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.
The Becket List: A Blackberry Farm Story
How to Be a Country Kid:
Do Barnyard Chores
Make a New Best Friend
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 the urban bustle for Blackberry Farm, where Becket has to make sense of chores, animals, and big green fields. And as much as Becket loves to yell "Beautiful Alert!" there's a lot about the countryside that is just plain odd.
Becket is determined to use her city smarts to get a grip on country living. From selling mouth-puckering lemonade to caring for hostile hens, 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.
Praise for The Becket List
“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.”
“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
“Perfect . . . This fun and colorful novel will surely make you happy and brighten up your day.”