In my opinion, books are the best accessory.
”Pull up a chair, it’s a Saturday Book Share”.
I’ve shared this book before… but it deserves a revisit!
Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan – I just loved revisiting this brilliant book. I reread it specifically to write battle of the book questions for the Hong Kong Battle of the Books team. I just love how there are alternating chapters with different character’s perspectives and especially how Willow stands out above them all. I thought this time I’d capture lines from the book that I love:
“I decided any behavior, good or bad, could become routine. This was probably why people were able to empty porta potties or regulate the quality of canned cat food in factories with actual taste tests.” P. 63
“Never let someone tell you that you can’t do it.” P. 94
“And endings are always the beginnings of something else.” P. 107
“So that’s kind of comforting- knowing that the worst thing in life is already behind you.” P. 115
“Everyone, I now realize, lives in a world of pain. But I’m certain that mine is greater than hers.” P. 134
“And just being there is ninety-nine percent of what matters when your world falls apart.” P. 175
“They are part of something bigger than themselves. Even if they don’t realize it. I do.” P. 184
“What we expect rarely occurs; what we don’t expect is what happens.” P. 214
“I think that the effort put forward in matters of physical exertion is more important than the outcome.” P. 278
“I can’t risk heading in what feels like the wrong direction.” P. 282
“I didn’t understand until recently that emotions could be so contagious. I now know why comedians are important in culture.” P. 311
“I know from experience that some things will thrive and others will wither. Only time will expose the difference. Balance is critical in the natural world.” P. 341
“When you care about other people, it takes the spotlight off your own drama.” P. 355
“I’m not brave; it’s just that all other choices have been thrown out the window.” P. 360
Reading how Willow listened to audio lessons designed for state department employees to learn how to speak Vietnamese made me look up a link to see what was available, wow! Going to try out their Mandarin resources: http://www.fsi-language-courses.org/Content.php?page=Chinese
Goodreads Summary: “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.”
About Pull up a chair, it’s a Saturday Book Share: I’ve had many books I review that I just want to feature. Simple and easy, celebrate a new book encounter. So that’s what Saturday Book Share is about for me, celebrating books! Perhaps some days I’ll share the book with a short reading of a portion. Or perhaps other days I’ll just share a glimpse of the book.
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