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Savvy

by Ingrid Law

Dial | May 6, 2008 | Hardcover

Savvy is rated 4.25 out of 5 by 4.
A vibrant new voice . . . a modern classic.

For generations, the Beaumont family has harbored a magical secret. They each possess a “savvy”—a special supernatural power that strikes when they turn thirteen. Grandpa Bomba moves mountains, her older brothers create hurricanes and spark electricity . . . and now it’s the eve of Mibs’s big day.

As if waiting weren’t hard enough, the family gets scary news two days before Mibs’s birthday: Poppa has been in a terrible accident. Mibs develops the singular mission to get to the hospital and prove that her new power can save her dad. So she sneaks onto a salesman’s bus . . . 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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 352 pages, 7.34 × 5.88 × 1.3 in

Published: May 6, 2008

Publisher: Dial

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0803733062

ISBN - 13: 9780803733060

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: Hardcover

Dimensions: 352 pages, 7.34 × 5.88 × 1.3 in

Published: May 6, 2008

Publisher: Dial

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0803733062

ISBN - 13: 9780803733060

About the Book

For generations, the Beaumont family has harbored a magical secret. They each possess a savvy--a supernatural power they acquire at 13. On the eve of Mibs's big day, she finds herself on an unforgettable odyssey that will force her to make sense of growing up.

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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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A vibrant new voice . . . a modern classic.

For generations, the Beaumont family has harbored a magical secret. They each possess a “savvy”—a special supernatural power that strikes when they turn thirteen. Grandpa Bomba moves mountains, her older brothers create hurricanes and spark electricity . . . and now it’s the eve of Mibs’s big day.

As if waiting weren’t hard enough, the family gets scary news two days before Mibs’s birthday: Poppa has been in a terrible accident. Mibs develops the singular mission to get to the hospital and prove that her new power can save her dad. So she sneaks onto a salesman’s bus . . . 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 the Author

Ingrid Law has sold shoes, worked in a bookstore, helped other people get jobs, and assembled boxes for frozen eggplant burgers. She and her twelve-year-old daughter live in Boulder, Colorado, in a lovely old mobile home that they like to believe is a cross between a spaceship and a shoe box. They enjoy writing on its walls and painting on its ceiling, and have two harps, a flute, and a ukulele, as well as a fondness for muffins.

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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