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Sydnee Burr


Excellent, Young Adult, Holly Goldberg Sloan, Genius, Ecentricities, High School, Middle School, Orphans, Gardens, Counseling

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Book Review


Sloan masterfully creates distinct characters that stay with you long after the last page of the book. Willow Chance doesn't fit in. She's adopted and different from her parents, but she likes that. She's a genius and different from the kids at school, but that mostly doesn't bother her either. Instead, she dives into her garden and other eccentricities developing humor, intelligence, and inner-peace along the way. When Willow's world gets torn apart, it's up to her to find a new source of peace and a new place to belong. In doing so, she helps those around her feel more comfortable too.