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by Ingrid Law

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Unabridged, 6 CDs, 7 1/2 hours

Nine years after Mibs's Savvy journey, her cousin Ledge is about to turn thirteen...


Unabridged, 6 CDs, 7 1/2 hours

Nine years after Mibs's Savvy journey, her cousin Ledge is about to turn thirteen...

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Publishers Weekly
Law follows her Newbery Honor-winning debut, Savvy, with a look at another family in which "thirteenth birthdays were like time bombs." It's been nine years since Mibs Beaumont's tumultuous 13th, and the spotlight now finds her cousin Ledge Kale. Ledge's "savvy"--inadvertently (and explosively) dismantling objects--has just hit, disastrously, when his family must travel from Indiana to Wyoming for a wedding. The setting allows Law to revisit the wacky clan, from Ledge's Uncle Autry, a sort of insect whisperer, and Autry's twin daughters, Marisol and Mesquite, who can levitate things up and down, left and right, "like two knobs of an Etch A Sketch." However, Ledge's talent is "as useless as a pogo stick in quicksand," so it's up to Mibs's brother Rocket to mentor him on "scumbling," a finesse move that turns problem savvies into assets. Rocket and Ledge both have romantic entanglements, and although Ledge's is unconvincing, it figures prominently in the plot. The story's chief appeal lies in Law's talents as a yarn-spinner, and the worth-repeating message about making peace with who you are. Ages 8-12. (Aug.)
This companion to Newbery Honor Book Savvy provides the same high level of satisfying plot, delightful characters, alliterative language, and rich imagery.
Horn Book
The story's arc, complete with a nice-guys-finish-first ending, is eminently satisfying.
Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
Midway through Ingrid Law's companion to her Newbery Honor book Savvy—about kids blessed with unusual physical gifts at puberty—one of the characters offers a definition of "scumble" fairly close to the OED's. Rocket calls it a technique painters use to tone down intense colors that threaten to overwhelm a canvas. This "balancing" is what thirteen-year-old Ledger Tate must learn in order to survive his newfound ability to destroy anything metal in his immediate vicinity. (Nails, screws, and bolts fly; entire vintage Harleys are reduced to components.) Law's use of the "savvy" as a dramatic metaphor for the onset of adolescent hormones is fascinating. It is equally fascinating to watch Ledge as he begins to shape his explosions not only to impress a girl—the lethal-with-words Sarah Jane Cabot—but also to save the town of Sundance, Wyoming, from SJ's grief-maddened father. Can Ledge stop the demolition derby being orchestrated by Mr. Cabot in time to save beloved places as Willie's Five & Dime or the local junk yard? Closer to home, can he save his Uncle Autry's ranch and Bug House? Ledge is not the only one to grow as his actions begin opening up the back stories of his remarkable savvy family and friends. Law's latest is another natural addition to middle grade reading lists. Reviewer: Kathleen Karr
School Library Journal
Gr 5–7—The Beaumont family is unique. When they turn 13, they develop savvy—an unusual talent or power. IN Ingrid Law's sequel (2010) to Savvy (2008, both Dial), it's been nine years since Mib discovered her savvy, and her cousin Ledge is keeping her troubled tale in mind as he approaches his own 13th birthday. Dreams of a great running career are quickly dashed when the day comes and Ledge discovers his talent…for breaking things. Though Ledge's savvy is problematic, the family decides to head out west for a family gathering anyway, a decision they regret when Ledge manages to destroy the wedding. Ledge's parents decide to leave him on the remote ranch for the summer, hoping that he'll learn to scumble (control) his talent. As the boy's talent continues to spiral out of control, he also accidentally exposes himself to the biggest mouth in town, Sarah Jane Cabot. David Kremenitzer brings Ledger's voice to life, giving listeners both moments of great levity and strong sympathy as his life tumbles around him. Ledge's highly emotional tones are balanced with the soothing western keel of his Uncle Autry and his even toned, calming father. Although this lyrically paced story about a teen learning to love himself, hidden talents and all, can stand on it's own, it's best suited for library collections already circulating Savvy.—Jessica Miller, New Britain Public Library, CT

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Penguin Publishing Group
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5.20(w) x 5.70(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

New York Timesbestselling author of two novels for young readers,SavvyandScumble. Ingrid's books have been placed on more than 30 state reading lists, and have earned accolades fromPublishers Weekly, Oprah's reading list, the Today Show's Al Roker's Book Club for Kids, and the Smithsonian.Savvywas named a Newbery Honor book in 2009. Ingrid is a huge fan of words and stories, of small towns and big ideas. She lives in Colorado, where she writes full time.

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