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Counting Thyme by Melanie Conklin. 300 p. G.p. Putnam's Sons, April, 2016. 9780399173301.
Publisher synopsis: Newbery-winning Rules meets Counting by 7s in this affecting story of a girl’s devotion to her brother and what it means to be home
First line: When someone tells you your little brother might die, you're quick to agree to anything.
Page 56: The main side effect of Val's new cancer drug was pain. I read that online, Mom and Dad didn't like to dwell on the "downside," as they called it. I wished they trusted me enough to tell me what was going on, but they didn't. I had to look up what was happening with Val on my own, although there wasn't as much information as you might expect. Not many kids got neuroblastoma. More people won the lottery.