Loved this book! I don't know why I took so long to pick it up and read it , but I'm so happy I did! Willow Chance is different. Although she is "highly gifted" she doesn't do well in school. Now enrolled in a different high school, things don't change for her. Willow also doesn't get along well with most other students. She was adopted when she was a baby and now tragedy strikes when her parents are in a fatal car accident. Willow needs a place to stay and really has no one in her life that is suitable to help her. This is one of those books where the reader realizes that family isn't necessarily blood ties - it could be the most unlikely group of people who end up together. And that is what happens in Counting by 7s - but the people who become her family are really such an interesting mix of "oddballs." We meet a taxi driver who thinks Willow is a miracle worker; a very inept counselor; and a Japanese manicurist and her two unusual children.
But mostly what makes this book work is Willow - she's a wonderful mix of precociousness and innocence. I loved her!