Savvy

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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 ...

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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

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Reviewed by Sarah Mlynowski

In Mississippi Beaumont's family, turning 13 means your savvy kicks in. When her grandfather turned 13, he created Idaho. And when her brother turned 13, he caused a hurricane. At the start of Law's winning debut novel, Mississippi's 13th birthday is only two days away.

With her dad in a coma after a horrible car accident, Mississippi is convinced that her savvy will have something to do with waking people up. Along with her brothers, the cute preacher's son and his obnoxious gum-chomping sister, she sneaks aboard a delivery bus she believes is heading toward her dad, hoping to save him.

The thing about Mississippi? She's not always right. Turns out, her savvy has her hearing a whole bunch of voices-in her head. When people around her have any type of ink-say, a tattoo or a pen mark-on their skin, she can't help but read their minds.

What makes this book so engaging is that aside from the whole mind-reading thing, Mississippi isn't extraordinary. She's not excessively brilliant, incredibly attractive or overly girly. She's afraid of growing up. She prefers to be called Mibs, but the mean girls call her Missy-Pissy. She wishes she could mess up less and be more like her perfect mom. (Literally, perfect-that's her mother's savvy.) Readers, boys and girls alike, will see a bit of themselves in Mibs.

Also, the Beaumonts aren't the only ones with savvys. Normal people (the bus driver, the hitchhiker, the obnoxious gum-chomper) have them, too-they just don't recognize them. As Mibs's mom says, "One person might make strawberry jam so good that no one can get enough of it.... There are even those folks who never get splashedby mud after a rainstorm or bit by a single mosquito in the summertime." The 10-year-old boy or the 40-year-old mom reading the book-they might just have one, too.

Besides saving her dad, Mibs's quest in the novel is to learn to "scumble"-in other words, control her savvy. She has to learn to quiet the voices she hears, and to find her own voice.

Law has definitely found hers. Short chapters and cliffhangers keep the pace quick, while the mix of traditional language and vernacular helps the story feel both fresh and timeless. And while road-trip novels tend to be more about the journey than the destination, the ending, like Momma's savvy, is pretty perfect. I wasn't sure how Law was going to manage it without going all fairy-tale, but she does the story justice, making the conclusion happy and heart-rending simultaneously, resisting the urge to tie it all up with a fancy ribbon and a happily ever after.

Law's savvy? She's a natural storyteller who's created a vibrant and cinematic novel that readers are going to love. Ages 9-11. (May)

Sarah Mlynowski is the author of the Magic in Manhattan series, the most recent of which is Spells & Sleeping Bags (paperback reprint from Delacorte due this month), and, with E. Lockhart and Lauren Myracle, the coauthor of How to Be Bad (HarperTeen, May).

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Law's storytelling is rollicking, her language imaginative, and her entire cast of whacky, yet believable characters delightful . . . wholly engaging and lots of fun. Starred review.
School Library Journal

Gr 4-7- Mississippi Beaumont ("Mibs" for short) simply cannot wait for her 13th birthday. There's the allure of finally becoming a teenager, of course, but in the Beaumont family, 13 is when family members get their "savvy," or unworldly power. For Mibs's older brother Fish, it's control over the elements, and for her mother it's the ability to do everything perfectly. Unfortunately, Mibs's excitement is cut short when her father is injured in a car accident. Convinced that her new powers will be able to save her Poppa, she and some new friends climb aboard a bus toting pink bibles on her birthday, in the hopes of getting to the hospital. Instead they find themselves headed in the wrong direction with the cops looking for them, Mibs's powerful brother seriously angry, and the son of a preacher man she has a crush on coming dangerously close to figuring out the Beaumonts' secret. Mibs's real savvy isn't what she expected, and neither are her traveling companions. Though the story never lives up to the brilliance of its opening chapter, Law has a feel for characters and language that is matched by few. With its delightful premise and lively adventure, this book will please a wide variety of audiences, not just fantasy fans. Definitely an author to watch.-Elizabeth Bird, New York Public Library

Kirkus Reviews
Mibs can't wait for her 13th birthday, when her special gift, or "savvy," will awaken. Everyone in her family-except beloved Papa, who married in-has one, from Grandpa Bomba's ability to move mountains (literally) to Great Aunt Jules's time-traveling sneezes. What will hers be? Not what she wants, it turns out, but definitely what she needs when the news that a highway accident has sent her father to the ICU impels her to head for the hospital aboard a Bible salesman's old bus. Sending her young cast on a zigzag odyssey through the "Kansaska-Nebransas" heartland, Law displays both a fertile imagination (Mibs's savvy is telepathy, but it comes with a truly oddball caveat) and a dab hand for likable, colorful characters. There are no serious villains here, only challenges to be met, friendships to be made and some growing up to do on the road to a two-hanky climax. A film is already in development, and if it lives up to this marvel-laden debut, it'll be well worth seeing. (Fantasy. 10-13)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142414330
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/23/2010
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 43,115
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

