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Savvy

by Ingrid Law

Penguin Young Readers Group | March 23, 2010 | Trade Paperback

Savvy is rated 4.25 out of 5 by 4.

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.

A Discussion Guide to Scumble and Savvy by Ingrid Law

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 368 pages, 7.75 × 5 × 0.87 in

Published: March 23, 2010

Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0142414336

ISBN - 13: 9780142414330

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Book Ever!!! Mississippi also known as Mibs is about to discover her savvy, a magical power that the Beaumont’s family has. Her eldest brother, Rocket, has the power to control electricity and can let out electric sparks from his hand. Her other brother, Fish, has the power to control the weather, especially create water storms. When the Beaumont kids turn thirteen they get homeschooled so they can control their savvy also called scumbling. Days before Mibs birthday, her father got injured in a twelve- car accident on the highway and was taken to the Salina Hope Hospital where he ended up in coma. When Mibs finds out about her savvy, all that she thought about was how to get to poppa. Mibs, Fish, Samson, and the minister’s two kids run away. SAVVY is a story about adventure, meeting new people. Trying to control savvies, and also about love and romance. If you are interested in reading a very exciting and fun book I would recommend this book for you.
Date published: 2013-01-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Change This book was all about change. Accepting it. Mibs was going through a lot of that throughout the book. There was the making of friends even though she was always made fun of. There was a potential lover which was an entirely new concept for her. And there was the accident with her father that pretty much caused all odf these afore-mentioned changes. The biggest change of all though, was the gaining of her power, her savvy. This book would help people having to deal with change in their lives and assure them that a little change is alright once in a while.
Date published: 2011-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Savvy OMG i luved this book i luv the part when Will kisses Mibs it is so cute and then Fish splashes him so cute. I wish my brother would do that for me!!!!!!
Date published: 2009-02-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well-Told For most people, turning thirteen is just turning thirteen. Sure, you've become a teenager but, still, it shouldn't be that big of a deal. But it is in Mibs' family. When her oldest brother, Rocket, turned 13, he caused a blackout. Of the entire town. And, Fish, her other brother, caused a hurricane on his 13th birthday. Because, in Mibs' family, on their thirteenth birthday, they get a savvy. A certain kind of know-how. Just like, Rocket has an electrical savvy and Fish, a weather savvy. But, then, the day before Mibs birthday her dad is in a terrible accident. And he might die. And, then, on her way to save her father, she, along with her two brothers and the preacher's kids, jumps on a bus. The only problem-it's going the wrong way. I was drawn to this book because of the title, Savvy. And the concept of the savvies did not disappoint. However, the novel was more about Mibs and her family relationships then the savvy so I admit the first time around, I skimmed the book for sections about savvies. After that, I went back and read the whole book and was able to appreciate how well Ingrid Law delved into Mibs' relationships. Ingrid Law proceeded to put in some loveable characters such as good ol' Larry (the bus driver), Will Junior (one of the preacher's kids) and Samson (her brother). Anyway, Mibs made an excellent narrator and besides herdadsdyingwhat'smysavvygoingtobe Mibs had realistic thirteen-year old problems-problems which the 9-12 year old crowd will find easy to relate to (although it you're older than that, definitely do not write it off-I really enjoyed it). She's a bit impulsive at times but naturally that made for a better read. I wouldn't only recommend this book to fantasy readers but also to those who like realistic fiction. Final Verdict: Despite not being much about savvies, Ingrid Law makes this novel worth reading because of her motley array of characters and Mibs' storytelling.
Date published: 2008-11-16

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Savvy

by Ingrid Law

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 368 pages, 7.75 × 5 × 0.87 in

Published: March 23, 2010

Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0142414336

ISBN - 13: 9780142414330

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Savvy - Chapter One 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. I had liked living down southontheedgeofland,nexttothepushing-pullingwaves. I had liked it with a mighty kind of liking, so moving had been hard—hard like the pavement the first time I fell off my pink two-wheeler and my palms burned like fire from all of the hurt just under the skin. But it was plain that fish could live nowhere near or nearby or next to or close to or on or around any largish bodies of water. Water had a way of triggering my brother and making ordinary, everyday weather take a frightening turn for the worse. Unlike any normal hurricane, fish’s birthday storm had started without warning. One minute, my brother was tearing paper from presents in our backyard near the beach; the next minute, both fish and the afternoon sky went a funny and fearsome shade of gray. My brother gripped the edge of the picnic table as the wind kicked up around him, gaining momentum and ripping the wrapping paper out of his hands, sailing it high up into the sky with all of the balloons and streamers roiling together and disintegrating like a birthday party in a blender. Groaning and cracking, trees shuddered and bent over double, uprooting and falling as easily as sticks in wet sand. Rain pelted us like gravel thrown by a playground bully as windows shattered and shingles ripped off the roof. As the
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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.

