Counting Thyme

Paperback | April 4, 2017

byMelanie Conklin

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Newbery-winning Rules meets Counting by 7s in this charming story of love and family.

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. All she 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.

“Debut author Conklin writes with a pitch-perfect middle-grade voice… A nice choice for middle-grade readers who enjoy heartfelt and emotional novels.”—Booklist 

“Thyme’s remarkable perseverance and resilience will inspire readers of Conklin’s compassionate tale.”—Kirkus Reviews

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Newbery-winning Rules meets Counting by 7s in this charming story of love and family.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...

Melanie Conklin is a writer, reader, and all-around lover of books and those who create them. She lives in South Orange, New Jersey, with her husband and two small maniacs. Melanie spent a decade as a product designer and approaches her writing with the same three-dimensional thinking and fastidious attention to detail. Counting Thyme ...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 7.75 × 5.06 × 0.68 inPublished:April 4, 2017Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0147515173

ISBN - 13:9780147515179

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Moving contemporary MG novel I had the good fortune of previewing an advance reader copy of COUNTING THYME. Thyme Owens’s life is turned upside down when her younger brother needs a new cancer drug, and her whole family moves from San Diego to New York City for his trial treatment. Although she’d do anything to help her brother recover, Thyme’s character is tested and revealed by such a big move in the midst of middle school. Melanie Conklin’s debut novel is powerfully written with fine attention paid to the emotional details. The characters feel real and believable, and the central crisis of her brother’s illness is handled with skill to avoid sentimental melodrama. COUNTING THYME is a moving and engaging read that delivers in the end.
Date published: 2016-07-06

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Praise for Counting Thyme:“Debut author Conklin writes with a pitch-perfect middle-grade voice… A nice choice for middle-grade readers who enjoy heartfelt and emotional novels.”—Booklist “Thyme’s remarkable perseverance and resilience will inspire readers of Conklin’s compassionate tale.”—Kirkus Reviews“A sweet book that will strum the heartstrings of readers.”—School Library Journal “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.”—Publishers Weekly “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 Death by Toilet Paper and Lily and Dunkin“Melanie Conklin 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