The Becket List: A Blackberry Farm Story

By: Adele Griffin

Illustrator: LeUyen Pham

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.

Black-and-white illustrations.

ISBN: 9781616207908

JLG Release: May 2019


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Country life , Moving households , Family life , Grandmothers , Farms

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Praise & Reviews

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Nine-year-old Rebecca (who renames herself “Becket”) moves with her family from the city to the farm where her father grew up. Older sister Caroline is excited about having her own room, while Becket’s twin Nicholas isn’t much for change in any form. Becket specializes in enthusiasm—her mother is the first of several characters to suggest Nine-year-old Rebecca (who renames herself “Becket”) moves with her family from the city to the farm where her father grew up. Older sister Caroline is excited about having her own room, while Becket’s twin Nicholas isn’t much for change in any form. Becket specializes in enthusiasm—her mother is the first of several characters to suggest that an off-button or volume control might come in handy—and she dives in with a list of steps to become a “country kid.” She learns her way around the farm animals, including a crotchety chicken named Laying Godiva, and adjusts to a world where “stranger danger” is less of a concern than “don’t fall asleep in the field where Farmer Jess is baling hay.” She also learns to adjust when Nicholas, who has always needed her help, begins to break out of his shell. Pham’s interspersed drawings capture the siblings’ squabbles and accomplishments, and Becket is vividly portrayed in both words and pictures. Griffin does a good job of presenting the low-stakes conflicts of the book (overzealous lemonade stand promotion, a disastrous visit from a city friend) with the full import they carry for a nine-year-old, and the hazards of Becket’s sometimes excessive enthusiasm are addressed without ultimately dampening her spirits. An enjoyable novel for young readers beginning to explore the world on their own terms.

Book Details

ISBN

9781616207908

First Release

May 2019

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

7 2/3" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

208

Accelerated Reader

Level 4.3; Points: 4;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

Lexile

Level 710L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Algonquin

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Country life, Moving households, Family life, Grandmothers, Farms,

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