Counting by 7’s by Holly Goldberg Sloan. Pages 378.
Willow Chance’s life as child genius has always been peculiar and finding friends has never been easy but as she starts middle school, she is hopeful that things might change and she will find friendship outside the comfort of her garden and vast knowledge of medical diseases and conditions. She is off to good start when she meets Mai and her brother Quang-ha through her newly appointed school counselor Dell Duke. However, everything changes when she finds herself alone after her parents die in a car accident, without relatives or siblings Willow is destined to become a ward of the state. It is then that her new found friends will step up in imaginable ways and the strange group will heal each other in unforeseen ways.
North of Nowhere by Liz Kessler. Pages 264.
This is a time travel tale that captures the reader’s attention and makes putting the book down impossible. Mia’s spring break plans suddenly change when her grandfather disappears from the little town of Porthaven. Over the next week Mia will discover a mystery that will leave her and her family questioning their sanity.