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Schimmer (Savvy #1)

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Mibs is about to turn thirteen, and in her remarkable family, becoming a teenager means finally discovering your extra-special ability - your savvy.

Will Mibs's savvy be strong enough to guide her through the journey of a lifetime?
Published (first published 2008)
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Naomi Licon
Dec 15, 2013 Naomi Licon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book Savvy by Ingrid Law is a fantastic fantasy novel.It's about a girl named Mibs who is turning thirteen, and in her family, turning into a teenager means that she will receive her special ability called a Savvy. It's a great novel filled with a bunch of fun adventures.
In the book Savvy Mibs lives between Nebraska and Kansas, she is no ordinary girl. In her family at the age of thirteen everybody gets their Savvy. On her older brothers thirteenth birthday his savvy was to control electri
Nov 18, 2008 Nicholas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in comedy and adventure
Savvy is the new book from up and coming author author: Ingrid Law]. The book is an intriguing look into the life of an extra special family known as the Beaumont's. The Beaumont's are endowed with what they refer to as their own personal "Savvy," some type of supernatural power that they develop on or around their thirteenth birthday. The story focuses on the young protagonist Mississippi (Mibs) Beaumont who is rapidly approaching this fateful date. When her father is involved in a car accident ...more
Claire Scott
Meh. I wanted to like Savvy, but it felt manipulative and overwritten to me... the same vibe I got from The Underneath and The Higher Power of Lucky. This one, not surprisingly, is a Newbery contender as well. A florid style, faux vernacular, and over-the-top alliteration (and cutesy vocabulary) does not equal literary merit! I felt like it lacked both strength and authenticity.

The story itself could have stood on its own, and with a different writing style I might have enjoyed it. I like sto
Nov 14, 2008 Julia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
"Monday through Wednesday, we called our thin stretch of land Kansaska. Thursday through Saturday, we called it Nebransas."

It's writing like this that makes Savvy fun and quirky. Law especially captures the as the main character, a young girl named Mississippi (Mibs) Beaumont.

Mibs and her family share a special secret: that on their 13th birthday they get a certain power. For example, Mibs' brother Fish can cause hurricanes and thunderstorms, and her other brother Rocket can generate electricit
Jul 10, 2008 babyhippoface rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-fiction, fantasy
I liked just about everything about Savvy. Interesting characters--Mibs, Fish, Lester, Lill, Will Junior, Bobbi, all well-developed. I really enjoyed getting to know these characters. I had high hopes for Lester, smiled when Lill brought out the best in him, and worried when trouble met the big pink bus.

While the story concept is intriguing, it's Ingrid Law's writing that made the story shine. She has a wonderful savvy for words, if you will. Mib's description of her father, for instance: He was
Kids, please don't hitchhike aboard a stranger's bus...

I actually had to look up the criteria for a Newberry Medal after reading this. Even as an "honor" medal, I couldn't believe that it deserved the title of "most distinguished contribution to American literature for children." But I guess that's not really up to me, it's up to 15 people to decide.

But...if it were up to me, this book would probably get a medal for "best concoction of invented and real words...without saying much." I fully adm
Oct 09, 2008 Angela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
What struck me about this book was the use of language. It is not often that you find such playful and creative words in a middle-grade novel. The plot and numerous characters may be too complex for some younger readers, but the words are not to be missed. Here's was my write-up for the bookstore:

It's chock-full of delicious words & phrases:

"hobbledehoy boy"
"fizgiggley girls"
"persnickety moment"
"niminy-piminy thing"
"razzmatazz radio"
"full hokeypokey"
"marching herky-jerky"
"becoming discom
This is one of the most engaging stories/narrators I have read in awhile. I tried hard to think of something I didn;t like, just for some balance (not because I am such a negative person), and I still have yet to come up with something. There's a great magical realism/tall-tale feel to it, which is refreshing in a ya book.

Savvy is the story of Mibs (Mississippi) Beaumont and her rather unusual family. At 13, every member of the Beaumont family discovers they have a "savvy," a special power of so
Sep 11, 2010 Cara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: middle grade readers
Recommended to Cara by: Valerie
Shelves: fantasy, 2010, siblings
I picked this up because of a strong recommendation and when I heard some of it was set in Kansas I was sold. Since I'm a native Kansan I knew I was going to like the book even more because of that little fact.

