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Scumble by Ingrid Law
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Feb 06, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: fantasy-no-dragon-such, middle-grade
Recommended for: the Five Peppers with a modern twist
Read in February, 2011

I tried very hard to dislike _Savvy_ and ultimately failed. The opposite proved true for this companion novel. I wanted to like it as much as it's predecessor, but I just...didn't. Law tried her best to infuse this novel with a similar folksy charm, but that was part of the problem. It FELT like she was trying. The natural flow just wasn't there. It felt like Law was dragging her _Scumble_ characters through the action, as opposed to _Savvy_ which read like a runaway train of fun and folly-filled adventure.

What I did appreciate about this new set of characters was the family dynamics. I was thoroughly charmed by the "Island of Lost Toys" vibe of the ranch. Cousins alternately torturing and defending each other, grandfathers who sit in rockers (and move mountains), and sibling rivalries and alliances, with a wide range of savvys providing comic relief and emotional outlets.

A decent book, all in all, but not one to keep on my shelf in the long run.

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