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The Becket List: A Blackberry Farm Story

The Becket List: A Blackberry Farm Story

Author: Adele Griffin     Illustrator: LeUyen Pham

Age Range – 7 to 11

Reviewer: Jeanette Perkins aka Beeba

You can take the girl out of the city, but can you take the city out of the girl? Rebecca Branch is moving to the country. Her Gran is in need of help on Blackberry Farm and in the family store. So the Branch family is pulling up roots and relocating.

Her brother and sister are none too happy about the change but Rebecca decides to embrace the situation. The first thing she does is announce that she will now be known at Becket. Next she writes a “Becket List” of how to become a country kid during her first summer on Blackberry Farm. Young readers will enjoy following Becket as she learns about farm animals, making new friends and opening your heart to new experiences even if they sometimes end in sadness.

Beautiful alert!

“Beautiful Alert!” is Becket’s new battle cry as she explores her new environment and all its wonders. City grands will get a taste of life on the farm and everyone will get a lesson in adapting to change with a positive attitude.


Adele GriffinAbout 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 PhamAbout the illustrator:

LeUyen Phamworked 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.


Beeba and Grands Mar 2019About the reviewer:

Jeanette Perkins is the grandmother of two adorable grandsons. She lives in beautiful St Pete Beach, FL. Jeanette is a product reviewer for GRAND and is looking forward to reviewing lots of new and useful products for all us grandparents.

If you have a product for boomer grandparents and or their grandkids, tell us all about it in an email to editor@grandmagazine.com.

Christine Crosby

About the author

Christine is the co-founder and editorial director for GRAND Magazine. She is the grandmother of five and great-grandmom (aka Grandmere) to one. She makes her home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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