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Counting by 7s

by Sloan, Holly Goldberg, 1958-

Format: Book on CD 2013
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Mt. Lebanon Public Library Young Adult Audio Books YA CD SLOAN Holly Goldberg
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Young Adult Audio Books
Call Number  YA CD SLOAN Holly Goldberg
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 hasnt kept her from leading a quietly happy life...until now. Suddenly Willows world is tragically changed when her parents both die in a car crash, leaving her alone in a baffling world. The triumph of this book is that it is not a tragedy. This extraordinarily odd, but extraordinarily endearing, girl manages to push through her grief. Her journey to find a fascinatingly diverse and fully believable surrogate family is a joy and a revelation to read.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* In a voice that is frank, charming, and delightfully odd, Willow Chance narrates the strange and heartbreaking circumstances that lead her to find an offbeat, patchwork quilt of a family. As an adopted, self-identified person of color, precocious genius Willow unabashedly knows that she is different, but her parents love and support her idiosyncrasies, such as wearing her gardening outfit to school, her preoccupation with disease, her anthropological curiosity about her peers, and her obsession with the number seven. That self-assuredness shines through Willow's narrative and becomes crucial to her survival after the unexpected death of her parents, which makes Willow a prime candidate for life in a group home an environment that could be disastrous for an unusual child like her. Luckily, she finds new friends who are compelled to protect her: Mai and her family, who live in the garage behind the nail salon they own, and Willow's slouch of a guidance counselor, Dell. Sloan (I'll Be There, 2011) has masterfully created a graceful, meaningful tale featuring a cast of charming, well-rounded characters who learn sweet but never cloying lessons about resourcefulness, community, and true resilience in the face of loss.--Hunter, Sarah Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Twelve-year-old Willow is precocious, shy, and awkward. She finds comfort in counting by sevens and doesn't fit in with the other kids. But when her parents are killed in a tragic accident, Willow must move in with the family of her new friend, Mai Nguyen. Veteran narrator Miles deftly reads this audio edition. She creates a unique voice for Willow, breathing life into the character and drawing readers into the story. Miles's reading is well paced and crisp, and her characterizations are as apt as they are enjoyable. This is an audiobook that will demand repeated listens. Ages 10-up. A Dial hardcover. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Eccentrics and eccentricities -- Juvenile fiction.
Gardening -- Juvenile fiction.
Genius -- Fiction.
Eccentrics and eccentricities -- Fiction.
High schools -- Fiction.
Schools -- Fiction.
Orphans -- Fiction.
Children's audiobooks.
Publisher Holland, OH :Dreamscape Media, LLC,2013
Edition Unabridged.
Other Titles Counting by sevens
Contributors Miles, Robin.
Participants/Performers Read by Robin Miles.
Language English
Notes Title from container.
Compact discs.
Duration: 7:15:00.
Description 6 audio discs (435 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 9781624069024
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