The Becket List: A Blackberry Farm Story
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.
This is perfect for young readers who are starting to get interested in chapter books. Becket is ten, and the facets of the book are perfect for readers that age and younger-- the way friendships are formed and maintained, her playing with toys, and the way she interacts with her sister, who is going in to 7th grade.
For sensitive souls, I feel I should mention that Becket's dog, Mr. Fancypants, is 14. You know how this ends.
Hand to readers who enjoyed Jones' Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer, Enright's classic Thimble Summer, or series that feature elementary students and their dramas, like Ivy and Bean, Judy Moody, or Amber Brown.