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The Becket list : a Blackberry Farm story
When New York City native Becket Branch moves to the country with her family to help run her grandmother's farm and store, she finds that new friends, hostile chickens, sour lemonade and mischief are only the beginnings of her new life.-- Provided by Publisher.
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202 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Algonquin Young Readers, an imprint of Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill,
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Young Readers, an imprint of Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2019.

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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.

Author Notes

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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School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-4-Becket Branch and her family are moving from the city to her grandmother's farm in the country, and Becket is very excited about all the changes that are coming her way. She keeps a watchful eye for what she calls "Beautiful alerts" or any wonderful thing she wants to make a note of. She also keeps a list of all the new experiences she will be having as a country kid, including doing barnyard chores and making a new best friend. Naturally, she hits a few rough patches along the way. The animals don't always cooperate, her new potential best friend seems more interested in befriending her twin brother, and her senior citizen city dog isn't quite the country dog she was wishing for. But it is all part of the many new experiences that country life has to offer. Becket is an outgoing, refreshingly self-confident protagonist, and although she may sometimes come across as a bit pushy to her fellow characters, her enthusiasm is infectious. 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. -VERDICT Give this to kids who enjoy stories with plucky female protagonists. Recommended for most collections.--Jessica -Marie, Salem Public Library, OR © Copyright 2019. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publisher's Weekly Review

After her veterinarian parents decide to move from the city to live on Gran's Blackberry Farm, Becket Branch, 9, doesn't think she'll miss much-except, maybe, her best friend Caleb, the apartment she's grown up in, and the egg and cheese on a roll from Sugarman's Deli. Still, she is determined to put on a brave, happy face so that her twin brother, Nicholas, won't be even more upset about the move then he already is. Armed with her growing list, "How to Be a Country Kid," Becket is ready to have new adventures (standing up to a mean chicken, attending Young Explorers Camp), make new friends, and (she hopes) get a dog. Things don't end up going the way she plans, though, and she soon discovers that country living isn't as easy as she'd thought. Heartwarming prose by Griffin (the Oodlethunks series) is as energetic as Becket herself, while expressive spot art by Pham (Stop That Yawn!) reinforces the story's action and breaks up the text for younger readers. In the end, Becket learns to take Gran's message to heart: "That's life.... Most reliable thing about it are the twists and turns." Final art not seen by PW. Ages 7-11. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.