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

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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 storm surged and the ocean wavestossedandchurned,spillingragingwateranddebris farther and farther up the beach, Momma and Poppa grabbed hold of fish and held on tight, while the rest of us ran for cover. Momma and Poppa knew what was happening. They had been expecting something like this and knew that they had to keep my brother calm and help him ride out his storm.

That hurricane had been the shortest on record, but to keep the coastal towns safe from our fish, our family had packed up and moved deep inland, plunging into the very heart of the land and stopping as close to the center of the country as we could get. There, without big water to fuel big storms, fish could make it blow and rain without so much heartache and ruin.

Settling directly between Nebraska and Kansas in a little place all our own, just off Highway 81, we were well beyond hollering distance from the nearest neighbor, which was the best place to be for a family like ours. The closest town was merely a far-off blur across the highway, and was not even big enough to have its own school or store, or gas station or mayor.

Monday through Wednesday, we called our thin stretch of land Kansaska. Thursday through Saturday, we called it Nebransas. On Sundays, since that was the Lord’s Day, we called it nothing at all, out of respect for

His creating our world without the lines already drawn on its face like all my grandpa’s wrinkles.

If it weren’t for old Grandpa Bomba, Kansaska- Nebransas wouldn’t even have existed for us to live there. When Grandpa wasn’t a grandpa and was just instead a small-fry, hobbledehoy boy blowing out thirteen dripping candles on a lopsided cake, his savvy hit him hard and sudden—just like it did to fish that day of the backyard birthday party and the hurricane—and the entire state of Idaho got made. At least, that’s the way Grandpa Bomba always told the story.

“Before I turned thirteen,” he’d say, “Montana bumped dead straight into Washington, and Wyoming and Oregon shared a cozy border.” The tale of Grandpa’s thirteenth birthday had grown over the years just like the land he could move and stretch, and Momma just shook her head and smiled every time he’d start talking tall. But in truth, that young boy who grew up and grew old like wine and dirt, had been making new places whenever and wherever he pleased. That was Grandpa’s savvy.

My savvy hadn’t come along yet. But I was only two days away from my very own thirteen dripping candles—though my momma’s cakes never lopped to the side or to the middle. Momma’s cakes were perfect, just like Momma, because that was her savvy. Momma was perfect. Anything she made was perfect. Everything she did was perfect. Even when she messed up, Momma messed up perfectly.

I often reckoned what it would be like for me. I pictured myself blowing out the candles on my cake and fires dying in chimneys across four counties. Or I imagined making my secret birthday wish—getting my cheeks full and round with air—then floating up toward the ceiling like my very own happy birthday balloon.

“My savvy is going to be a good one,” I told my brother Rocket. “I just know it.”

“Girls don’t get the powerful jujubes,” said Rocket, running one hand through his dark shock of unkempt hair with a crackle of static. “Girls only get quiet, polite savvies—sugar and spice and everything humdrum savvies. It’s boys who get the earthshaking kinds of savvy.”

I had scowled at my brother and stuck out my tongue. Rocket and I both knew that there were plenty of girls climbing round our family tree that had strong and sturdy savvies, like Great-aunt Jules, who could step back twenty minutes in time every time she sneezed; or our second cousin Olive, who could melt ice with a single red-hot stare.

Rocket was seventeen and full of junk that I wasn’t allowed to say until I got much, much older. But he was electric through and through, and that had always gone to his head. for fun, Rocket would make my hair stand on end like he’d rubbed it with a balloon, or hit fish with a wicked zap from the other side of the room. But Rocket could keep the lights on when the power went out, and our family sure liked that, especially the littler Beaumonts.

Rocket was the oldest, with fish and me following after. Born only a year apart, fish and I were nearly the same height and looked a lot alike, both with hair like sand and straw—hair like Momma’s. But while I had Poppa’s hazel eyes, fish had Momma’s ocean blue ones. It was as if we’d each taken a little bit of Momma, or a little bit of Poppa, and made the rest our own.

