Savvy (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

Savvy (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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by Ingrid Law

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Recounts the adventures of Mibs Beaumont, whose 13th birthday has revealed her "savvy"—a magical power unique to each member of her family—just as her father is injured.  See more details below


Recounts the adventures of Mibs Beaumont, whose 13th birthday has revealed her "savvy"—a magical power unique to each member of her family—just as her father is injured.

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Demco Media
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5.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.20(d)
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8 - 12 Years

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Savvy 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 514 reviews.
LibraryLisa More than 1 year ago
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.

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!
Middlereader More than 1 year ago
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!
Lindsey_Miller More than 1 year ago
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,
Roxygirl23 More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I highly reccomend this fantastic book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 A MUST READ !!!!!!!!!
Brian O'Donnell More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is an awesome book and I can't wait to read the book that comes after it
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
This was a really fun book to read.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!
UN1C0RN More than 1 year ago
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.
Mother-Daughter-Book-Club More than 1 year ago
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.

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.

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,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!!
Ginnydog More than 1 year ago
This is a really good book. I love the way Mibs can connect with everyone and how she cares alot  for her brothers. She breaks a whole bunch of rules to get to her dad who is hurt in the hospital.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book, and it is one of my fa orite books of all time. With amazing characters and a great plot, this is an unforgettable read.
BYS More than 1 year ago
Everyone suspects the Beaumont family of being "different". They're right, but no one except the family in question knows just how different they really are. When a Beaumont turns thirteen, they find out their savvy, a skill that's been blown up to epic proportions. Sometimes this new power is huge and pretty unstoppable, and for some people, it's just a small part of their daily life. Mississippi "Mibs" Beaumont is hoping her savvy will be something dramatic and wowing. But on the day before her thirteenth birthday, her beloved Poppa is gravely injured in a car crash. Now Mibs is determined to go on a cross-state jaunt with her siblings and friends, to find out for herself exactly how her father is doing. And who knows? She just might be able to learn the truth about her savvy along the way. I'm always up for some good adventure stories with a supernatural aspect in them. In addition, people with special powers has also been something of my interest. Savvy, by Ingrid Law, fits into both of these requirements. The spunky, feel-good, and just plain different narrating was another plus factor. The book had the bare essentials of a road trip: stowaways, a loved one gone, hitchhikers, and some teenage dilemmas thrown in. However, the book wasn't as thrilling as I had expected, focusing more on muting the super-powers (of a sort) than flaunting them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good!!! B-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very awesome book loved it!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is definatly one of my favorite books. If you are deciding to get this book, do not listen to those one and two star reviews. People, when I was ten i could read this book by ease. It's not that hard! This is a very intresting plot, but at the begging i must admit it is kind of boring. Although, it is worth the wait. So, what are you waiting for? Go buy it! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I believe this is one of the best books I have read this year. It has humor and adventure: 2of the things that I love!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Savvy is about this girl who gets this magical power when she turns 13 and her brothers already have their power she is hoping for a good power bjt goes through lots of things tlo make that happen and some with her poppa.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would reccomend this books for 8 to 12 year olds. BTW I LOVE THIS BOOK
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really really need to know what mississippi's savvy is someone any one please tell me
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did a reading project about this book and i got an a-.