Author: Ingrid Law
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
3½ out of 5 stars
Have you ever wished you could control the weather, make the ground tremble underneath you, capture sound, or even control electricity? You might think that you would be like a superhero saving the day. Or that you would use your powers for random acts of kindness or for good. However, for Mibs and her family, they don’t get the fame that comes with having powers. They have to hide their abilities from everyone else, for fear of what might happen if their special abilities were to be discovered. Mibs is even more worried as of late, as she is going to be receiving her powers very soon. In two days to be exact, her thirteenth birthday.
In the Beaumont family they call their powers “savvies,” and you receive them once you turn thirteen. Mibs can hardly stand waiting any longer, but at the same time, she is extremely nervous. What if she ends up without a savvy? Or what if her savvy is something really lame? So many of her relatives have such strong and respectable savvies, so what if hers doesn’t compare? But Mibs knows that she shouldn’t be worried. Her brothers went through the exact same thing as well, and they survived.
However, an unexpected call puts everything on hold. Her father was in a car accident on the highway and he is now unconscious in the hospital, unable to wake up. Maybe Mibs should be worried after all. Mibs doesn’t know what to feel about the unexpected news. She was so excited for her special birthday to come, but if her poppa’s hurt than that is one hundred times more important, right?
On short notice her oldest brother and her momma have to head to Salina Hope Hospital in order to see to their father. Mibs is left at home with her grandpa, older brother, younger sister, and younger brother. Will Mibs be able to reach her father in time and wake him up? But the real problem is, will Mibs be able to control her new savvy when it comes, all the while keeping it hidden? Ingrid Law reveals all in her rollicking tale of one young girl’s struggle to find who she really is, while keeping those that mean the most to her close in, Savvy!
Savvy was an enjoyable read with wacky twists and turns thrown in. Mibs will surprise you with her courage and strong will. There is a lot more to this family than meets the eye. Savvy is a spectacular read for kids and young teens, as it will cause them wonder and excitement with Ingrid Law’s vivid descriptions and unique voice.
It was so much fun to read about the Beaumont family’s unique savvies. Each one fit the person and was unique in its own special way. When I discovered what Mibs savvy was, I was elated and wondered about the extent to which it could go. Hers is definitely an interesting one that gives her a unique advantage. All of the other characters’ savvies were equally interesting and added a great deal to the story. The savvies brightened up Savvy and made it what it is.
Ingrid Law writes in a way which made the story easy to relate to, and always brightened up a scene. Her country voice was evident as she made cute similes and metaphors that created images in my mind’s eye. I could always picture a scene in full detail as it was described beautifully.
I also enjoyed that despite Mibs and her family’s savvies, what Mibs wanted most was to just be a normal kid. To be able to go to school and not worry about what might happen if her savvy lost control, or have to feel out of place. Mibs realizes though, that her savvy is what makes her who she is, and that makes her special and unique in her own way.
After such an intense and crazy journey, the end seemed a little too humdrum. It seemed that Mibs and everyone else had gone through so much work. Things didn’t turn out quite as expected, but it was definitely a good turn-out. I can’t wait to see what happens next in the companion novle, Scumble!
In a nutshell, Savvy is a wonderfully written story of one girl’s struggle to find herself yet fit in at the same time. Join Mibs, as she learns who she is, while journeying to find who she can become in, Savvy!
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Savvy is available from Amazon here.