Apart from the figure 7, Willow loves plants and diagnosing medical conditions, but to get along with other children is more than difficult for the highly talented girl. Due to Willow’s allegedly antisocial behavior she ends up at the school counselor Mr. Duke. There, she meets Mai and her brother Quang-Ha. Willow is so fascinated by energetic Mai that she starts to learn Vietnamese before they meet again.
When Willow’s adoptive parents die in a car crash, Mai takes matters into her hands. Suddenly, Willow finds herself living in a very small space together with Mai, Quang-Ha and their mother Patty. To prevent Willow from living in an orphanage, they all spontaneously move in with Mr. Duke. But this is not the only change. It is Willow who changes the lives of the people caring for her and the environment they live in together now. And Willow changes, too!
This book is suitable for readers aged 9 and 12.
Holly Goldberg Sloan was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan and spent her childhood living in Holland, Istanbul, Turkey, Washington DC, Berkeley, California and Eugene, Oregon. After graduating from Wellesley College and spending some time as an advertising copywriter, she began writing and directing family feature films, including Angels in the Outfield and Made in America. Counting by 7s, her first middle-grade novel, was a New York Times Bestseller. The mother of two sons, Holly lives with her husband in Santa Monica, California.