کتاب زمان کاغذی

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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. 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.


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I was lucky to read an advanced copy of COUNTING THYME.

Thyme Owens has all of the typical 11-year-old struggles: friendship problems, sibling problems, a new school, and a first crush. While Thyme navigates those struggles, she also has to contend with something really big: her little brother has cancer. So for Thyme, every choice becomes a conflict between being helpful and hopeful for her little brother or doing something for herself.

Thymes experience is real and authentic and often painful. Her story reminds you that in dark places, holding onto love and family and friends can bring you into the light again.

I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a fair review.

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I was lucky enough to read an arc of this in return for a fair review.

Ugh, this book kind of broke me. In a good way.

Thyme has just moved to New York City with her family because her younger brother, whos suffering from neuroblastoma (nerve cancer), has been entered into a drug trial. Thyme loves her brother so much, and desperately wants him to be well again, but she also loves her home shes leaving behind, her best friend, her grandmother and the secret garden theyve planted.
Thymes parents say its only for a few months, but Thyme wants to be home before she misses her shared birthday with her BFF. So she sets about completing any and every chore, since her award is @time@ she can then cash in later for things. If she collects enough time, she know she can get home.
But in the meantime, she has to go to school and try to fit in with the new kids. And deal with a cranky/scary downstairs neighbor. And share a room with her older sister who keeps getting in trouble. Not to mention that her mom seems only focused on her brother and no one else.
And when Thyme discovers that her parents are keeping secrets, she has to make some decisions on her own, even if someone ends up getting hurt.

I love Thyme. I love all the characters, actually (except for one girl who is mean, but, yknow, I reserve the right to dislike mean characters) but Thyme is clearly the heart of this story as the main character and she carries that torch well. Her complicated emotions are fully realized and utterly believable and mostly I just wanted to hug her a lot for the hard place she finds herself in--wanting her brother to get better but also wanting to go back home.

I also adored the side plots revolving around school. I love school books and Thyme trying to make friends (and maybe a boyfriend!) is wonderful and full of twists and turns and angst that kept me turning the page until the very end.

Highly recommend for fans of realistic MG. Thyme wont let you down.


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Anyone who knows me well knows that I’m a sucker for any book that’ll give me the feels. My debut is, admittedly, a tearjerker, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that I was drawn to another middle grade tearjerker, Melanie Conklin‘s debut Counting Thyme.

Eleven-year-old Thyme Owens has just left her beloved home (and grandmother, and best friend) behind in San Diego, and moved to the Big Apple. But her eyes aren’t starry with dreams of Broadway and everything else that New York City has to offer; Thyme is here for a different reason. Her younger brother Val (short for Valerian) has been accepted to be part of a drug trial to treat his neuroblastoma, a nerve cancer.

Thyme doesn’t know how long they’ll be staying in NYC, but she has her eyes set on a quick return. The two things she most wants pull her in opposite directions. Val getting better, and a return home; can she have them both? In a way, she thinks she can. The thing is, Mom’s been giving her little slips of paper for “time” — free passes for a half hour, an hour, etc. — for her to do whatever she wants, a counterbalance for how much of her family’s time is consumed by care for Val. Thyme collects all these slips in a glass jar, hoping beyond hope that she can amass enough “time” to go back to San Diego. To go back home.

Meanwhile, a life in New York city beckons. There’s a new school. New potential friends. A cute boy in class. A crotchety downstairs neighbor with a cockatoo. Ravioli — ahem, Mrs. Ravelli. The school play, The Wizard of Oz, and being in the sound crew with said cute boy.

Is Thyme just biding her time? Or could she possibly find a new life here in New York City?

I boarded my cross-country flight this morning with one goal. I was going to read Counting Thyme on this flight and it was going to help me pass the time! Oh, did it. As I sniffled my way through the flight — eventually I had to ask a flight attendant for some napkins to use in lieu of tissues — I became so deeply concerned with Thyme’s family, especially Thyme and Val. My heart ached for Thyme as she so often put herself second in caring for her little brother. Conklin does an amazing job of authentically portraying Thyme’s whole world, from her NYC apartment building life to the middle school experience to her sometimes fraught relationship with her older sister Cori (short for Coriander). This family felt so real for me, which of course is what led to the sniffling.

Thyme is self-deprecating and funny, sometimes brave, sometime shy and awkward, but full of love and hope and fear. The fear of losing Val, of Val ending up in the hospital, of his body resisting the trial — all of that is always there, always simmering beneath the surface. Though Thyme keeps her real reason for being in NYC a secret from her peers at school, she can never keep the truth far from her own mind. This book imparted on me such a strong sense of the impact a child’s cancer can have on every member of the family, and of the varying personal reactions to this experience.

Highly, highly recommended!


مشاهده لینک اصلی
Thymes family moves to New York City so her younger brother, Val, can participate in a drug trial for his neuroblastoma cancer. She must deal with a new city, a new school, new peers, all the while desperately missing her hometown and best friend.

Conklin stitches together a book about moving and a book about childhood cancer into a nuanced story about family and sacrifice. The writing itself is beautiful but subtle, and woven with the tiniest emotional details. The Owens are all vivid, well-written characters, and their interactions feel as true and complicated as a 3-D family. Even Conklins secondary characters feel chiseled and add to Thymes discovery of what it means to belong.

The book can also go on any list of books set in NYC. Even though Thyme comes to the city as a reluctant outsider, the book feels like an ode to New York, with so many moments perfectly reflecting life in the Big Apple. The chapters during the holidays are especially magical.

COUNTING THYME reads like a classic on the middle grade shelf, and will be beloved by children and adults for many years. It is sad without being depressing, and so full of hope for a book involving cancer. It is a perfect read for those who liked Rebecca Steads WHEN YOU REACH ME.

I read an advanced copy of COUNTING THYME by Melanie Conklin in exchange for an honest review.





مشاهده لینک اصلی
This book was an absolute delight.

Thyme Owens and her family need to move from their home in California to an apartment in NYC because her little brother, Val, has the opportunity to be part of a cancer drug trial that could help save his life. Of course theyre going to go, but that doesnt mean that Thyme isnt a little bit sad about the upheaval. Shes leaving her best friend Shani, her house, her grandma! And for any middle schooler, this is A LOT, especially on top of everything her family is going through.

I loved these characters and their big hearts. This family was so special - the way they care so much, the way they look out for each other, the way they struggle and try to find a new normal together. There was sadness, but there was so much hope, too! Conklin weaves in these wonderful threads of humor and first crushes and new experiences and friendships. I loved the secondary characters, too. Lizzie, Jake, Sylvie, Mrs. Ravelli. There was also this great New York flavor to the book which made it even more fun.

This book settled into a little corner of my heart. I just loved it. I would highly recommend to anyone who loved COUNTING BY 7s or LIAR AND SPY. Or really anyone who loves a book with great heart.

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