I wasn’t the youngest or the smallest in the family; broody Samson was a dark and shadowy seven, and doll-faced Gypsy was three. It was Gypsy who started calling me Mibs, when my full name, Mississippi, became far too much for her toothsome toddler tongue to manage. But that had been a relief. That name had always followed me around like one of fish’s heavy storm clouds.

The itch and scritch of birthday buzz was about all I was feeling on the Thursday before the friday before the Saturday I turned thirteen. Sitting at the dinner table, next to Poppa’s empty chair and ready plate, I barely ate a bite. Across from me, Gypsy prattled endlessly, counting the make-believe creatures she imagined seeing in the room, and begging me to help her name them.

I pushed the food around my plate, ignoring my sister and daydreaming about what it would be like when I got my very own savvy, when the telephone rang right in the middle of pot roast, mashed potatoes, and mighty unpopular green beans. As Momma rose to answer, us kids, and Grandpa Bomba too, seized the chance to plop our mashers on top of our beans while Momma’s back was turned. Samson tucked some of those beans into his pockets to give to his dead pet turtle, even though Momma always said he shouldn’t be giving it any of our good food, seeing how it was dead and all, and the food would just go to rot. But Samson was sure as sadly sure that his turtle was only hibernating, and Momma hadn’t the heart to toss it from the house.

We were all smiling to each other around the kitchen table at the smart way we’d taken care of those beans when Momma dropped the phone with a rattling clatter and a single sob—perfectly devastated. She sank to the floor, looking for all the world as if she were staring right through the checkered brown and blue linoleum to behold the burning hot-lava core at the very center of the Earth.

“It’s Poppa,” Momma said in a choked voice, as her perfect features stretched and pinched.

A gust of wind burst from fish’s side of the table, blowing everyone’s hair and sending our paper napkins flying pell-mell onto the floor. The air in the room grew warm and humid as though the house itself had broken out into a ripe, nervous sweat, and the many dusty, tightly lidded, empty-looking jars that lined the tops of all the cupboards rattled and clinked like a hundred toasting glasses. Outside it was already raining fish rain—drops hastened from a sprinkle to a downpour in seconds as fish stared, wide-eyed and gaping like his namesake, holding back his fear but unable to scumble his savvy.

“Momma?” Rocket ventured. The air around him crackled with static, and his T-shirt clung to him like socks to towels straight from the dryer. The lights in the house pulsed, and blue sparks popped and snapped at the tips of his nervous, twitching fingers.

Momma looked at Poppa’s empty chair and waiting plate, then she turned to us, chin trembling, and told us about the accident on the highway. She told us how Poppa’s car had gotten crushed up bad, like a pop can under a cowboy boot, and how he’d gone and forgotten to get out before it happened, landing himself in a room and a bed at Salina Hope Hospital, where now he lay broken and asleep, not able to wake up.

“Don’t fret, child,” Grandpa consoled Momma as though they were back in time and Momma was still a young girl sitting on his knee crying over a broken doll. “Those doctors know what’s what. They’ll fix your fellow up in no time. They’ll get his buttons sewn back on.” Grandpa Bomba’s tone was soft and reassuring. But as the strobe-like flashes from Rocket’s nervous sparks lit Grandpa’s face, I could see the worry etched deep into all his wrinkles.

For half of a half of a half of a second I hated Poppa. I hated him for working so far away from home and for having to take the highway every day. I hated him for getting in that accident and for ruining our pot roast. Mostly, I realized that my perfect cake with its pink and yellow frosting was probably not going to get made, and I hated Poppa for wrecking my most important birthday before it had even arrived. Then I felt the burning shame of even having those thoughts about my good, sweet poppa and sank low in my chair. To make amends for my selfish feelings, I sat quietly and ate every last unwelcome green bean from beneath my mashed potatoes, as fish’s rain lashed against the windows and Rocket caused every lightbulb in the house to explode with a live-wire zing and a popping shatter, sending shards of glass tinkling to the floor and pitching the house into darkness.

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  • Posted February 8, 2009

    What's your Savvy?

    This work is completely engrossing! I was sneaking it around town just to finish. The flow of the adventure, the realness of the characters and the heart of the writing were key to the success of this piece of literature. Mibs is growing up and about to discover her savvy. Savvy in her family may mean something wild like moving mountains or gentle like baking a perfect cake. While this book looks at one family in particular, I couldn't help but wonder about my own savvy. I believe most readers will wonder about their hidden greatness and savvy. <BR/><BR/>Before the big day when Mibs finds her savvy, her father is in a horrible car accident. Her family is heartbroken. She and a gang of others go on a hysterical adventure to help her Poppa. On the adventure, she finds her savvy and much about growing up. This is a wonderful story for kids at that in-between age where they just don't feel as if they fit in. It has a wonderful realness to it in the midst of so much magic. I would highly recommend it!

