Counting Thyme

Counting Thyme

Book - 2016
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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.
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group, 2016.
ISBN: 9780399173301
Branch Call Number: J FIC CONK
Characteristics: 320 pages


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Oct 05, 2017

A 2018-2019 Missouri Mark Twain Readers Award preliminary nominee (grades 4-6).

Eleven-year-old Thyme and her family move from California to New York so that her little brother Val can participate in a cancer drug trial. The move is just supposed to be for a few months.

Lovely book about family and growing up and what it's like when one child is so sick that the other kids don't get all the attention they need and being strong and brave until you can't. I don't know that it had anything new to say, but I liked it.

Oct 23, 2016

Nothing unique or especially interesting. overused plot points don't do anything to add to the general story. a heartwarming story to be sure, but nothing new that you haven't read many times before. A sibling deathly ill, parents consumed with caring for them while the subjects main child goes neglected and lonely.

CMLibrary_kmadron May 28, 2016

As a parent reading this, I was supremely annoyed by the parents' lack of truth-telling with Thyme. They definitely withheld information that may have been hard to swallow at first, but would have made the transition much smoother in the long run. Thyme would have approached kids at school with a different attitude. She wouldn't have had miscommunications with her friend back in San Diego. And she would maybe feel less guilt and shame over her plan to go back home in spite of her brother's illness.


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Oct 05, 2017

booknrrd thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

CMLibrary_kmadron May 28, 2016

CMLibrary_kmadron thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 13


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CMLibrary_kmadron May 28, 2016

Thyme is eleven years old and leaving behind her life in San Diego to travel to New York City with her family. They are taking her little brother, Val, short for Valerian, to a cancer trial. He's five years old and has neuroblastoma which is a kind of cancer that attacks the nerves. He's in remission after chemotherapy, but this cancer medicine trial could help prevent the cancer from coming back. Thyme is trying to be a good sister, helping her family to earn time for her jar to spend on what she really wants. She's keeping that a secret, though, because what she really wants is to go back to San Diego. Can she possibly earn enough time to persuade her parents to head back early? How long is this cancer trial going to last, anyway? Can Thyme find a way to balance her daily life in New York while still yearning for home?


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