The Becket List: A Blackberry Farm Story

The Becket List: A Blackberry Farm Story


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Everything is changing for Becket Branch.

From subways to sidewalks to safety rules, she is a city kid born and raised. Now the Branch family is trading urban bustle for big green fields and moving to help their gran on Blackberry Farm, where Becket has to make sense of new routines, from feeding animals to baling hay.

But Becket is ready! She even makes her own “Becket List” for How to Be a Country Kid. Things don’t always work out the way she planned, but whether it’s selling mouth-puckering lemonade, feeding hostile hens, or trying to make a new best friend, Becket is determined to use her city smarts to get a grip on country living.

Get ready to yell “Beautiful Alert!” along with Becket as she mucks through the messy, exuberant experience of change she didn’t ask for, in a story that sparkles with quirky characters, cheerful humor, and unexpected adventures.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781616207908
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Publication date: 04/02/2019
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 450,024
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile: 710L (what's this?)
Age Range: 7 - 11 Years

About the Author

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 the illustrator of the Princess in Black series, Real Friends, the Freckleface Strawberry series, and many other books for young readers. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and two sons. 

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The Becket List: A Blackberry Farm Story 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
JillJemmett More than 1 year ago
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.
HowUsefulItIs More than 1 year ago
I started reading The Becket List: A Blackberry Farm Story on 1/7/2019 and finished it on 1/14/2019. This book is an excellent read! I like Rebecca also known as Becket. She’s an easy going person who has a positive attitude to everything. She embraces her family’s decision to say goodbye to city life and move to the country. She doesn’t laugh at her twin brother for being afraid of dead bugs but instead helps to make him feel more comfortable in his new surroundings. Even when life in the country puts her in an unexpected place, she pushes back with a fight rather than accepts defeat. This book is told in the first person point of view following Rebecca “Becket” Branch. She has a big sister named Caroline who is finishing sixth grade and twin brother named Nicholas who is finishing third grade. Her family is packing up and moving to Blackberry Farm where her Veterinarian parents will take over the town’s Animal Clinic and help out her Gran run the Farm Store. The twins are as different as they can be. Becket has a positive attitude to change while Nicholas is not. Moving to the country also means Becket will no longer share her room with her big sister, and that’s a change she isn’t ready for. A girl up for anything, Becket creates a list to make sure she will do everything to be a country kid even when life in the country isn’t always a smooth ride. The Becket List is very well written and upbeat. I love that Becket is a team player, an easy going daughter who is okay with everything tossed her way. Often I feel her parents are harder on her than on her twin, Nicholas because she’s tasks with all the chores and he doesn’t. I do like reading about an opposite character from Becket because it helps me to understand that some kid takes longer than others to agree to change. I like that their parents sign them up to summer activities anyway even knowing Nicholas will not embrace it immediately. I like the story on Mr. Fancypants, their dog. I love his naps by the shaded tree under the sun. The comparison between city life and country life is interesting and I highly recommend everyone to read this book. Pro: positive attitude, country life vs city life, friendship, family, family pet, chores, summer camps, diversity, Con: none I rate it 5 stars! ***Disclaimer: Many thanks to Algonquin Young Readers for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest. xoxo, Jasmine at for more details
LHill2110 More than 1 year ago
Rebecca’s family is moving to the country and 3rd grader Rebecca is the only one excited about it. Her twin brother Nicholas is afraid of everything in the country, and her older sister is unhappy about having to leave her best friend behind. They will be moving to the farm where her Gran lives, and her veterinarian parents will take over the Old Post Road Animal Clinic. Rebecca is bent on applying her city smarts to country living and begins by adopting a country nickname — Becket. Becket is full of spirit and life — the antithesis of her quieter, more fearful, twin Nicholas (who in a complete gender stereotype reversal hates bugs and loves shopping). She searches for “Beautiful Alerts” wherever she goes. During the transition summer Becket tries to work through her “Becket List” but nothing seems to go according to plan. She does learn a lot about people, animals (their farm has 97 chickens and she is the chief egg collector!), and most importantly about life. As her Gran says, “that’s life — most reliable thing about it are the twists and turns.” You will fall in love with Becket — an untampable girl full of energy and spirit.
Evgal More than 1 year ago
Today is publication day for The Becket List by Adele Griffin. This is a Young Readers book that I received in exchange for my review. This is not the age level of book that you might to expect to find here but you might have a young reader in your life who is looking for a book. Becket Branch and her family are making a big move. They are moving from the city to a farm out in the country. Becket is embracing country life with both hands. She is a very enthusiastic little girl who is sure that she will fit right in. She finds it is harder than she thought but she learns to make some adjustments. She makes mistakes but learns from them. Whether it is taking care of animals or making new friends, Beckett jumps in with both feet. She learns things about living in the country and how to make friends. It is a nice story for a young reader. The book is rated for ages 7 – 11. I found that it is important to get a book for a young reader that they can relate to. I think that with this story, they will find many things that they will recognize. Thanks for reading!