she is different from most people. This book's focus on a character surviving without parents is a fairly common premise, but it maintains its distinctiveness. It's a favorite with many students.

Topics and Themes for this book:

  • Surviving Tragedy
  • Academically Gifted
  • Building Families
  • Small Actions Affect Others

Discussion Questions for this book:

The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.

**Questions coming soon**

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