    49 out of 53 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 6, 2011

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    Unique style

    Savvy is a uniquely-styled book that won Newbery honors last year. Its most outstanding feature is the rhythmic nonsense words that flood the prose, creating a style all its own. "Fibertygibbity," "a fizz and a zing," "jump and jive," "razzmatazz," "bumping, jumping," "stumbled and tumbled," "gewgaws," and ".loosening his lip-lock." Ms. Law has a very distinctive and catchy way of saying everything, which makes her book quite unforgettable.

    So how's the story, you ask? Fabulous! Every member of the Beaumont family is gifted with some kind of savvy that shows up on their thirteenth birthday. Grandpa stretches and manipulates the earth, Rocket's sparks with electricity, Fish creates tropical storms, Grandma catches and cans radio waves, and Mibs? She's about to find out. But just before her birthday, her father is in a terrible accident. In an attempt to get to him, she stows away on a pink Bible delivery bus and drags a lot of people into trouble with her. In the process, she learns that turning thirteen signals a lot more changes than just a savvy.

    The cast of characters contains some gritty, down-to-reality kinds of folks. The pastor, for one, is decidedly human. And Miss Rosemary, the preacher's wife, is well-meaning but someone you can't wait to wave good-bye to. Lester, the not-so-bright Bible deliveryman finds that confidence and a good woman sometimes go hand-in-hand. The kids, Will and Fish and Bobbi and Mibs, squabble and fight and end up better friends. And the Beaumonts? Even a savvy doesn't make you perfect, even when perfection is your savvy. By the end, you love them all.

    On top of a great story and great characters, Savvy is sprinkled with little life lessons that make the book all the tastier. Like "you can't get rid of part of what makes you you and be happy." Or "I realized that good and bad are always there and always mixed up together in a tangle." Or my favorite, "when something like that comes along, whether it's an accident or a savvy or a very first kiss, life takes a turn and you can't step back. All you can do is keep moving forward and remember what you've learned."

    While the gibberish words sometimes wore me down, and I imagine they might be challenging for a reader unfamiliar with them, they also add to the book's charm. And Savvy definitely has a lot of charm. Two thumbs way up!

    26 out of 27 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 15, 2009

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    My Savvy... This Book

    I may only be 11 but I love this book! The characters of this book are just amazing and interesting just like the book. There are 4 children in this book on each of there 13th birthdays they will get a Savvy what else happens you'll have to read it!!!

    23 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 3, 2009

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    A fun and endearing read

    This was a fun and endearing book. Mibs was such a fun character to follow during her journey into discovering herself, her abilities and some surprising friends along the way. Although the 'people with special powers' story has been told over and over now, Law's take on it is refreshing. Rather than creating heroes who have to save the world against deadly foes, the Beaumonts are simple people who want nothing more than to keep to themselves and have as normal of a life as possible. The best part of the book is watching Mibs's bravery and her indomitable spirit throughout some of the most difficult circumstances, simply because of the love she has for her own father.

    -Lindsey Miller, www.lindseyslibrary.com

    21 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2012

    I love savvy

    I highly reccomend this fantastic book

    20 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2011

    AWESOME BOOK!!!!!!

    I have read this book and it is amazing! one of the best books i have ever read!!!!!!! I recommend this book for 3-6 graders!! This book has all kinds of adventures and even comedy parts!!! Please read this book It rocks!!!!!!!!

    19 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2012

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    Love this book

    18 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2011

    Good

    My son is 10 years old and he took this book off of the shelf in his Middle School library. I believe he said he "thought the cover looked cool" and that he heard it was a really good book.

    My mother read some of it to him & then he began reading some of it but began to struggle at some large words or hard-to-pronounce words he has never seen before.

    I will have to keep this book to the side until next year or the following. It seems like it may turn out to be interesting but it didn't catch my attention right off the bat.

    14 out of 36 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2011

    OKAY, 2 OR 3 STARS

    Don't bother buying this book. The plot wasnt great and all they did in the entire book is try to drive to the hospital, where her dad was staying. You know he's gonna be fine by the end of the book so the whole trip is kind of useless. DO NOT BUY!!!

    10 out of 45 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2012

    Hi

    Should i buy it?

