Summer Reading Assignment
by Holly Goldberg Sloan Year Published: April 2013
Willow Chance is a twelve-year-old girl identified as “gifted” at an early age. Her world changes drastically when her adoptive parents die in a car crash, leaving her to navigate her world on her own. The essence of the story revolves around Willow’s journey to find a place where she belongs. It touches on themes of the ability to persevere through a challenging time and how one person can touch many lives, sometimes unexpectedly.
As part of our effort to build a shared experience, our entire Wells community has always read the same novel over the summer. This year we are asking all students and staff to continue this practice with our title for the 2022-23 school year, Counting by 7’s by Holly Goldberg Sloan. This novel will serve as a catalyst for us to come together through school-wide activities that foster teamwork, collaboration, and critical thinking. These activities will also allow students to build relationships with staff and peers.
We chose this title because many of the themes presented in the book relate to the middle school experience. The main character, Willow, learns to understand the power of building relationships and small actions while developing a sense of belonging. Here, you will find the link to Amazon. Also, we will have some copies available to borrow starting on July 6, and you can sign one out for two weeks through the main office (845-279-3702). There is also an assignment to go along with the book. Your child is responsible for reading the novel and completing the assignment by the start of school in September.