Title: Counting Thyme
Author: Melanie Conklin
Page Count: 300
When eleven-year-old Thyme Owen's little brother, Val, is accepted into a new cancer trial, Thyme and her family are overjoyed. It's just the chance they've been hoping for, even though it means moving to New York, thousands of miles away from their home in San Diego. The change is tough on Thyme; she misses her family's house, her best friend, Shani, her grandmother, and their secret garden. To make matters worse, the bustling streets of New York aren't exactly welcoming, but Thyme trusts that the move is only temporary.
When Val's treatment starts to show promise and her dad takes a full-time job in the city, Thyme is forced to accept that New York might be more permanent than she thought. Her feelings become even more mixed-up when her heart feels the tug of new friends, a first crush, and even a grumpy neighbor and his sweet whistling bird. All Thyme can do is count the minutes, hours, and days, and hope time can bring both a miracle for Val and a way back home.
Melanie Conklin's sparkling debut is equal parts heart and humor, a charming story of love and family-and what it means to be counted.
"Counting Thyme shows how a serious illness can tear the fabric of a family apart, and love can stitch it back together again. This deeply moving story of family, friendship, and belonging will settle deep in your heart and stay there long after the final page is read." -DONNA GEPHART, award-winning author of Deat by Toilet Paper and Lily and Dunkin
"Melanie Conkline brings New York vividly to life in Counting Thyme, a gentle story fueled by heart, hope, and beautifully developed characters." -PAT SCHMATZ, award-winning author of Bluefish
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This book was great, first off. I could really tell how Thyme was feeling the whole time, about switching to a new school and having to leave her home in California behind for her brother. I've never moved since I was one, but this book made me ponder what it was like to have to pick up your stuff and completely adjust to a new place. And everyone expects you to do it quickly. This book showed great emotion, and I think it did very well expressing the feelings of the other characters as well, which is not something altogether very easy to do. I really liked this book, and it was great.
The Bottom Line: Great book, wonderful showings of emotion