Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Could You Handle Your Savvy?

Being special is something the Beaumont family knows all about. Their family has been keeping a magical secret for years. If folks knew about the odd talents they each possessed either they wouldn’t believe their eyes or they would lock them up for being crazy. That is why when Mississippi Beaumont, better known as Mibs, is about to turn thirteen she is both thrilled and scared. After all, thirteen is the age that the Beaumont’s supernatural powers surface, and one never knows what that will entail. Grandpa Bomba can move mountains, her brother, Rocket, is capable of creating electric storms, and her brother, Fish, can create winds like a hurricane. What will Mibs be able to do? As she wonders and worries her mom is finishing the birthday party preparations so everything will be just so on the special day. When her father is involved in a terrible accident the night before the party, Mibs can think of nothing else besides getting to the hospital to make sure that her dad is alright. Unfortunately, her mom and brother have left her at home and she ends up at a birthday party run by the pastor’s wife, Miss Rosemary. Instead of being happy, the festivities only make Mibs more on edge that her savvy will show up in front of a whole bunch of people, making a scene. Sneaking out of the church party, she hops into the back of a salesman’s bus. Mibs thinks she has come up with the perfect plan to get to her father, but her plan is thrown off track when the bus heads in the opposite direction. She is accompanied by unexpected and unwanted guests. Will Mibs make it to the hospital to see her dad? When her savvy reveals itself, will she be able to control it? You will have to read this book to find out where the bus takes them and what Mib’s savvy is when it comes.

I think anyone who has ever dreamed of having a special gift or talent will enjoy Savvy by Ingrid Law. In a way, getting your savvy has to do with finding out a way that makes you unique from everyone else around you. We are all special, and a savvy is just an extension of that quality. The book is filled with interesting characters and the main character, Mibs, is someone I could easily relate to for a variety of reasons. She feels a bit out of place with some of her classmates because her family is different, which I think many kids can identify with. Mibs likes to spend time with her quirky family and their interactions will make you laugh. Reading about her family will keep you entertained and I am sure you will wonder what your savvy would be, if you were lucky enough to get one. Would you be able to fly? Read minds? Move objects at will? The possibilities are endless! This is a great book for people 9 and up to enjoy. Take a journey with the Beaumonts and imagine a world where anything is possible.

Has anyone else read Savvy by Ingrid Law? Or another book by this author? What did you think?
Happy Reading! ~L

22 comments:

  1. I've read Savvy and loved it! It's also very popular at the elementary school library where I volunteer. It's paranormal for the younger set! I haven't had a chance to read Scumble, the next one in the series.

    Mary, A Book A Day

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    1. It is a great book! I just finished Scumble- about Mibs's cousin. Another interesting story and you learn about even more savvy people!

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  2. I love your thoughts about this...I even have this book!!!

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    1. Yeah! I absolutely love the cover. I could look at it for hours. :)

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  3. Soundslike something my youngest reader would love!

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  4. Yes, I read it. It made me cry if I remember correctly. I still have to read the next one.

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    1. There are some touching spots in the book. Scumble was good, too! It is from a 13 year old boy's POV- so it is fun to see things from that perspective!

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  5. Sounds like a great book. I'm still a kid at heart, am guilty of reading some of the younger stuff from time to time.

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    1. I agree with you that it is fun to read books for all different ages. It is amazing how the writing can bring you right back to a certain age. :) ~Stephanie

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  6. Wonderful concept for a YA novel, empowering kids with a sense of uniqueness and power rather than strangeness.

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    1. Hi Cate- You hit the nail on the head! :) That is what I love about this book- it twists the lens. ~L

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  7. I love the cover and the story sounds intriguing, another for the TBR pile.

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    1. Barbara- The cover is so beautiful. I love the colors and the style. It is a great book! ~L

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  8. Savvy lives on my TBR list. I am enchanted by the cover, and the concept sounds like a must have for my classroom library. BTW Thank you for all the wonderful comments you leave on my blog. xo

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    1. Leslie- The cover drew me to this book right away! It is also available on audio- which could save you some time. :) You are welcome- we always have fun visiting your blog.

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  9. Love the cover so creative and colorful. I like the idea of a book exploring the uniqueness of everyone, certainly a great message. I love co,ing over here and seeing all the middle grade books you ladies profile each week.

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    1. Heidi- I agree! The cover is so fascinating! I am glad you are enjoying our sight and the MG books we profile. Yeah! :) ~F

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  10. The cover looks great. I was introduced to a new student yesterday and I know she'd love to read this! Thanks for sharing 'Savvy!'

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    1. Claudine- How cool that you know someone who might enjoy this book. I love the word Savvy! :) ~F

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  11. I've not read it, but what a fun book. I love paranormal that's not real gory. Sure sounds like a fun read.

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    1. Donna- It is fun and it isn't gory at all. :) ~F

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