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Counting by 7's - Nothing by Chance!

My Review of Counting By 7's by Holly Goldberg Sloan

This is a masterpiece book with everything you expect from a modern middle school classic, but with more literary magic and a depth of understanding that is rare.

It is the story of 12-year-old Willow Chance, orphan, plant lover: a child the school counselor is unable to classify. The day her parents die, she is taken in by complete strangers. Everyone whom Willow's life touches is transformed; she is a growth agent... and wise beyond her years!

“The ability to keep your mouth shut is usually a sign of intelligence”

“When you care about other people, it takes the spotlight off your own drama.”

“It's possible that all labels are curses. Unless they are on cleaning products.”

This book is a wonder of literary themes and is full of discussions about culture, identity, and search for meaning. You can change, and you can be a catalyst for change. One can make the difference.

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“And endings are always the beginnings of something else.”
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