Counting by 7s

So thankful to have a sister who recommends amazing YA books! Gulped this down after a conversation yesterday. It’s an interesting take on the tired old “kid loses both parents in freak accident” genre. This kid is an adopted 12-year-old black girl who is a genius, inadvertently helping out everyone in her path. She didn’t fit in at school but when accused of cheating on her standardized test (because no mistakes and finished in minutes), she has to see a counseler named Del Duke. Through Del she meets a pair of Vietnamese kids and through them their mother Patti who runs a nail salon. Willow (the narrator) picks up Vietnamese in a snap, ends up living with the family and improving everyone’s life by getting Del’s apartment overhauled, garden planted, etc.