Counting by 7s

Counting by 7s

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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.
Publisher: New York :, Dial Books for Young Readers
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9781848124073
Characteristics: text file,rda
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor
Alternative Title: Counting by sevens

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JCLBeckyC Aug 08, 2017

Many of the plot twists are remarkably unbelievable in this story of a gifted girl searching for family connection in a world full of impermanence, but just go with it and you'll be rewarded with a rich, wonderful reading experience. Readalike: The Center of Everything by Laura Moriarty.

***spoiler alert***
I found this interview question and answer at the back of the book helpful for understanding some of the unbelievable plot twists:

Q: "How do you answer that Pattie buying the building in the end doesn't seem possible? How would she get that kind of money, and if she did have it, why would she have lived with her children in a garage across the alley from the nail salon?"

A: "What's interesting is that this is one of the things in the book that is based on some reality. My husband served on a jury and the issue was ownership of a building in downtown Los Angeles. A man who was not documented in this country in terms of his immigration status, and who spoke very little English, had worked for nineteen years at a car wash. He saved $180,000 and then was able to purchase a building. He lived in very diminished circumstances with his family, but by saving and scrimping he was able to pull them out of poverty. The court case involved an unscrupulous Realtor who got the man to sign a document in English giving her the title of the building.

"My husband was amazed at how hard the man had worked, and how much he had been able to save. (The jury, by the way, ruled in favor of the man.) I took the idea of that situation when I first started thinking about Pattie. She has put everything she has into her nail salon business. She believes that the garage across the alley is enough of a home for her children. She sees it as a big studio apartment. (It's not: it's a garage, but she views it all through the prism of growing up in true poverty in Vietnam.)

"And so she saves her money for the big purchase, which for her would no doubt have been to buy the commercial building where the nail salon is located.

"But then the Gardens of Glenwood become available and she has seen how having more space equals more freedom. More room for 'roots' for her family to grow. She is a planner and the hardest worker in the world because she's had to be. She doesn't want a thing to go to waste, and she believes success in business means watching over what has become her life's work. Especially when the father of her children disappointed her by leaving. She is a single mother. An immigrant. Her choices might seem punishing, but they are to protect her family. Or so she thinks."

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BudgiesNbooks
Aug 02, 2017

This book actually made me cry when I read it last year. Really good.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 02, 2017

Counting by 7’s is one of my favourite books that I read during Grade 6. The entire story is perfectly written and portrayed about a girl who is extremely smart, her visits to her guidance counsellor, her parents love towards her, and finding a new home within friendships. I particularly loved how her “gifted” personality was shown, almost as though she never realized how much potential she had and she never felt the need to show it off. Seeing the diversity from the taxi driver to the Vietnamese nail parlour owners to Dell Duke, it seems as though Willow is living a turmoil of emotions and events that are all amazing to read. Rating 5/5
- @jewelreader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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Reading_Unicorn
Jun 11, 2017

This book is amazing, and makes you truly love your family and friends. If you are going to read this book (this is not even an option, READ IT) make sure you have some tissues near by, for the author did a good job of describing the emotions the characters are feeling. This book looks through the eyes of a genius, with a very sad fate, but in the end makes the best of the situation. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did!

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orange_eagle_377
May 07, 2017

it was an okay book but i couldn't get into it. its supposed to be really good but i don't understand why after reading it.

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jezicuhh
Apr 24, 2017

Shockingly captivating. What seemed like another young adult quick read turns out to be a story that is appropriate and moving for all ages. I love that all the characters had their perception (You truly feel the emotions of each character) written about throughout the book, but the main character Willow, truly stole the show. I devilishly wish (I say this because they would probably fail to do the book justice) they would make a film adaptation of this story, but casting some one as Willow would be the most difficult task. She is such a complex, yet simple and for a lot of the story quiet, character. She is wise beyond her 12 years and everyone who meets her can see that. This books shows readers that family is what you make it and the most unlikely of circumstances and people can come together in rough times.

