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Holly Goldberg Sloan

Dear Librarian:

You are the glue that holds us all together. Libraries are where we go to find answers. They hold our culture.

I could make the case that nothing is more important than books for young people. After the age of 13 it is more difficult to learn a language, to ride a bicycle and to learn to swim. This is documented by scientific study.

It is also more difficult after that age to learn to be compassionate, to understand differences, and to embrace change.

My book was written to ask people, young and old, to look at the world through the eyes of those who may not always be heard.

In the library we whisper because the books do the talking.

Thank you for being there.

Holly Goldberg Sloan

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"...extraordinary and even inspirational." —Publisher's Weekly  

"Readers can only hope for more characters like Willow Chase to come from this author."  Jennifer M. Brown —Shelf Awareness

"A story of renewal and belonging that succeeds..." —Kirkus

"A graceful, meaningful tale featuring a cast of charming, well-rounded characters who learn sweet — but never cloying — lessons about resourcefulness, community, and true resilience in the face of loss."—Booklist (starred review)

"Bright and heartfelt [...] an uplifting story." —Kirkus Reviews

"What sets this novel apart from the average orphan-finds-a-home book is its lack of sentimentality, its truly multicultural cast (Willow describes herself as a "person of color"; Mai and Quang-ha are of mixed Vietnamese, African American, and Mexican ancestry), and its tone. . . . Poignant." — The Horn Book (starred review)

Counting By 7s / Holly Goldberg Sloan / Penguin Group

Price: $16.99 / ISBN: 978-0803738553 / Published: August, 2013

Ages 10+ / Middle Grade Fiction

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