60This book is actually in my library and was at the fall book fair. I heard several people talking about it, so I bought it from the book fair. I finally got around to reading it, and it's a good story. It's different. The main character is a little quirky and actually none of the characters are "normal"...whatever that is! ha! I always wonder how the kids would like or think about books like these. After I got into the story, I really loved it and I loved the ending. I gave it a 4 out of 5 on goodreads.
Summary from goodreads.com:
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.