Counting By 7s By: Holly Goldberg Sloan
Willow loves the number 7, it helps her keep order in her life. She was adopted by her parents and loves them very much. She is a genius, and loves to garden, learn, and tells things like they are. When she is given a test in middle school, she scores perfect, the school accuses her of cheating. They cannot prove this, but order her to see Mr. Dell Duke for counseling. Dell is a little odd himself, and when he realizes that Willow is a genius he gets excited. When Willow meets a pair of Dell's other cases, she forms a bond with them. Willow gets some tragic news, her parents are killed in a car accident, Mai tells the police that Willow will stay with them. In the events that unfold, Willow and all the characters find that they can find a family when they are in the worst places.
This was a wonderful book. It is really hard to explain, but the journey that each character goes through in these pages was heartbreaking and heartwarming throughout. I loved how they all bound together to make a home for Willow, and with her in their lives they are able to do things that they never thought possible. Wow.
I bought this from the Scholastic Book Order.