by Ingrid Law
Reading level: Ages 10-14
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Dial (May 1, 2008)
Ingrid Law’s first novel, Savvy, has a colorful array of characters who collaborate on an unexpected and heartfelt journey. The story revolves around the Beaumont family, and in particular Mississippi (Mib’s for short). Every family has its quirks, but none are quite as unique as the Beaumonts. Each person in Mib’s family possesses a magical ability, a ‘savvy’. When a member of her family turns 13, their supernatural gift shows itself. For some it is a clever awareness, and for others a major life change that has the potential to be a good resource once they learn to contain its unique power – such as creating hurricanes and electricity, like her brothers.
A few days before Mib’s turns 13, her poppa ends up in the hospital after a car accident. The morning of her birthday Mib’s awakens to believe that her savvy is just right for saving her poppa’s life, the only problem is that the hospital is miles from her house. Her solution … to sneak onto a bus belonging to a bible salesman – this is where the real fun begins and the unforgettable adventure takes off! Not thinking through the plan, Mib’s discovers that the bus is not heading straight to town. The driver has some deliveries to make along the way which turns the relatively short trip into an overnight saga. During the journey Mib’s discovers a lot about herself and realizes that she might not be the only one with a secret.
This is certainly a novel aimed at tweens, and manages to convey pitch-perfect messages dealing with peers, guilt and growing up. While the story is based on the family’s supernatural powers, the emotion and events are certainly the main features that carry this powerful story, and I am positive that any child who reads this will find an element to truly connect with. When an author’s first published novel is this ‘savvy’ one can only look forward to the future.
Check out the book trailer below …
Links: An exclusive TCBR interview with Ingrid Law.
Savvy – a post by Look Books.
Mock Printz (or Newbery): Savvy by Ingrid Law – a post by BCCLS Mock Awards.
Interview: Ingrid Law – a live journal entry by Little Willow.