Monday, January 24, 2011

Review: Savvy by Ingrid Law

Extra special fun!  I highly recommend this delightful book to all Middle Grade readers!

Don't call it 'magic'.  Don't call them 'powers' or 'abilities'.  The Beaumont family has SAVVY. 

"We Beaumonts are just like other people...we get born, and sometime later we die.  And in between, we're happy and sad, we feel love and we feel fear, we eat and we sleep and we hurt like everyone else...And...we've just got know-how of a different flavor."

Mibs Beaumont is about to turn 13, the magical age where people in her family come to learn which Savvy they have.  Grandpa Bomba can move mountains.  Her brother, Fish, can create hurricanes.  It takes time to scumble, or tame, a savvy, so a 13th birthday is usually a quiet affair with no outsiders.  It also means the beginning of home schooling, in case you get a savvy like Mibs's brother, Rocket, who still can't quite scumble his electric savvy.

Unfortunately, Mibs's birthday comes with sad news.  A few days before her birthday, Poppa gets into a car accident and is seriously injured.  When Mibs wakes up on her 13th birthday, she is convinced that she can wake up Poppa from his nightmare and bring him home to everyone.  So, she stows away on a bible delivery bus...but she's not alone...and they aren't going in the right direction!

What follows is an adventure full of excitement, friendship, and fun. 

The Beaumont family's savvy is not necessarily what brings them together - it's their love, patience and support of one another as they each learn how to scumble their savvy and get through the ups and downs of growing up. 

Even the most unlikable characters in this book are a joy to discover.  I'm shocked that this book hasn't been made into a movie yet! 

Savvy is already high up on my recommendations list - I just spent the afternoon chatting about this book with a 3rd grader who loves to read.  She's excited to read it...and what's better than that?

Book Extras:
Author Ingrid Law: Website
Ingrid Law's Blog
Official Savvy minisite
Teacher's Guide
Penguin's Savvy page - excerpts, audio clips, reading group guide

Book Trailer:

About the Book:
Savvy by Ingrid Law
Reading level: Ages 9-12

Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Puffin (March 23, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0142414336
ISBN-13: 978-0142414330

About the Author:
2009 Newbery Honor winner INGRID LAW is the New York Times Bestselling author of Savvy and its new companion novel, Scumble. Ingrid is a fan of words and stories, small towns and big ideas. Born in New York, Ingrid's family moved to Colorado when she was six years old. Ingrid still lives in the West, but now has a teenage daughter and an imaginary pet cat, and is trying her hardest to keep at least one plant alive as she works on new stories and adventures.


bermudaonion said...

It is so much fun to chat with a young reader! I need to look for this book.

Shelley said...

I read this out loud to my daughters and we all loved it!

Julie said...

One of my favorite books! I can't wait to read the sequel.

Renee said...

My kids and I really enjoyed this book! Great review.

Anonymous said...

I've only heard really good things about this book and will probably sit down to read it with my eight year old sometime soon. Thanks for the review! Stephanie @

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