Monday, January 24, 2011
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?
Author Ingrid Law: Website
Ingrid Law's Blog
Official Savvy minisite
Penguin's Savvy page - excerpts, audio clips, reading group guide
About the Book:
Savvy by Ingrid Law
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Puffin (March 23, 2010)
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.