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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; Reprint edition (August 9, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142419621
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142419625
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1.1 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 5–7—The Beaumont family is unique. When they turn 13, they develop savvy—an unusual talent or power. IN Ingrid Law's sequel (2010) to Savvy (2008, both Dial), it's been nine years since Mib discovered her savvy, and her cousin Ledge is keeping her troubled tale in mind as he approaches his own 13th birthday. Dreams of a great running career are quickly dashed when the day comes and Ledge discovers his talent…for breaking things. Though Ledge's savvy is problematic, the family decides to head out west for a family gathering anyway, a decision they regret when Ledge manages to destroy the wedding. Ledge's parents decide to leave him on the remote ranch for the summer, hoping that he'll learn to scumble (control) his talent. As the boy's talent continues to spiral out of control, he also accidentally exposes himself to the biggest mouth in town, Sarah Jane Cabot. David Kremenitzer brings Ledger's voice to life, giving listeners both moments of great levity and strong sympathy as his life tumbles around him. Ledge's highly emotional tones are balanced with the soothing western keel of his Uncle Autry and his even toned, calming father. Although this lyrically paced story about a teen learning to love himself, hidden talents and all, can stand on it's own, it's best suited for library collections already circulating Savvy.—Jessica Miller, New Britain Public Library, CT
(c) Copyright 2011.  Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist

*Starred Review* This companion to Newbery Honor Book Savvy (2008) provides the same high level of satisfying plot, delightful characters, alliterative language, and rich imagery. In this story, Ledger Kale’s thirteenth birthday arrives with the traditional family inheritance of a particular “savvy”—a power unique to each individual, who must then learn how to manage his or her new talent. At first it seems that Ledge’s savvy is one for destruction: “I could blow stuff apart without a touch, dismantling small things in bursts of parts and pieces: a light switch here, a doorknob there, garage door opener, can opener, Dad’s stop watch, his electric nose-hair trimmer too.” But during a summer visit to the Flying Cattleheart, Uncle Autry’s Wyoming ranch, Ledge learns to tame, train, and deploy his power to good ends as he struggles against 13-year-old Sarah Jane Cabot, an aspiring reporter looking to expose the family’s secrets, whose businessman father is trying to foreclose on the ranch. Other characters include Ledge’s safety-slogan-spouting seven-year-old sister Fedora, levitating twin cousins, and Grandpa Bomba, who is comforted in his last days by sweet music, preserved in old peanut-butter jars, from his long-dead wife. While adult readers will see this all as a beautiful conceptualization of the drama and metamorphosis of adolescence, younger readers will delight in the tall-tale tropes and Ledge’s authentic physical, emotional, and artistic challenges. Grades 5-8. --Francisca Goldsmith --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

2009 Newbery Honor winner, INGRID LAW, is the New York Times Bestselling author of Savvy, Scumble, and the latest companion in the magical 'savvy' collection: Switch. A fan of words and stories, small towns and big ideas, Ingrid lives at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, in Colorado.

Customer Reviews

I would recommend this book for readers of all ages.
Cindy Nickelson
While Savvy was a great book this one made me feel more connected to the characters.
Aaron Lee
The best book of the series for Ingrid Law, and sequal for Savvy.
Leo Nelson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By J.Prather TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 5, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This author must have a Savvy for writing great children's books, as once again she offers up a great story that combines all the elements of realistic fiction with a dab of fantasy all wrapped up in a huge amount of heart. I loved Savvy and this is an excellent companion, although they both do well as stand alone works. Once again, Law has created a character that every youngster age 9 to 14 can easily relate to. Ledger has been waiting a long time to get his Savvy, and on his 13th birthday he is fully expecting something terrific. Above all, he doesn't want to disappoint his father, who dreams of Ledge becoming the world's fastest runner. Well, things don't really work out that way, and Ledge finds himself spending the summer at his uncle's farm trying to learn how to "scumble" this strange new power. Ledge's search for balance in his life makes for a truly unique coming of age story.

This book has tons of humor and also some gut wrenching moments as Ledge figures out how to literally put himself back together, help save his Uncle's farm, and say goodbye to a much beloved grandfather. This is not a book that relies on lots of action, although there is some to be had. What keeps these pages turning are all the wonderful characters and the odd situations in which Ledge keeps finding himself. This is a solid recommend for elementary and middle school readers who like their stories told with a hint of whimsy, a lot of fun, and maybe even a tear or two.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Yana V. Rodgers on January 2, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Ledger Kale belonged to a family with an unusual secret: whenever someone turned thirteen years old, they would begin to exhibit some special talent or power. As a runner, Ledge dreamed his thirteenth birthday would bring extraordinary speed to his running, but he had no such luck. Instead, he gained an uncontrollable ability to disassemble mechanical appliances, gadgets, and fixtures. The more agitated and confused he became, the worse the damage.

After visiting Uncle Autry's Wyoming ranch for a family wedding, Ledge's parents decided it might be better all around if mom and dad were to return home to their jobs while Ledge stayed out of harm's way in a gadget-free dwelling on his uncle's property. Little did they realize the quandaries that Ledge would get himself into, including several altercations with the town's most powerful property owner. Mr. Noble Cabot was forcing local business owners left and right to go into foreclosure, and his next target was Uncle Autry's ranch. Adding to the complications, Mr. Cabot had a disengagingly charming daughter who seemed to set off Ledge's destructive savvy in unpredictable ways.

This companion novel to Ingrid Law's prize winning Savvy incorporates an interesting set of economics lessons related to property rights, foreclosure, and entrepreneurship. Gaining familiarity with all the characters can take a little time, but after doing so the reader is in for an enjoyable mix of humor, adventure, and family drama.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Cathe VINE VOICE on October 1, 2010
Format: Hardcover
My daughters and I loved Savvy and were excited about Law's new book Scumble. I had a hard time sticking this with this one though. I found it hard to empathize with the main character, Ledge. His poor me, everything I do is wrong, everybody hates me act that went on chapter after chapter felt tedious after a while. The book picked up toward the end and had an exciting conclusion, but I wish the road to get there had been a little more compelling.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KidsReads on September 27, 2010
Format: Hardcover
A "savvy" is an extraordinary, unique, out-of-this-world, unbelievable talent that goes beyond a person's wildest imagination --- almost like a superpower. Receiving a savvy on one's 13th birthday is something that runs in certain families. Mibs Beaumont experienced quite an adventure when her savvy appeared. She can hear a person's thoughts if they have any type of writing on their skin, from a tattoo to an ink smudge. Nine years have passed since Mibs survived her 13th, and now it is her cousin's turn.

Ledger Kale has high hopes for his upcoming 13th birthday and the discovery of his savvy. His dad is positive that Ledge will achieve massive speed, which would make winning their upcoming father/son half-marathon a definite. And Ledge is all for making his dad proud. But savvys rarely satisfy expectations, and Ledge couldn't be more disappointed when he learns that his savvy is the ability to shatter things into pieces. It certainly adds a challenge to their cross-country trip from Indiana to Wyoming for a family wedding when his savvy causes the muffler to fall off the car and a tire to drop off and bounce down the highway.

Ledge is so frustrated and extremely nervous with his lack of control; the savvy creeps up on him and strikes like a lightning storm. Most of the family understands that learning control over one's savvy takes time, even years. Just ask Rocket Beaumont, who has been living at the Wyoming family ranch for a long time with his savvy for conducting his own electricity; Rocket doesn't trust himself in society, so he works on the secluded ranch. But when Ledge accidentally breaks apart the big barn housing the wedding reception, everyone agrees that it would be best if Ledge stays in Wyoming for a bit to adjust to his new savvy.
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