Welcome to the Counting by 7s blog tour! Willow Chance is a 12-year-old genius who finds it comforting to count by 7s. She’s never really connected with anyone other than her parents, but when they both die in a car crash, she’s left completely alone. We asked author Holly Goldberg Sloan to share her 7s – from the seven favorite books to seven things her fridge can’t do without, follow Holly on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays as she counts her own 7s.
Author Holly Goldberg Sloan
Holly Goldberg Sloan was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and spent her childhood living in California, the Netherlands, Istanbul, Washington, DC, and Oregon. She has written and directed a number of successful family feature films. The mother of two sons, Holly lives with her husband in Santa Monica, California. I’ll Be There was her debut novel (she earlier had written a middle reader book called Keeper).
7 books that make my heart sing
1. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee. The classic novel. There is nothing I can say that hasn’t been said. You read this book when you are young, you read it again when you are old. Harper Lee’s story fills you up.
2. AS I LAY DYING by William Faulkner. This book challenges the reader to look at life from many points of view. It is sublime. I find myself thinking about the book when I least expect it.
3. THE CORRECTIONS by Jonathan Franzen. He is the master of writing about the world we live in today. His characters grab you and don’t let go.
4. HENRY HUGGINS by Beverly Cleary. I read this book when I was a little girl. And I think it made me want to be a writer. I still want to be Beverly Cleary. I love that her last name is clear. Her writing is straight forward and speaks right to the reader. Or at least to me.
5. CHARLOTTE’S WEB by E.B. White. This book is perfect. That’s all I can say.
6. A CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES by John Kennedy Toole. Maybe the funniest novel of our time. This is the kind of comedy writing that stands the test of time.
7. SPEAK MEMORY by Vladimir Nabokov. The most interesting autobiography of the most interesting writer.
Follow along the Counting by 7s blog tour to read all seven of Holly’s posts.
9/2: Live To Read
9/9: Making the Grade
9/11: There’s A Book
9/13: Abby the Librarian
9/16: The Book Muncher
Counting by 7s
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.