Review: Counting by 7s

Counting by 7s reviewed by a kid book bloggerTitle: Counting by 7s

Author: Holly Goldberg Sloan

Publisher: Scholastic Australia

About the book: Willow Chance is 12 years old and a genius. She is obsessed with nature and diagnosing medical conditions. She also finds it comforting to count by sevens.

Adopted as a baby, Willow is independent and not concerned about her oddness at all. When her supportive adoptive parents die in a car crash, her life is turned upside down, meaning she can no longer avoid interacting with other people.

What I thought: This is a very touching and heart-warming book about overcoming challenges and accepting who you are as a person. I really loved the character of Willow Chance, and also Dell Duke, her bored counsellor. The book is written in the first person, so we get a close look at what Willow experiences and her thought processes as she tries to work things out.

I recommend this book for ages 10+ as younger children may not get to grips with the themes. If you like ‘Wonder’ by R.J. Palacio you will probably enjoy this read.

Buy Counting by 7s.


  1. Hamish Blair on September 14, 2016 at 8:13 am

    I really enjoyed this book when I read it as well.

    • Book Boy on September 14, 2016 at 8:26 am

      Thanks Hamish!

  2. […] Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan (kid review) […]

  3. 5 books 'for girls' that boys might like | on September 19, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    […] Counting by 7s (10+) […]