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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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Tags:Newbery, Fantasy, Responsibility

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Savvy by Ingrid Law (2008)

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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 |
I really liked this book and thought it was really fun and exciting to read. The language was descriptive and the writing was clear and engaging. The book flowed and was paced well. The characters were believable and well developed. It was easy to connect and identify with the characters and relate to them, even though the book was modern fantasy. The were no illustrations in the book because it was a chapter book. The plot was clear, well paced, and full of conflict, resolution, and details. The big idea of the book is family and hard decisions. ( )
  smeyer8 | Nov 15, 2014 |
I had mixed feelings about this book after reading it. I liked that the book pushed readers to think about issues that may be tough. The reader can put themselves in Mibs’ shoes as she goes through the tough time of trying to figure out her savvy, while also living with the fact that her father is in a coma. A good example of this is when Mibs believes that her savvy is meant to be to save her father, but she finds that she was wrong and it is actually for something else. I did not like the writing of the story. I feel as though the book was engaging and interesting, but there was a lot going on which lead to some confusion. This may not be able to be prevented, but I think that a slowing down of pace may help readers to comprehend better because the text is indeed very engaging. Overall, the big idea is to never judge a book by its cover. By the end of the book, Mibs realizes that everyone has their own special features and that her savvy does not have to define who she really is. ( )
  AllisonStrait | Nov 14, 2014 |
Savvy takes a unique approach to the coming-of-age narrative that feels at once familiar and exotic and will appeal to readers who find themselves, like the book’s main character, approaching adulthood. Savvy follows Mibs, who, like everyone else in her family, gains a magical power - a “savvy” - when she turns thirteen. On the eve of her birthday, Mibs’s father is involved in a car accident and falls into a coma. Mibs is convinced that her savvy lets her wake the sleeping or the dead and sets off on a journey across Kansas to rescue her father, accompanied by siblings and friends. On the way, Mibs discovers that her savvy actually lets her hear the thoughts of anyone with ink on their body, and she uses her power to navigate the relationships around her and eventually wake her father. Mibs is an example of strength that relies on understanding and empathy. The prose is expressive, but not cloying or precious, and the dialogue is natural. The characters, from Lill, the diner waitress, to moth-like Samson, Mibs’s little brother, are well-rounded and engaging. The plot is straightforward, but surprising in its authenticity. The pacing is steady and allows for the development of suspense, but the ending feels a little too long. With its relatable characters and unexpected detail, readers will find this quirky story to be a charming mix of the mundane and magical. Recommended. Grades 5-7 ( )
  kottenbrookk | Nov 11, 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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