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Savvy (original 2008; edition 2010)

by Ingrid Law

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Title:Savvy
Authors:Ingrid Law
Info:Puffin (2010), Paperback, 368 pages
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Savvy by Ingrid Law (2008)

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This book was a fun read. It is very different from the other books I have encountered. I think something that made this book great, was that it was written from Mibs perspective. The child's view is always more entertaining to me than and adults. I think something that caught my attention was how Mibs thought Lill was an angel. But not her own angel, Lester's angel. She could tell that they were meant for each other. I also really liked how the author seemed to make lateness, Lill's savvy. She was really good at being late to work and into Lester's life. Also, the story was very clever. I thought when the turtle and the father were not awake, that Mibs savvy would be waking things up. The morning of her birthday led to that belief. Although, everything changed, and that was not Mibs savvy, her real savvy ended up helping her family in the end. I think the big message of this story was the support that family gives. When Fish, Samson, and Mibs were off on their adventure, the amount of support that Fish gave to Mibs, without knowing her savvy yet, really showed that he had an understanding of her, and wanted to protect her. ( )
  AudreyLast | Apr 20, 2015 |
I found this adorable and hilarious, with just enough wisdom to make it memorable. Another one I'd never have found except for goodreads members, so thank you! ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Apr 14, 2015 |
Savvy is a veyr well written story about a family who possesses special powers. The protagonist is just learning what her special talent is and she is hoping she will be able to use her gift to help her father who has recently been injured in a car accident. This book follows 5 memorable characters on a fluke road trip across the country. They are struggling to get along, struggling to manage their powers and their relationships, and struggling to make it to the hospital before it is too late. This is another excellent book for both intermediate and young adult readers. A great story for students who enjoy magic, adventure, and romance. ( )
  mmeharvey | Apr 6, 2015 |
Savvy is told from Mibs who like the rest of her family gains a "savvy" or power when she turns thirteen. Unfortunately the day before her birthday, her father gets into a car accident and falls into a coma. Mibs, accompanied by her brothers and family friends, takes the journey to the hospital in Salina in belief that her savvy is the only way to wake her father. The descriptive language and short chapters made this 342 page book into a quick read.

I enjoyed the descriptions the author used to really paint the picture of every detail in the story. For example, she describes the way Samson looked at Lill as "the way the animals look back at you when you are watching them at the zoo" (p.145). Anyone who has been to the zoo knows exactly what look the author is talking about and can easily see this look on Samson's face from this sentence. The author uses this language throughout the book to keep putting these mental images in the readers mind as the story progresses.

I also enjoyed the suspenseful plot as the reader anxiously awaits to find out what exactly Mibs' savvy is, and whether or not it'll be able to wake her father up. The author leaves hints at what her savvy may be by sharing the voices of tattoos that Mibs begins to hear, but keeps the reader believing it may be more as Mibs deeply believes it will be. The big idea is family and friendship as the reader follows Mibs on this crazy journey, she learns more about her family, friends, and herself. Also, by the end, Mibs finds that there is so much more to her than her savvy, which is why I believe the big idea is also don't judge a book by it's cover. ( )
  KendraEscalona | Nov 17, 2014 |
This chapter book was cute and enjoyable to read. The language used was very childish and descriptive. The story was also very eye opening to understanding how everyone has something that makes him or her unique. Throughout the story the little girl goes on an adventure with her brothers and two friends from the church to try and get to her father. She, on her 13th birthday, is gifted with the ability to hear others thoughts and then act upon them. However the little girl is confused at first thinking her new gift is able to awake people as well. With that in mind she goes on a journey through Kansas to get to her dad and try and wake him up form his coma. The stories dramatic and descriptive language helps to move the story along. An example would be when the children see the “Warning; MISSING CHILDREN” on the television and then their adamant tries to keep the adults from seeing it until they arrive at the hospital. The thoughts about how everyone is different are shown within this novel since the little girl and her family has special gifts. She can read peoples minds and her brothers can control water and electricity. The big idea about this story is that everyone is unique and/or that family is important. ( )
  MelynnReadmond | Nov 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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