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Savvy (original 2008; edition 2010)

by Ingrid Law

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Member:JessicaABaker
Title:Savvy
Authors:Ingrid Law
Info:Puffin (2010), Paperback, 368 pages
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Rating:*****
Tags:children's novel

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Savvy by Ingrid Law (2008)

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Savvy features Mibs Beaumont and her family, who have unique abilities called savvies, which they come into on their thirteenth birthday. Mibs' mother has a savvy for doing things right, her brothers can disrupt electricity and cause hurricanes, and her grandfather can stretch land. It is two days before Mibs' thirteenth birthday and she can't wait for her savvy to arrive - but then her father is in a horrible accident, and her previous concerns seem irrelevant.

Law is a good writer with her whimsical turns of phrase and her well drawn characters. Although the book takes place over the span of less than a week, Mibs learns a lot - that people's outward actions and how they feel inside can be very different, that some people don't want to be helped, that bad things happen for a good reason sometimes. She also makes friends and bonds with her family even more.

This book is aimed at a middle-grade audience and although it was good, I found it a bit simplistic. I don't think this this is only because it's a middle grade - I recently read and loved Alcatraz versus the Evil Librarians (Alcatraz, No. 1), another kids' book with a first person perspective about people with strange powers, but that was by Brandon Sanderson and had a very self aware protagonist and a clever worldwide conspiracy. Savvy is a gentler, more personal book about a girl starting to grow up.

I would definitely recommend Savvy for young readers, but I won't be prioritising reading the sequel. ( )
  kgodey | Apr 11, 2017 |
This book was a wonderful coming of age story. It followed 13-year-old Missisippi, who finds out how to control her newfound powers. She travels to see her father and on the way encounters many fun and scary people and males a lot of new friends and life experiences. She learns that sometimes what she thinks makes her unlovable or weird can be her greatest strength and asset. Her power (savvy) that she uses throughout the story is that she can hear the thoughts and stories through the tattoos on a person's skin, and they come to life. ( )
  hdalesky15 | Feb 20, 2017 |
During a time where science fiction and dystopian novels fill libraries and reading lists it is hard to find a book as wit full and intriguing as 'Savvy' by Ingrid Law.this book is part of three part series with the the names Savvy,Scumble, and Switch. This book was published in 2008 and only a year later got a newberry medal of honor. Although many fantasy books are either too realistic or too whimsical that they should only be in a movie Law combines the two to make a perfect delicacy in the literature world.
This book begins with the almost 13 year old Mississippi (Mibs) Beaumont and her family. Unlike most other families , the Beaumont's get a random special talent around the age of 13. These talents, or savvys , can range from jumping back in time whenever you sneeze to controlling weather conditions around you and your town. About a week before her birthday Mibs dad gets into terrible car crash and has to be sent to urgent care in Salina , Kansas which is many miles away. While her mom and older brother Rocket go and stay with the dad, the rest of the Beaumonts have to get mentally and physically prepared for a supposed to be secretive savvy birthday. This is shown in the quote ,"You can never really tell when a bad thing might make a good thing happen, I realized that good and bad were always there and always mixed up in a tangle." This is a good quote because it shows that the birthday didn't turn out well, but in such an interesting world she wouldn't know the outcome of the situation until it is already there.
Although this seems like it is just another coming of age novel riddled with subtle amounts of love, regrets, and feelings of false leadership, it really conveys an excellent theme and the storyline flows wonderfully. The plot was planned perfectly and has a great context that shows many important parts of fitting into society.
After Mibs,her brothers(Fisher and Samson), and the pastor's children sneak onto a bus wrongfully assuming they can save the dad and the next direction of the bus.Once the kids come out of hiding in the back of the bus they meet the delivery man Lester and learn many things about life from him and his lover Lill. While they are “out of town” the kids go to many places in Lesters route including the bosses office, a run down hotel and Lill’s job. All these are important places in the text because they create a serene yet realistic environment with many supporting characters that help the story get along in spots that might make you want to lose interest. The lessons learned along with the backstories of each character help advance the plot wonderfully and create a whole new apex in in the literature.
Even with a depleting support for new fantasy novels, the ‘Savvy’ series is sure to bring many old and new faces to this genre. Law has created a world much like our own but also quite different, this opened many minds to a more realistic type of fantasy and creativity which gives lots of room to Law to create a new storyline with a whole nother story. All and all this book has a few dull parts and hard to follow areas it is a great time and will give you many new outlooks on life. ( )
  SombreroMan | Feb 14, 2017 |
Ingrid Law is another author who visited our school the year that her book received a Newbery Honor Medal. In this first of three books in the series, Mibs Beaumont is about to turn 13 and discover what her "savvy" might be... She comes from a family with powerful savvies. Her grandfather can move the earth; her brother, Fish, can control the weather; another brother, Rocket, can create electricity. Just before her birthday, her father is in a terrible accident. All Mibs wants to do now, is find a savvy that can cure her dad. Along the way, she meets an unusual group of characters and hitches a wild ride to the hospital on a pink bus! Mibs struggles with the things that many preteens struggle with... self esteem and family relationships. Law's style of writing is engaging, using wonderful descriptions, yet moving the plot along--suspenseful chapter endings that keep you reading. I recommend this book to better third grade readers through fifth grade. I think that this is the best book of the series, but recommend the others to avid Savvy lovers. This book is a great read for a discussion about an individual's gifts and finding yourself. ( )
  RLeiphart | Feb 5, 2017 |
I have had this book on my “to be read” pile for quite a while and I was excited to finally get the chance to read it. This is a well done middle grade fantasy book with a heavy dose of magical realism. It was well written and engaging and I enjoyed it.

