Counting Thyme

Counting Thyme

Book - 2016
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Thyme Owens moves across the country with her family so her younger brother can take part in a promising cancer drug trial, and though all she wants is for him to get better, adjusting to life in Manhattan is anything but easy.
Publisher: New York, NY : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2016
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780399173301
Characteristics: 300 pages ; 22 cm
Call Number: J CONKLIN, M


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Feb 09, 2019

Interesting characters and a heartwarming story, but I agree with other readers who were annoyed by her parents' lack of transparency.

Jan 25, 2019

This book was well written, but not very exciting or original. It was another story about a kid who is forced to move to a new city and is trying to find her place and fit in. It is character driven and very slow paced, which might not make it a great fit for the age group it is intended for. It was a sweet story, but I felt like I'd read a hundred like it before.

Dec 02, 2018

What I loved about this book: NYC, the cover and the name of the main character. Also loved the cranky neighbor trope and the wonderful Mrs. "Ravioli". What annoyed me was the lack of transparency on the part of the parents. They kept important developments to themselves and Thyme was certainly old enough to be on a need to know basis. Middle grade readers may or may not grasp this distinction. If not, it will be a five star book for them.

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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