The Becket List: A Blackberry Farm Story by Adele GriffinThe Becket List: A Blackberry Farm Story by Adele Griffin

The Becket List: A Blackberry Farm Story

byAdele GriffinIllustratorLeUyen Pham

Hardcover | April 2, 2019

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Adventure and discover with the bold and intrepid Becket Branch when her family’s move from city to a country farm means big changes!

Everything is changing for Becket Branch. From subways to sidewalks to safety rules, Becket is a city kid born and raised. Now the Branch family is trading urban bustle for big green fields and moving to Gran’s farm, where Becket has to make sense of new routines from feeding animals to baling hay. And as much as Becket loves to yell “Beautiful Alert!” there’s a lot about the countryside that is just plain odd.

But Becket is ready to put her own spin on country life. Whether selling her mouth-puckering lemonade, feeding hostile hens, or trying to make a best friend of her new neighbor Frieda Franca, Becket is determined to use her city smarts to get a grip on farm living. Laugh and learn with Becket as she mucks through the messy, exuberant human experience of change she didn’t ask for, in a story that sparkles with quirky characters and lasting connections.
Adele Griffin is the National Book Award-nominated author of numerous books for middle grade and young adult readers, including the popular Oodlethunks, Witch Twins, and Vampire Island series. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and two children.LeUyen Pham worked in animation before turning to children’s books. She is th...
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Title:The Becket List: A Blackberry Farm StoryFormat:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 7.75 × 5.5 × 0.98 inPublished:April 2, 2019Publisher:Algonquin BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1616207906

ISBN - 13:9781616207908

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun story This is a great story about growing up and life changes. Becket goes through many changes in this book. At the beginning, her family moves to her grandmother’s farm. She has to adjust from city life in an apartment to country life on a farm. She also goes to a camp, but it is very different from the camp she used to go to in the city. She doesn’t make friends as easily as she did before. I loved that Becket had to deal with all of these changes in this book, because often kids books just focus on one kind of life change rather than many different ones. I loved the pictures in the book. There were some at the beginning, but they tapered off towards the end. I had an ARC so this may have changed in the final edition, but I would have loved to have even more pictures because they were so great! The one thing I didn’t like about this book was the ending. I won’t spoil it, but something happens to one of the animals. It was upsetting to me, because I could relate to it, which made it difficult to read. Things happen to animals as part of life on a farm, so I understand why it was in the story. However, I don’t like reading about things that happen to animals, so it is a personal preference. I really liked this story. It’s great for middle grade readers. I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2019-04-20

Editorial Reviews

“This is not just a terrific book about sharing friends with siblings, rolling with changes, and the difficulty of making new friends after a move. It is also (spoiler alert) a terrific, gentle, earnest book for coping with pet loss . . .  [Griffin's] humor, pathos, quick character development, and enjoyable dialogue are just as good as ever, and Pham’s illustrations . . . are charming and beautifully humorous in how they capture emotional expression. A sparkling story of weathering change.”—Booklist, starred review “Becket is an outgoing, refreshingly self-confident protagonist . . . Readers will appreciate her ability to bounce back from whatever life hands her. Pham’s sketch drawings scattered throughout enhance the energy and humor of the story. Give this to kids who enjoy stories with plucky female protagonists.”—School Library Journal “Becket is a regular laundry list of confidently delivered safety sayings, and it's just one of her many original and sparkling traits . . . the storyline is warm and amusing as Becket and her two siblings navigate their new life on a farm.”—Kirkus Reviews “An enjoyable novel for young readers beginning to explore the world on their own terms.”—Horn Book Magazine   “Becket’s narration vibrates with energy and cheer…Pham’s black and white illustrations…have just the right amount of comic flair to match the vibrant humor of Becket’s story.”—The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books