Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Counting by 7s, by Holly Goldberg Sloan
The general path of the story won't surprise anyone -- it basically begs to becomes a tale of random good fortune and luck -- but what makes this book a joy is the connectedness of the random events. The message is that no matter how hard you try to order the world and control the outcome, in the end you never quite know where you will end up. Meanwhile, it is such a nicely written book with such charmingly odd and unusual characters, that you'll be willing to swallow a whole lot of sentimentality along the way. As with many books of this sort, it's more designed for adults (and librarians) than for kids, but one hopes that children will just enjoy a gentle story.