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Savvy by Ingrid Law
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Aug 07, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: juvenile-ya, read-in-2009, sci_fi-fantasy, ya-challenge-2, favorites, magical-realism, excited-for, cover-appeal, own, thanks-bill, award-winner-or-nominee, ala-2010, gift
Recommended for: everyone
Read in August, 2009

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 some sort. Mibs' brother, Fish, can manipulate the weather (he caused a hurricane on his 13th birthday), and her brother Rocket manipulates electrcity (his 13th birthday was pretty unusual, too). Mibs' father is the only member of the Beaumont family with no special powers, having married in. When he is involved in a terrible car accident the day before Mibs herself turns 13, Mibs stops wishing for a grand, mind-blowing savvy and wishes instead for something that will help her save her father. With two of her brothers and her pastors kids in two, Mibs leaves her tiny community in the middle of nowhere, between Kansas and Nebraska (or Kansaska-Nebransas, as they call it -- Kansaska Monday-Wednesday, Nebransas Thursday-Saturday) to get to her father and work her savvy. The resulting story is a discovery of self for each character, from their own talents and savvies, to their loves and feelings and inner stength.

I know I made that sound really cheesy, but it's not. Ingrid Law deals with some heavy stuff in a light and engaging manner. The language and Mibs' narration is absolutely perfect. It's charming and funny and unusual. It's addictive, begging to be read aloud. The alliteration and silliness of the language may irritate some people, but I adored it. I don't see how it's possible not to fall in love with Mibs and the Beaumonts, and all of the peripheral characters.

For more, and for some neato bonus material, check out my expanded review on my blog.
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08/28/2009 page 7
2.05% "I've only just started and I think I already love this book."

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message 1: by BOOK BUTTERFLY (new)

BOOK BUTTERFLY Thanks for recommending it to me!

Misty I've read you reviews on your blog, it seemed like a book you'd like. Or at least like to review.

Luann I loved the bonus material on your blog! And you made the word list I only thought about! (See my review.) I also really enjoyed the video you posted where she talked about her next book. Thanks!!

message 4: by . (new) - rated it 3 stars

. Sorry but Mibs' father was actually involved in the accident two days before her birthday not one but otherwise I really enjoyed your review.

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