I loved the family dynamics in this book and the magical ability of the Beaumont family and their Savvy powers. It was interesting to see how their Savvies affected their lives and how they interacted with other kids and people.

There is a lot in this book about being on that cusp between kid and teenager. Mib is just turning thirteen and struggling with the things she loves and thinking they are too childish. In addition to the normal aches and pains of entering her teenage years she also has to deal with getting a sort of magical power.

This is one of those middle grade books that I think adults will enjoy a lot because it deals with issues of family and relationships and dreams. However I am honestly not sure how much middle grade kids will enjoy it. I started reading it with my nine year old son and he thought it was “boring”. So this might be one of those middle grade books that adults enjoy more than kids. Or maybe it is just more well suited for older middle grade kids; kids going into their teens.

Overall the story was very engaging and a fast read. I ended up enjoying it a lot and was really sucked into the story and characters. I will probably check out the next two books in the series at some point. I would recommend to those who enjoy middle grade books with a heavy dose of magical realism that deal with family and coming-of-age. ( )
  krau0098 | Dec 26, 2016 |
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During a time where science fiction and dystopian novels fill libraries and reading lists it is hard to find a book as wit full and intriguing as 'Savvy' by Ingrid Law.this book is part of three part series with the the names Savvy,Scumble, and Switch. This book was published in 2008 and only a year later got a newberry medal of honor. Although many fantasy books are either too realistic or too whimsical that they should only be in a movie Law combines the two to make a perfect delicacy in the literature world.
This book begins with the almost 13 year old Mississippi (Mibs) Beaumont and her family. Unlike most other families , the Beaumont's get a random special talent around the age of 13. These talents, or savvys , can range from jumping back in time whenever you sneeze to controlling weather conditions around you and your town. About a week before her birthday Mibs dad gets into terrible car crash and has to be sent to urgent care in Salina , Kansas which is many miles away. While her mom and older brother Rocket go and stay with the dad, the rest of the Beaumonts have to get mentally and physically prepared for a supposed to be secretive savvy birthday. This is shown in the quote ,"You can never really tell when a bad thing might make a good thing happen, I realized that good and bad were always there and always mixed up in a tangle." This is a good quote because it shows that the birthday didn't turn out well, but in such an interesting world she wouldn't know the outcome of the situation until it is already there.
Although this seems like it is just another coming of age novel riddled with subtle amounts of love, regrets, and feelings of false leadership, it really conveys an excellent theme and the storyline flows wonderfully. The plot was planned perfectly and has a great context that shows many important parts of fitting into society.
After Mibs,her brothers(Fisher and Samson), and the pastor's children sneak onto a bus wrongfully assuming they can save the dad and the next direction of the bus.Once the kids come out of hiding in the back of the bus they meet the delivery man Lester and learn many things about life from him and his lover Lill. While they are “out of town” the kids go to many places in Lesters route including the bosses office, a run down hotel and Lill’s job. All these are important places in the text because they create a serene yet realistic environment with many supporting characters that help the story get along in spots that might make you want to lose interest. The lessons learned along with the backstories of each character help advance the plot wonderfully and create a whole new apex in in the literature.
Even with a depleting support for new fantasy novels, the ‘Savvy’ series is sure to bring many old and new faces to this genre. Law has created a world much like our own but also quite different, this opened many minds to a more realistic type of fantasy and creativity which gives lots of room to Law to create a new storyline with a whole nother story. All and all this book has a few dull parts and hard to follow areas it is a great time and will give you many new outlooks on life
 
This book was a wonderful coming of age story. It followed 13-year-old Missisippi, who finds out how to control her newfound powers. She travels to see her father and on the way encounters many fun and scary people and males a lot of new friends and life experiences. She learns that sometimes what she thinks makes her unlovable or weird can be her greatest strength and asset. Her power (savvy) that she uses throughout the story is that she can hear the thoughts and stories through the tattoos on a person's skin, and they come to life.
 

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(from the inside jacket flap) Mibs Beaumont is about to become a teenager. As if that prospect weren't scary enough, thirteen is when a Beaumont's savvy strikes -- and with one brother who causes hurricanes and another who creates electricity, it promises to be outrageous ... and positively thrilling. But Just before her big day, Poppa is in a terrible accident. Suddenly, Mibs's dreams of X-ray vision disappear like a flash of her brother's lightning: All she wants now is a savvy that will save Poppa. In fact, Mibs is so sure she'll get that powerful savvy that she sneaks a ride to the hospital on a rickety bus, with her siblings and the preacher's kids in tow. But when the bus starts heading in the wrong direction only one thing is certain: After this extraordinary adventure, not a soul on board will ever be the same.
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Recounts the adventures of Mibs Beaumont, whose thirteenth birthday has revealed her "savvy"--a magical power unique to each member of her family--just as her father is injured in a terrible accident.

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