Middle School / Books Rule!
Recommended books for grades 5-8

COUNTING BY 7s, by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Counting by 7s
The story: Willow Chance thinks her world has come to an end when her parents are killed in a car crash. But strange events in her life keep her from getting placed in foster care–and these same strange events also change the lives of everyone around her, from slobby Dell Duke (transformed into someone who cares!) to nail technician Pattie Nguyen and her kids, Mai and Quang-ha, and the taxi driver, Jairol, who might actually end up with a college education after all these years. Magic or chance? …and does it really matter?

Mrs. Friend’s opinion: There’s a lot more to this book than meets the eye! On the surface, it’s a simple story about a super-smart kid whose comfortable world comes to an end when her parents are killed in a car accident. Its charm comes from Sloan’s skillful weaving together of the many separate life threads. Recommended!


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