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This book is a contemporary fiction as it has believable characters in real life situations, but also has the element of powers and "savvy." This is about the next kid in the Beaumont family named Gypsy who's power is to stop time. She finds out that her grandmother is coming to live with them and she ends up stopping time and also "switching" the families powers so her mother's power switches and her little brother gets his power to grow into the size of a house early. This book does not have illustrations but is very well written and I would use this to read aloud to the class or have in a 5th-7th-grade classroom for fun reading in silent time or for a kid to check out. I do not know how I would use this in an actual lesson. ( )
  hdalesky15 | Feb 27, 2017 |
Gypsy Beaumont just turned 13 and like her other family members before her, she discovers a special talent or "savvy" - hers is seeing someone's future or past when she looks at them without her glasses. But when her grandmother from the non-savvy side gets Alzheimer's and her family has to take her in, Gypsy's and her family's savvies suddenly "switch" to something else. They're going to have to get used to lots of changes, and Gypsy herself is concerned with stopping one of the last visions of the future she saw: her grandmother falling off a clock tower and only Gypsy's arm reaching out to save her.

Each of the books in the Beaumont books takes a tall tale but has a simple, applicable moral. This one is "be yourself." Accept yourself. Accept others. As a kid, I probably would've loved the story. As an adult, I found it a nice story but a little simplistic and possibly I just read it too close to Scumble. The first book, Savvy, was the best of the bunch in my opinion. ( )
  bell7 | Nov 9, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0803738625, Hardcover)

Ingrid Law delivers another heartwarming story about the magic of friendship and the power of family in this companion to her Newbery Honor winning Savvy

Gypsy Beaumont has always been a whirly-twirly free spirit, so as her thirteenth birthday approaches, she hopes to get a magical ability that will let her fly, or dance up to the stars. Instead, she wakes up on her birthday with blurry vision . . . and starts seeing flashes of the future and past. But when Momma and Poppa announce that her very un-magical, downright mean Grandma Pat has Alzheimer’s and is going to move in with them, Gypsy’s savvy—along with her family’s—suddenly becomes its opposite. Now it’s savvy mayhem as Gypsy starts freezing time, and no one could have predicted what would happen on their trip to bring Grandma Pat home  . . . not even Gypsy.
 
With her trademark style and whimsical, beautiful language, Ingrid Law has written another wonderfully moving companion to her Newbery Honor winning Savvy.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 30 Jul 2015 08:09:42 -0400)

"Gypsy Beaumont's magical savvy switches to its opposite when she learns that her mean and decidedly non-magical grandma has Alzheimer's and is going to move in with her family"--

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