Counting by 7s, by Holly Goldberg Sloan. New York: Dial Books for Young Readers, 2013.
Willow’s life is turned upside down when her adoptive parents are killed in an accident. Willow has never been good at making friends, or connecting with other people at all. Her family has been a self-contained unit. There are no relatives or family friends to take her in. But Willow has a way of touching lives and changing them for the better. Can she learn to open up and make the connections to build a new family for herself.
This book sounds like it should be dark and depressing. After all, it starts with a 12 year old girl being orphaned. But it is actually a hopeful story about small miracles and joy amid the sorrows. It is a story of healing and belonging and the big differences that small actions can make. It should appeal to fans of Wonder by R. J. Palacio.