Savvy

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When I had first seen that picture, I had thought it made a person’s heart look like a fragile, fragile thing rather than the sturdy muscle I’d learned it to be. Now, I realized it was both.

-taken from Savvy by Ingrid Law

From Amazon: Thirteen is when a Beaumont’s savvy hits—and with one brother who causes hurricanes and another who creates electricity, Mibs Beaumont is eager to see what she gets. But just before the big day, Poppa is in a terrible accident. And now all Mibs wants is a savvy that will save him. In fact, Mibs is so sure she’ll get a powerful savvy that she sneaks a ride to the hospital on a rickety bus with her sibling and the preacher’s kids in tow. After this extraordinary adventure—full of talking tattoos and a kidnapping—not a soul on board will ever be the same.

Who wouldn’t want to receive a special power, or savvy, on their 13th birthday? Whether it is the power to cause a hurricane or the ability to be practically perfect at everything, the possibilities are endless.

I loved the premise of this book. It is creative and fun and when I started I was looking forward to the adventure. I wasn’t, however, expecting the depth and thoughtfulness that came with it. This is a special book with a whole lot of food for thought wrapped inside a creative story.

Positive themes abound including choosing wise voices to listen to, realizing people are more than they appear, and having the courage to stand up for yourself, your family and your friends. Mibs voice is engaging and endearing. Her story is sweet, sad, confusing and poignant, a mix of good and bad all tangled together.

Mibs is an unassuming hero; braver then she realizes. One small example that illustrates this is when her friend Will steals a small kiss from her. I love how Mibs processes it and has the courage to come back and talk honestly to her friend:

“I like you Will,” I said. “I may even like you, like you. But I’m just not ready to be kissing you yet, all right?”

This is a brave, standing-up-for-yourself kind of conversation I want my kids to read and learn from. Combine that with interesting characters and an engaging plot-line and you have a book that absolutely deserved the Newbery honor it received.

If your child:

  • Is looking for something new to try,

They should consider adding Savvy to their TBR. And, if they love Savvy, Ingrid Law has written two more books in the series. Be sure to check out Scumble and Switch.

Have you or your kids read Savvy yet? If so, what did you think?

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Readers 9 and up