Mississippi (most commonly known as Mibs) is just about to turn thirteen. A big step in any kid's life, but in Mib's family turning thirteen means a whole lot more than becoming a teenager, you also get your savvy. A savvy is a special power you have and for everyone it's different. Mib's
Jennifer Wardrip
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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 ki
Claire Epperson
Wow. Just wow. This book - so disappointing. Just wow.

This was the book we read for book club and I had to force myself through it. I mean, really? On like page 150 they were still on the bus! I am not sure if this is supposed to be an adventure book or what but some, I don't know excitement would have been preferable. They only met one new person and of course everything works out just peachy. Of course the kids names have to do with their powers (Rocket-electricity, Fish-water) even though th
Lisa Lewis
Sep 05, 2008 Lisa Lewis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 4th-8th graders; lovers of fantasy
Shelves: fantasy
Absolutely precious and enjoyable. Ingrid Law has a wonderful imagination, and she is great with figurative language and nonsensical words. I smiled through the entire read.

Ms. Lewis
Aug 08, 2010 Valerie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
It’s hard to believe that this book was mostly in the course of one day. Seriously, when they were at the pool I was thinking it was the next day. I couldn’t believe not even 24 hours had passed, and it was on Mib’s 13th birthday of all days. Twelve/Thirteen wasn’t the best time for me so I tend to pick older or younger protagonists to avoid the period all together, but I heard this was such a good book from reviews and it’s a modern day fantasy and that is always something I like.

The road trip
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
This was a fun little romp. The author has a playful way with words that just tickles me.
Mississippi "Mibs" Beaumont is awaiting her 13th birthday with both eagerness and trepidation. In the Beaumont family, a 13th birthday activates your "savvy," giving you a special power that is uniquely yours. Each person's savvy is always a big surprise, so the family always gets a little nervous as the big day approaches. What will that child's new power be, and will she/he be able to "scumble"(control) i
Nov 23, 2008 Wendy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: newbery-honor
This is getting some Newbery buzz, but I wasn't thrilled. A good story, well-developed, but I wouldn't say distinguished; it felt a little flat, like the plot was supposed to be enough to drive it. Others have made other good comparisons, but it reminded me of Little Miss Sunshine.

The most interesting parts to me were about the relationship between Mibs and her perfect mother; I would have liked to see that explored a lot more. I guess this is good fluff with some meat, and I would have enjoyed
Aug 13, 2015 Renata rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Renata by: Abby Johnson
I'd heard Abby's booktalk for this like ten times and it always made me super stoked to read it, but it took me awhile to get around to it!


It's kind of like if Flannery O'Connor wrote an X-Men story? Which: I wish she would have. But instead I will happily take this (and Scumble, ASAP!)
2017: I think the charm wore off a bit by the time I read this for the third time. Perhaps it just does not stand up to frequent re-readings. This time I read it as a read-a-loud to my kids. 2 of them loved it as much as I did upon my first reading and 1 thought it was just okay. Surprisingly, to me anyway, it was my daughter who thought it was okay and my 2 boys who loved it.

2008: This book pretty much enchanted me from start to finish.
Savvy is the story of Mibs Beaumont, who on the eve of her
Aug 11, 2008 Terri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: grades 4-7
Recommended to Terri by: Kristi Hazelrigg
Mississippi Beaumont, better known as Mibs, is the soon-to-be thirteen-year-old daughter in an extraordinary family, a family whose members, usually on their thirteenth birthday, become aware of and able to use their "savvy," a supernatural gift or power. Don't get me wrong, they're not superheroes, just ordinary people who each have one extraordinary ability. Grandpa can move mountains, literally. Rocket can create electricity, and Fish creates weather (not always under control). Each Beaumont ...more
Nov 18, 2008 Alex rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Savvy is a great book for young readers, as well as those that are young at heart. Ingrid Law shows great imagination and depth in her story about a girl, who on a quest to help her ailing father, discovers what makes her special from everyone else.

Mibs, the protagonist of Savvy, comes from a family that has many special attributes. Her grandfather can move mountains, one of her brothers causes storms, and her other brother can create electricity. As you can imagine, she has much to live up to.

