Monday, October 11, 2010

Savvy - Ingrid Law

Also reviewed by Kari.

Summary: Mibs Beaumont is about to become a teenager. As if that prospect weren't scary enough, thirteen is when a Beaumont's savvy hits - and with one brother who causes hurricanes and another who creates electricity, it promises to be outrageous... and totally thrilling.

But just before the big day, Poppa is in a terrible accident. Suddenly, Mibs's dreams of x-ray vision disappear like a flash of her brother's lightening: All she wants now is a savvy that will save Poppa. 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. But when the bus starts heading in the wrong direction only one thing is certain: After this extraordinary adventure not a soul on board will ever be the same.

Reading the fantastical tale of the Beaumont family will leave you as changed as if you'd just discovered your own savvy - and who's to say you won't, once you've learned how to look?
Summary from book, cover photo from barnesandnoble.com

My Review: Mibs Beaumont is approaching that all important birthday, thirteen, when the savvy surfaces for all Beaumont children. She is anxiously awaiting the reveal of her magical power when tragedy hits, resulting in the hospitalization of her father. With her mother and eldest brother at her father's side, Mibs is forced to face her time of change virtually alone. She becomes convinced that her power is meant to save her father so she attempts to make her way to the hospital and thus the drama unfolds.

Mibs has always been an outsider in school and when she finds herself aboard the bus with an older popular girl who has consistently taunted her in the past she is afraid at first. Over time Mibs realizes that maybe this bully isn't as strong as she makes herself out to be, her rough exterior is only covering for a soft insecure interior. Mibs also discovers that she is not the only one with secrets. The message sent young readers is that they are never as alone in the world as they may feel.

This is a fun story ideal for the 8-12 year-old audience. Kids will be able to relate to the quirky characters inside these pages, flaws and all. As the mystery unfolds at a perfect pace, this story is sure to keep readers with their noses in the book. At the heart of this novel is the moral of embracing differences and unconditional love. This will be a sure-fire hit within it's genre and I am anxious to read it with my eight-year-old son.

My Rating: 4 Stars

To Sum it up: A magical tale with a female heroine that will capture hearts

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