Friday, January 24, 2014
1,2,3,4,5,6,7...you're out. Verity wins!
In Counting by 7s, the main character, Willow Chance, is a twelve year old genius with social issues similar to television’s Sheldon Cooper; the simplest of those is an obsession with the number 7. Being adopted and different, her world is stabilized because of her supportive parents, but when a tragic accident occurs, she must reach out beyond her comfort bubble to find a new network of family. It’s a sweet story, often predictable, but the character of Willow is so likeable that it’s easy to overlook plot simplicities. It seems like an excellent read for Gr.6 or 7, but older readers who enjoy historical fiction will prefer Code Name: Verity.
This book, specifically the two female protagonists, continued to roam through our minds for weeks after putting the novel aside. It’s actually difficult to give an appropriate summary without giving away the plot twists. Ultimately, it’s a gorgeously written story of two teen girls during WWII, one from working class folk and the other aristocracy, who together become active in the war effort, one as a pilot and the other a wireless operator.
The author writes effortlessly about friendship, deception, and incredibly feats of heroism. It’s beautifully researched even if we weren’t terribly interested in the history of specific airplanes (and perhaps skimmed through those sections), and this well-written world and characters are so riveting that we picked up the companion book, Rose Under Fire.
Having just finished teaching The Book Thief, Code Name: Verity has been the go-to book for our strong readers, male and female, so in our minds, it easily wins this battle.
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