BJ Rose
The Beaumont family members all have "savvy", a special-to-each-person extraordinary ability that exhibits at age 13; Mibs is just coming of age as this story begins. She has been looking forward to her 13th birthday and learning just what her "savvy" will be, but two days before her birthday her father is in a serious car accident and is in a coma in the hospital. Her mother wants to be there with him, and Mibs and two of her brothers are left in the care of the preacher's wife. On her birthda ...more
Jan 30, 2008 Christy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Shauna, Anna
I would recommend this charming coming-of-age story just for the ticklesome "voice" of Mibs Beaumont. Each person in her family has a supernatural (and often quirky) gift, or savvy, which must be scumbled before they are fit to mingle with the public. Mibs comes to terms with her own disappointing gift and recognizes that even non-Beaumonts wield their own savvies. A delightful book from a first-time author. Comes out in May.
Feb 02, 2008 Betsy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whoops! Can't review this one here. Have to do it professionally (consarn it). In any case, I think the first chapter is a strong strong piece of work. The rest of the book never quite reaches its full potential, but that isn't to say that it isn't a great great read. I'm looking forward to Law's other books.
Honestly, this wasn't a bad book, it was probably just me. I couldn't really get into the plotline, and while the concept of savvy powers wasn't particularly bad, Mib's savvy was downright weird and unexplainable.
Apr 01, 2008 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Two days before Mississippi “Mibs” Beaumont turns thirteen, her father is critically injured in a car accident and left comatose in Salina Hope Hospital. Coming of age in Mibs’ family is special, though—her mom’s side of the family all have “savvies,” superpowers of sorts ranging from doing everything perfectly (her mother) to her brother Rocket’s command of electricity (he burns out light bulbs when he’s upset but is the only one who can jump-start their ancient station wagon) to her Grandpa Bo ...more
Sep 02, 2009 Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Imagine what it would be like to wake up on your thirteenth birthday with a special superpower...maybe the ability to control the wind, create electricity, cause earthquakes, or read minds. Well, that's exactly what happens to the all the kids in the Beaumont family in the book Savvy by Ingrid Law. Savvy is a unique, quirky story about a seemingly ordinary family with extraordinary powers.

The main character in the book is a young girl named Mississippi, but everyone calls her Mibs. Mibs is about
This was pretty much the book that got me into reading, and it definitely has a special place in my heart. The idea of savvies is such a cool thing to imagine (I'm sure everyone who's read this has wondered what their's might be) and it's brought to life so well in this book to bring you along on this crazy, unforgettable journey along with the characters. I honestly cannot praise Ingrid Law enough for crafting this tale - every single character has development through the story and they really ...more
Brooke Wayne
Feb 17, 2017 Brooke Wayne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I want a savvy!!!
Jun 23, 2008 Tasha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-books
In Mibs' family, turning thirteen is the most special of birthdays. And Mibs is days away from turning thirteen. In her family, almost everyone gets their savvy on their thirteenth birthday, a special power that they then need to figure out how to harness and use. One of her brothers, Fish, has the power to control wind, and on his thirteenth birthday he created a hurricane. That's why they now live far far from any water in Kansas. As Mibs' birthday approaches, her father is in a terrible accid ...more
Nov 04, 2009 Violet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
COUNT AS TWO BOOKS! Mississippi Beaumount was born to a long line of family with superpowers that they gain once they reach the age of thirteen. Mibs (Mississippi) is anxious to discover hers, but when tragedy strikes her family, all she can think about is the well-being of her father. In an attempt to visit him she takes a cross country trip, while meeting interesting characters along the way and being put in difficult situations with her new power.
This book was greaat, there was so much acti
The Beaumont family has a secret. For generations, on their 13th birthday every Beaumont is endowed with a special magical gift, or 'savvy'. Mibs Beaumont can't wait to discover what her gift will be. Her grandfather can move mountains. Her brothers can cause storms and create electricity. Mibs is sure that her gift will be something special. But, 2 days before her birthday, her father is critically injured in an accident and lies comatose in the hospital. Mibs is certain that her undiscovered g ...more
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“I suppose you can never tell right off who might have a piece of Prince Charming deep down inside.” 74 likes
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