Counting by 7’s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

“I clearly hear four words:  There’s been an accident.  And after that in whispers comes the news that the two people I love the most in the world are gone forever.”

Despite this sad beginning, this is truly a book about how seemingly unrelated people can come together to create a family!  The characters are a diverse as can be!  We have Willow, an adopted 12-year-old non-white genius.  Mai and Quang-ha Nguyen who have an African-American grandfather, a Vietnamese grandmother, and a Mexican father meet Willow at the office of a very disfunctional school counselor named Dell Duke.  Then we have Pattie, mother of Mai and Quang-ha who agrees to let Willow come to live in their tiny garage despite the fact that she never met her before!  And one more character:  the Mexicano Taxi driver, Jairo Hernandez!

Sounds crazy, but this is a book that is hard to put down!  It has humor and sadness and flawed people, but the author does a great job of weaving a delightful story!

This a book about people who don’t fit in.  It’s a book about how people can get lost in a system, especially if they aren’t wealthy or influential!  And it is a book about what can happen when there is caring and determination!  My middle school book club kids loved this book!

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