Counting by 7s

Book review by Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 10+

Striking tale of quirky girl connecting after parental loss.

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 44 reviews

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age 9+

Funny as well as sad

Counting by 7s is very touching. It is a beautiful story that may have readers laughing and crying at the same time. It has some violence, such as a scene where the main character faints and cuts her head on a table, but a unique cast of characters and positive messages make a worthwhile read.

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Educational value
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age 14+

Beautiful, touching and original story!

The narrator is a genius and so she is quite intriguing. She is also relatable to high school students because she has trouble fitting in. It is refreshing that this story is NOT depressing, in fact is quite the oppositve- uplifting and motivating a true story of resilience. This story is not predictable. I just read it and I absolutely LOVED it (and I am a 36 year old English teacher with a Master's degree in English). I appreciate that there is no shocking or disturbing content included in the book (Willow's parents both die suddenly in a car crash and she is shaken and upset but there is no graphic description of it, for example).

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

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Our Editors Recommend

For kids who love coming-of-age stories and strong female characters

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