January 04, 2019

#BookReview: The Becket List (A Blackberry Farm Story, #1) by Adele Griffin

Title: The Becket List (A Blackberry Farm Story, #1) 
Author: Adele Griffin
Genres: Middle Grade

Hardcover208 pages

Expected publication: April 2nd 2019 by Algonquin Young Readers

Synopsis:  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.
 


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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. 






Review

“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 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



My Review: This was such a cute little read and my daughter loved it.  This was a light and funny story about leaning new ways to live and dealing with changes.  This one was all about finding your place, family, and new friends. Aswell as learning to let go.  Becuase some friendships are not meant to last forever.  



Go Into This One Knowing: Friends, Family, and Changes 
 








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