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Savvy by Ingrid Law

Savvy (original 2008; edition 2010)

by Ingrid Law

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Authors:Ingrid Law
Info:Puffin (2010), Paperback, 368 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:Newbery, Fantasy, Responsibility

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Savvy by Ingrid Law (2008)

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  mshampson | Oct 15, 2014 |
Wonderful fantasy novel for intermediate-middle school age kids. Full of figurative language and descriptions. The characters are unique and lovable! Great read! ( )
  rachelmuegge | Jul 23, 2014 |
An easy-to-read, delightful tale about the magic that exists in each one of us -- though in this book it is about the savvy of one particular family and of each family member as upon reaching adolescence. The underlying essence of the tale is that everyone has a gift, a talent, a (positive) particularity that is YOU -- and how that changes and affects everyone that comes in contact with us. ( )
  MomsterBookworm | Jul 14, 2014 |
The book “Savvy” by Ingrid Law is an intriguing look into the life of a special family known as the Beaumont’s. When Mibs turns thirteen, she will receive power the called “Savvy.” Before her birthday even happens, her dad is in a bad car accident. While at her thirteen birthday party the preacher’s wife has for Mibs, finds out what her Savvy is and runs away to get to the hospital to try and wake up her father. She gets on bus that she thinks is going to Salina where she can help her father.
When Mibs gets on the bus, a boy named Will JR joins her which causes his sister to get on the bus Mib’s brother Fish to get on the bus. They are all on the bus and hide when the Bible salesman comes on get on his bus. This is where the adventure beins. Fish learns how to control his “Savvy” and Mibs learns secret about the people on the bus.
Mibs is narrator of the story which is told in first person. Mibs is also the protagonist of the story. We watch as the character grows older and grows emotionally, too. The story takes place in modern times in Nebraska/Kansans. It is also a coming of age story. Mibs character struggles between being a child and becoming a young lady. I enjoyed reading the book and could not wait to see what would happen next. It is a fast paced book. I think students could relate to the different characters in the book. I would use this book in my classroom.
I would have the student think of a “Savvy” they would like to have and explain why they chose that one. I would also have students write a paper on what character they could relate to best.
  embarnes | Jul 5, 2014 |
This book was absolutely spectacular. One thing I loved about this book was the character development. Mibs starts out as a little girl, controlled by everything and everyone around her. Her life revolved around getting her savvy. She was tormented by the girls at her school, and she was constantly in the shadow of her older brothers. By the end of the story, Mibs was a strong young lady who knew how to distinguish between her inner voice and the voices of others. Her older brother, Fish, also had some amazing character development. He starts off terrified of his abilities, becoming worried and anxious anytime he is around water. By the end of the book, he is very much in control of himself and his savvy. Deeper than that, though, this shows Fish's emotional self control. Savvy is just a metaphor for each character's emotions; this is clear because the savvies act up whenever the characters are heightened emotionally. The character development in this book is just phenomenal.
Another reason I adored this book was the way it was written. Ingrid Law utilized some ridiculous words that perfectly complemented the book such as "flibbertygibbety", "soggy boggy", and "ragged-jagged". These fun filled words truly add a sense of wonder to this amazing book.
The main idea of this book is to always love yourself for who you are, and that is demonstrated in each character of this book. ( )
  lmalak1 | Jun 17, 2014 |
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When my brother Fish turned thirteen, we moved to the deepest part of inland because of the hurricane and, of course, the fact that he'd caused it.
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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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