Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Book Review: Savvy, by Ingrid Law

I purchased Savvy, by Ingrid Law last summer at the national SCBWI conference, where she spoke as one of the keynote speakers. (Her book received a Newberry Honor award). I gave the signed copy to my 13 year old daughter, who absolutely loved it. Finally I picked it up last week and read it for myself. I also found it delightful, so I decided to share it with you.

Mibs (short for Mississippi) is a wonderful character who turns 13 in the beginning of the story. It is an important age for anyone but especially for the Beaumonts, who find out at 13 what their "savvy" is. Her brother Rocket can create electricity. Her brother Fish can make hurricanes. Her grandfather can move mountains. Now it's her turn. But on her thirteenth birthday she isn't able to be home with her family for a quite celebration and the onset of her savvy.

Her father gets into an accident, turning everything upside down and sending her and some new friends on an adventure that teaches them some hard life lessons.

I found it was a comming of age story about friendship, trust and believing in oneself. I would definately recomend it to middle grade readers--and adults who like sweet stories.

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