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Counting Thyme
by Melanie Conklin


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Newbery-winning "Rules" meets "Counting by 7s" in this affecting story of a girl s devotion to her brother and what it means to be home
When eleven-year-old Thyme Owens little brother, Val, is accepted into a new cancer drug trial, it s just the second chance that he needs.  Read more...


 
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Overview

Newbery-winning "Rules" meets "Counting by 7s" in this affecting story of a girl s devotion to her brother and what it means to be home
When eleven-year-old Thyme Owens little brother, Val, is accepted into a new cancer drug trial, it s just the second chance that he needs. But it also means the Owens family has to move to New York, thousands of miles away from Thyme s best friend and everything she knows and loves. The island of Manhattan doesn t exactly inspire new beginnings, but Thyme tries to embrace the change for what it is: temporary.
After Val s treatment shows real promise and Mr. Owens accepts a full-time position in the city, Thyme has to face the frightening possibility that the move to New York is permanent. Thyme loves her brother, and knows the trial could save his life she d give anything for him to be well but she still wants to go home, although the guilt of not wanting to stay is agonizing. She finds herself even more mixed up when her heart feels the tug of new friends, a first crush, and even a crotchety neighbor and his sweet whistling bird. All Thyme can do is count the minutes, the hours, and days, and hope time can bring both a miracle for Val and a way back home.
With equal parts heart and humor, Melanie Conklin s debut is a courageous and charming story of love and family andwhat it means to be counted."

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780399173301
  • ISBN-10: 0399173307
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
  • Publish Date: April 2016
  • Page Count: 320
  • Reading Level: Ages 10-UP


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Family - Siblings
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Health & Daily Living - Diseases, Illnesses & Injuries

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-02-01
  • Reviewer: Staff

Conklin makes a strong debut with this moving family story narrated by 11-year-old Thyme, whose five-year-old brother, Val, has been fighting cancer for nine months. When he is accepted into a drug trial, the Owens family leaves San Diego for New York City, where Thyme focuses on her secret plan to return home early. Conklin realistically depicts Thyme’s culture shock in Manhattan (apartment living, Laundromats, cold weather), homesickness for her grandmother and best friend, and the roller coaster of emotions that accompany a family member’s serious illness; equally strong is the exploration of middle-school friendship difficulties and the beginnings of a first crush. While a few of the characters (such as Thyme’s crush and the woman hired to cook and accompany her to and from school) are a little too good to be true, most develop in credible ways through their individual struggles. Conklin successfully weaves together the shifting dynamics of a loving family under crisis with the less dramatic but equally heartfelt turmoil of coming of age in a new environment. Ages 10–up. Agent: Peter Knapp, New Leaf Literary & Media. (Apr.)

 
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