Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan
Loved it!!!! This book starts off with a sad event, but it gets better as Willow, the 12 year old genius misfit main character, is amazing and the way she brings all the quirky characters together to help resolve the sad event is delightful. It was fun to watch their personalities evolve. I especially enjoyed Mai and her Vietnamese nail-salon dictator mother. The characters are fully fleshed out, believable, and the dialogue is often clever.
I really enjoyed Holly Goldberg Sloan's writing style, simple but elegant, never sappy or over-the-top. She is very direct but empathetic and the story hits the reader right where it should – the heart. I listened to this book on audio and the narrator is excellent. It has a somewhat predictable and unrealistic ending, but it is o.k because arriving there is so enjoyable.
Sloan is also author of Angels in the Outfield.
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