Counting Thyme by Melanie Conklin

“When someone tells you your little brother might die, you’re quick to agree to anything. You give up after-school activities because no one can take you to practice. You start eating kale chips instead of regular sour cream ‘n’ onion because your mom says kale is rich in antioxidants, which means healthy. You even agree to move across the country, if that’s what it takes. That’s how I ended up in New York City.”

It’s really difficult for Thyme to leave her best friend and her grandmother back home in San Diego, California! New York City isn’t the easiest place to get around. She isn’t used to taking a subway to get to school! And she doesn’t want any of the people at her new school to know about her sick little brother, Val.

Plus, her parents are so concerned about the drug trials for her brother that she feels like no one cares much about her! Slowly Thyme begins to meet some kids her age, and she even begins to care about the grumpy neighbor down the hall from their apartment.

This is Melanie Conklin’s first book, and she did a great job of capturing the struggles of middle school with humor and heart! It’s a good book for boys and girls!

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