A Discussion Guide to Scumble and Savvy by Ingrid Law

About the Author

Ingrid Law received a Newbery Honor for Savvy, her first book. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.

Bookclub Guide

INTRODUCTION
For generations, the Beaumont family has harbored a secret. They each possess a “savvy”—a special power that strikes when they turn thirteen. Grandpa Bomba moves mountains, Mibs’s older brothers create hurricanes and spark electricity…and now it’s the eve of Mibs’s big day. As if waiting for her savvy to show up wasn’t hard enough, Mibs’s family gets scary news two days before her birthday: Poppa has been in a terrible accident. With the hope that her new power will save Poppa, Mibs sneaks onto a salesman’s bus bound for the hospital… only to find the bus heading in the opposite direction. Suddenly, Mibs finds herself on an unforgettable odyssey that will force her to make sense of growing up—and of other people, who might also have a few secrets hidden just beneath the skin.

 


ABOUT INGRID LAW

Ingrid Law is a writer and an artist. She is the author and illustrator of two e-books for children, and her artwork has appeared in local and national art shows in the US. She lives in Colorado with her teenage daughter. Savvy is her first novel.



A CONVERSATION WITH INGRID LAW
Q: What inspired Savvy?

Watching my own daughter, I am constantly reminded of the challenges young people face—the struggle for identity, the enormous physical and emotional changes, the often conflicting voices of parents, friends, teachers, and media. While these challenges may not manifest themselves as hurricanes and electrical sparks in real life, I think they can feel just as powerful and out of control to the young person navigating them.

Q: What do you think your savvy would be?

If I could choose, I think I would like to fly or breathe underwater. When I was a kid, I was convinced that I could see air—see its movements and patterns through a room—but everyone insisted that it was impossible. I’ve always wondered how many things are impossible only because we are told they are.



DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
  • Mibs wishes, at least temporarily, that her savvy could “give [her] the muscle to turn nasty girls into slimy green frogs or to glue their mouths shut tight with a nod of [her] head.” (p. 17) Why do the girls in Mibs’s class make fun of her? What would you do in her place?

  • The Beaumonts have to keep their savvies a secret from everyone. Would that be difficult for you? Do you think everyone has a secret? Who would you trust with your big secrets?

  • Why does Rosemary Meeks come to the Beaumont house? How are things different with the Meeks family around? Is her influence on the Beaumont house positive or negative?

  • Describe Mibs’s relationship with her parents and siblings. How is it complicated by their savvies? What are the positive and negative aspects of having siblings with extraordinary powers?

  • Grandpa says to Mibs, “Your savvy’s in your blood. It’s an inheritance, like your brown eyes or your grandma’s long toes or her talent for dancing to polka music.” (p. 121) Are people born with special talents or do they have to work at developing their unique abilities? Are there any talents you wish you had?

  • Explain how Mibs ends up on a bible delivery bus with Bobbi, Will, Fish, and Samson. Where do they hope to arrive? How do things go awry? Which scene in their wild adventure is your favorite?

  • “Perhaps Samson’s strengthening touch was just an ordinary sort of human magic, the kind of magic that exists in the honest, heartfelt concern of one person for another.” (p. 113) Explain “ordinary human magic” in your own words. Give another example of “ordinary human magic” you find in Savvy.

  • Slowly, Mibs discovers the way her savvy works. How does she figure it out? How is it different from the savvy that she originally hoped for? In the last year, what have you, like Mibs, discovered about yourself?

  • How does Lill Kiteley end up on the bus? What would you say is her special know-how? How does she use that know-how during her time on the bus and how does it affect the passengers?

  • How does Mibs’s relationship with Will and Bobbi change over the course of the adventure? Who do you think changes the most in the story?

  • Fish and Rocket have a terrible time scumbling their savvies. How does this cause a ruckus for the Beaumont clan and others who know them? Are there any parts of your own personality that you have a difficult time controlling? Is it better to tone down parts of yourself so that you fit in society or is it more important to be yourself completely?

  • Momma warns Mibs that, “You can’t get rid of part of what makes you you and be happy.” (p. 186) What makes youyou? How do you let that special part shine through?

  • When Mibs thinks about Will’s obvious feelings for her she realizes that it“[makes her] feel too young and too old at the same time.” (p. 223) Do you feel like kids today are forced to grow up too fast? How might different aspects of modern life (the media, school, friends, etc.) affect the ways in which kids mature?

  • After listening to so many voices in her head throughout the novel, what does Mibs discover about the voices that she and others listen to? Is their anything that boosts or stifles your confidence? How can you drown out the voices that don’t matter?

  • What do you think makes Poppa wake up at last? Do you think it has anything to do with one of the Beaumont’s savvies?
  • Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12