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Author: Holly Goldberg Sloan Narrator: Robin Miles Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2013 ISBN: 9781101631225
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A New York Times Bestseller

In the tradition of Out of My Mind, Wonder, and Mockingbird, this is an intensely moving middle grade novel about being an outsider, coping with loss, and discovering the true meaning of family.

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 hasn’t kept her from leading a quietly happy life . . . until now.
 
Suddenly Willow’s 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.
  


* “Willow's story is one of renewal, and her journey of rebuilding the ties that unite people as a family will stay in readers' hearts long after the last page.”—School Library Journal starred review

* “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.”—Booklist starred review

* “What sets this novel apart from the average orphan-finds-a-home book is its lack of sentimentality, its truly multicultural cast (Willow describes herself as a “person of color”; Mai and Quang-ha are of mixed Vietnamese, African American, and Mexican ancestry), and its tone. . . . Poignant.”—The Horn Book starred review

"In achingly beautiful prose, Holly Goldberg Sloan has written a delightful tale of transformation that’s a celebration of life in all its wondrous, hilarious and confounding glory. Counting by 7s is a triumph."—Maria Semple, author of Where’d You Go, Bernadette



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Quotes & Awards

  • “Extraordinary and even inspirational.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[Narrator] Robin Miles creates a believable cast of characters with appropriate accents and tones…She brilliantly brings to life this moving tale of tragedy, resilience, and the power of a loving, supportive community.”

    School Library Journal, audio review (starred review)

  • “Sloan has masterfully created a graceful, meaningful tale featuring a cast of charming, well-rounded characters, who learn lessons…about resourcefulness, community, and true resilience in the face of loss.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “What sets this novel apart from the average orphan-finds-a-home book is its lack of sentimentality, its truly multicultural cast…and its tone…Poignant.”

    Horn Book (starred review)

  • Selected for the Autumn 2013 Kids' Indie Next List: Top 10

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Giuliana K | 9/23/2015

    " It's a really good book, it's slow but the meaning the main idea is very strong "

About the Author

Holly Goldberg Sloan graduated from Wellesley College, worked as an advertising copywriter, and then began to write and direct family-feature films, including Angels in the Outfield and Made in America. Counting by 7s, her first middle-grade novel, was a New York Times bestseller.

About the Narrator

Robin Miles, named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration, an Audie Award for directing, and many Earphones Awards. Her film and television acting credits include The Last Days of Disco, Primary Colors, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order, New York Undercover, National Geographic’s Tales from the Wild, All My Children, and One Life to Live. She regularly gives seminars to members of SAG and AFTRA actors’ unions, and in 2005 she started Narration Arts Workshop in New York City, offering audiobook recording classes and coaching. She holds a BA degree in theater studies from Yale University, an MFA in acting from the Yale School of Drama, and a certificate from the British American Drama Academy in England.