AL_KELSEY Feb 16, 2017

I loved Willow's character, and really all of the characters of this story. You hate Dell Duke, but you also learn to love him--the growth of his character is by far my favorite, and I feel by the end of the book, we know he's not done growing, but he's going to keep working on himself. I loved the theme of family in this book--it's not who gave birth to you, it's the people around you that take care of you and love you no matter what.

jnelson0 Feb 09, 2017

When tragedy strikes Willow's family, she isn't left with much, since she's not really the kind of person that makes friends easily. But Willow is resourceful and a quirky bunch of friends all come together because of her. Powerful story!

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withthebutterflies
Feb 07, 2017

Willow Chance counts by 7s. Adopted as a baby, Willow is a highly gifted child who relates more to her parents than to other kids. So Willow sticks to doing advanced math equations, diagnosing medical conditions, tending to her garden, and counting all things in 7s.

That was the old Willow, anyways.

The new Willow no longer counts by 7s or sees the world in colour.

Readers will be swept along Willow’s story as she creates a make-shift family out of a taxi-driver with a potentially cancerous mole on the back of his neck, a Vietnamese family who live in the back of their nail salon, and a struggling school councilor who lacks life purpose.

Full of creative language and told from the view of a brilliant 12 year old who goes through the worse kind of loss, Counting by 7s is full of heartbreak, family, and the hope the future holds.

KC Rating: 5/5

Starting this book seemed awkward, as we start in the future and then lead into flashbacks, but after the flashbacks everything makes sense. The secondary characters are amazingly flushed out and vibrant, and the third-person perspectives that are sprinkled throughout the story are just toppings to an enjoyable, relatable, and beautiful coming-of-age journey.

VaughanPLChristineO Jan 04, 2017

I am so grateful this book was recommended to me by a young reader. It was impossible not to fall in love with the characters (save Dell). The writing style makes the story feel like a fairy-tale but the subject matter is far from unicorns and princesses.
Willow already faces social and educational challenges due to her genius. These challenges have made her tough enough to deal with the tragedy that befalls her.

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teallover
Jul 10, 2016

I am silent.

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Bananza101
Aug 05, 2015

Science is AWESOME!!!!
-main character

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black_shark_153
May 31, 2015

I think waiting a long time for something makes it more gratifying.
The correlation between expectation and delivery of desire could no doubt be quantified into some kind of mathematical formula.

JCLChrisK Mar 18, 2014

Patti says that nothing is for certain.

That is the truest statement I've ever heard.

JCLChrisK Mar 18, 2014

I will see only what I want to see.

It's possible that's how people get through crisis.

The world where we live is so much in our head.

JCLChrisK Mar 18, 2014

I want to see this lady out the front gate and into her car and off the street and out of town and then removed from the county and then the whole state and finally relocated to the place they call Tornado Alley in Kansas.

JCLChrisK Mar 18, 2014

All reality . . . is a blender where hopes and dreams are mixed with fear and despair.

JCLChrisK Mar 18, 2014

No matter how hard they try, other people do not understand because I'm incapable of communication.

And that is why the deepest form of pain comes out as silence.

JCLChrisK Mar 18, 2014

She is like me.

Silent.

I admire that in a person. The ability to keep your mouth shut is usually a sign of intelligence.

Introspection requires you to think and analyze.

It's hard to do that when you are blabbing away.

JCLChrisK Mar 18, 2014

Every person has lots of ingredients to make them into what is always a one-of-a-kind creation.

We are all imperfect genetic stews.

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orange_cat_1579
Sep 02, 2015

Willow is adopted but after her parents death she started not to care about how she was when her parents were alive

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Bananza101
Aug 05, 2015

awesome book!

irish505050 Jun 05, 2015

A smart girl named Willow, who is adopted, is heartbroken after her parents die. She has no family near, so she finds new friends.

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frinkerbell
Jul 21, 2014

This book is amazing. Willow is an odd girl. She is incredibly smart, and is interested in different things than everyone else in her grade. Her mind is advanced and talented. Willow must deal with disaster, and make something out of it. She has to grow a new beginning.

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Bananza101
Aug 05, 2015

Other: parents die

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