The NEW “Bengals’ Bookworms” Club will meet on Tuesday, October 20th during recess in the secondary library. We will be reading Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan. This book is a 2016 Caudill Award (Illinois Reader’s Choice Award) nominee. Students should have the book read before our meeting date so that we can discuss the entire book.
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.
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