    9 out of 45 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2013

    Great book

    It is an awesome book and I can't wait to read the book that comes after it

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2013

    AWESOME

    I don't usually like to reread things but i have read savvy 5 TIMES this book is just so different from others i mean it sounds like a twilight type of thing but it is so not The uniqueness is what i like and the whole series is just amazing
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    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 18, 2011

    Pretty good!

    It was pretty good. It was good enough that i read the second book called scumble! It was interesting. I would recomend it to someone who likes a good book.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 15, 2009

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    One pink bus and six misfits = Adventure?

    Join five kids, one bus driver, one waitress and a very large pink bus as one girl turns thirteen. Not your average birthday for Mibs Beaumont she must decide whether or not to trust the people she is with as she tries desperately to reach her father in the hospital. Join this ragtag group of misfits who learn they really do have something in common and its ok to be older and different. A thrilling tale and a perfect way to spend eight hours in the car. Ride away with Mibs, Fish, Will, Bobby, and Samson who join each other quite unexpectedly.

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 15, 2008

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    Reviewed by Marta Morrison for TeensReadToo.com

    This was a really fun book to read. <BR/><BR/>Mississippi, aka Mibs, and her family each get a magical gift, called a savvy, on their thirteenth birthday. Rocket, Mibs's brother, has the savvy of being able to control electricity. He is a lot like those comic book heroes, good-looking with electric sparks coming off of his hands. At thirteen, her other brother, Fish, found out that he can control weather, especially causing water storms. So at thirteen the kids become homeschooled and have to learn how to control their special abilities. <BR/><BR/>When the story opens, Mibs is two days away from turning thirteen herself. She is excited about her special birthday when her father is in a horrible twelve-car accident on the highway. He ends up in a coma in a hospital in Salina, Kansas. <BR/><BR/>When she gets her savvy, she is being taken care of by the minister's wife and all she can think of is how to get to her Poppa. Mibs, Fish, her little brother, Samson, and two of the minister's kids run away to find Poppa. SAVVY is the story of their adventures crossing Nebraska and Kansas, trying to control savvys, which is called scumbling, learning to see the good in people, and, of course, the courage it takes to act on your ideals and love. <BR/><BR/>I loved the writing in this book. The author uses a lot of figurative language. Besides metaphor and simile, Ingrid Law also uses a lot of alliteration in the telling of the story. Phrases such as pushing-pulling waves, itch and scritch of birthday buzz, or how about a gaggle of flat-footed goslings. It was remarkable how the author could use language to make this story even better than it already was. <BR/><BR/>So if you want to read a really good story about growing up or if you just love the sound of language, then this is the book for you. Have a really rad read!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2013

    Amazing

    Its such a great book!!! The names are unique because it helps emphasize how much of a unique family they have. Its tells a story full of adventure,thrills,and some messes and a pinch of romance along the way amazing!!!!

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 16, 2008

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    Courtesy of Mother Daughter Book Club.com

    Mississippi Beaumont can't wait for her 13th birthday, only days away, because that's when she'll officially get her savvy. All the Beaumont's, except Poppa, have a savvy that is uniquely their own. Mama is perfect, Grandpa Bomba makes new land, Rocket controls electricity and Fish can create storms and move water. Trouble is, the savvy is hard to control when it first comes in, and Mississippi, better known as Mibs, is nervous about what will happen at her party.<BR/><BR/>When her dad ends up in a coma in the hospital after a car accident and her mother leaves the family to be with him, the preacher's wife organizes a birthday party for Mibs, making all the Beaumonts nervous about what will happen on the big day. But the fun really starts when Mibs decides to stow away on a broken down Bible-delivery bus, hoping to reach Salina, Kansas, where she believes she can wake Poppa up. Along for the ride at her older brother Fish, her younger brother Samson, and the preacher's children, Bobbi and Will Junior.<BR/><BR/>Mibs has a great, down-to-earth voice, and readers will happily follow her as she explores issues of family, friendship, budding romance, and finding the things that are special inside each of us. You may just find yourself looking for your own special savvy. You can also look for games and a discussion guide at the publisher's Web site, www.penguin.com/teachersandlibrarians.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2012

    Okay

    Hard to get fora ten year old like my daughter

    3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2012

    SAVVY BY INGRID LAW

    EVERY THING I SAY IN THIS REVIEW IS MY OPINION SO DONT GET MAD AT ME!! I really did not like the book it wadnt really my type but if you like it please dont take my opinion personaly. Although there is ALOT of thrilling adventure by far thisd is NOT the best book ever

    3 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2013

    Hiya! :p

    Suck my flabby, crunchy, sweet, oversized, d&*%!!!

    2 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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