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.