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Savvy Hardcover – Deckle Edge, May 1, 2008
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Grade 4–7—Mississippi Beaumont ("Mibs" for short) simply cannot wait for her 13th birthday. There's the allure of finally becoming a teenager, of course, but in the Beaumont family, 13 is when family members get their "savvy," or unworldly power. For Mibs's older brother Fish, it's control over the elements, and for her mother it's the ability to do everything perfectly. Unfortunately, Mibs's excitement is cut short when her father is injured in a car accident. Convinced that her new powers will be able to save her Poppa, she and some new friends climb aboard a bus toting pink bibles on her birthday, in the hopes of getting to the hospital. Instead they find themselves headed in the wrong direction with the cops looking for them, Mibs's powerful brother seriously angry, and the son of a preacher man she has a crush on coming dangerously close to figuring out the Beaumonts' secret. Mibs's real savvy isn't what she expected, and neither are her traveling companions. Though the story never lives up to the brilliance of its opening chapter, Law has a feel for characters and language that is matched by few. With its delightful premise and lively adventure, this book will please a wide variety of audiences, not just fantasy fans. Definitely an author to watch.—Elizabeth Bird, New York Public Library
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*Starred Review* Upon turning 13, each member of the Beaumont family develops a supernatural ability, or “savvy, ” which must then be tamed. Well aware of the problems savvys can bring (the family had to relocate when one child had difficulty controlling his storm-producing savvy), 12-year-old Mississippi (Mibs) awaits her birthday eagerly but with a bit of trepidation. Then Poppa is seriously injured in an accident far away, and Momma goes to his side, leaving Mibs and the rest of the family to cope with Mibs’ 13th birthday on their own. Initially believing that her savvy is the ability to restore life, Mibs sets her course for Poppa. Joined by her brothers and the local preacher’s kids, she sweet talks her way onto a traveling Bible salesman’s bus. On the journey, however, Mibs realizes her savvy isn’t what she thought, which opens the way for a number of lively adventures both geographic and emotional. Law’s storytelling is rollicking, her language imaginative, and her entire cast of whacky, yet believable characters delightful. Readers will want more from Law; her first book is both wholly engaging and lots of fun. Grades 5-7. --Francisca Goldsmith
Top customer reviews
Mibs and her family all receive a "power" on their 13th birthday. This power is called their Savvy. These powers can range from the all mighty to the subtle. A few days Mibs father is in a serious car accident and is taken to a distant hospital for care.
The morning of her 13th birthday she discovers that her Savvy is waking things up. With this new found power she sets out to awake her father at any costs only to find out her power might not be what it seems.
The books time period seems to be in the 50's where moms were still Suzie Homemaker moms and church had an edge of snob to it. It is also written in 1st person and some of the words Mibs uses are very creative and fun.
This book was quick to get to the plot going and carried well throughout the whole book straight to its almost tearful conclusion. It reminded me a bit of X-Men with the powers but at the same time unique enough to not draw conclusions.
Some of the other family members powers are really unique and interesting once thought about.
This is a really short book and it's a fun ride while reading it. Later this month the second installment of this book comes out and I anxiously await its arrival. Ingrid Law definitely deserved the award for this book because of its unique characters, time setting, creativity and heartwarming story. If you have a few hours check this book out. Its worth the time.
This is a "learn to accept yourself" tale, with perhaps an unusually sad slant of the inevitable unfairness of life. All the more memorable for being grounded in the realities that life can bring.