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3.98  ·  Rating details ·  46,024 ratings  ·  4,028 reviews
For generations, the Beaumont family has harbored a magical secret. They each possess a "savvy" -a special supernatural power that strikes when they turn thirteen. Grandpa Bomba moves mountains, her older brothers create hurricanes and spark electricity . . . and now it's the eve of Mibs's big day.

As if waiting weren't hard enough, the family gets scary news two days befo

Hardcover, 342 pages
Published May 1st 2008 by Dial Books
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Mabel Mibs is a girl. Her given name is Mississippi, but she goes by Mibs.
Pen&Quill Read No its actually one of those wonderful novel that you can't really tell whatyear its set in or even what decade for that matter. There's no mention of…moreNo its actually one of those wonderful novel that you can't really tell whatyear its set in or even what decade for that matter. There's no mention of high tech things just a phone in the pastors office and at the hotel but I always see it as a land line (remember those. Lol) for me in my minds eye I always saw it set in the late 90's early 2000's but if I use my imagination just a little bit more I can picture it in the 70's but don't let my opinion stop you from seeing it in a different decade because the thing
about this book is there's no definite time line so use your imagination and have fun with it!(less)

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Naomi Licon
Dec 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 12, 2008 rated it it was ok
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 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Nov 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book really exceeded my expectations! I haven't really read books with this kind of plot, and it was interesting for me to read. It seems like such a stereotypical type of story if you read something like a summary, but reading this book on its own is kind of its own thing. I also like that even though each of the books in the trilogy is from different points of view in the same family, it can be read in any order.

This is an amazing book, and I feel like not many people have heard of it, no
Jul 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, kids-fiction
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
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
The Dusty Jacket
Dec 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
There are certain things that the Beaumont family knows about secrets: they need them, they have them, and they keep them. In just a few days, when Mibs turns 13, she’ll join her mother’s side of the family and will have a secret of her very own. That’s when she’ll get her own savvy and her world—as she currently knows it—will never be the same. But before her big day, her father is involved in a terrible accident and left seriously injured. With her newly acquired supernatural power and a pink ...more
Sep 11, 2010 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
Chris Cai
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
An challenging, but fun read. Contains the exploration of emotions, characters, and plot.
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
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
Oct 09, 2008 rated it really liked it
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 discombob
Jeanette (Ms. Feisty)
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
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of the books I read when I was younger, but still love
Ayla Greenbriar-Carstairs
It was okay.
I didn't really expect much from a middle grade and this took me a while to finish, but it wasn't bad!
When i first picked up this book, I was confused. I didn't understand why the words were so odd, why the writing format seemed strange, and even how to book was printed out. After a while, I went back to it. And i'm so glad I did. The first few pages I didn't understand, As i'm a fast reader, so I went back and read it again. The book has taught me to read slower, and to reread if i don't understand. Savvy has amazing characters, and there's just so much emotion in the story. This story deserves ...more
Aug 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing
"In most ways, Mibs, we Beaumonts are just like other people...We get born, and sometime later we die. And in between, we're happy and sad, we feel love and we feel fear, we eat and we sleep and we hurt like everyone else."

—Momma, Savvy, PP. 97-98

"But as I grew up, I began to understand that a savvy is just a know-how of a different sort."

Savvy, P. 122

Honestly, I really am at something of a loss for what else to say about this book. I feel as if a review of this book should liv
Aug 08, 2010 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
Adam Silvera
Thankfully my receipt was my bookmark. I bought this book May 2nd of 2010. I got 325 pages into and gave up. I picked it back up to at least finish it for my Savvy-enthusiastic friend and lo and behold - the next couple of pages are about the main character (Mibs, apparently, I forgot) telling her Muggle (aka NOT savvy) comatose father that he "never gives up" and that is HiS savvy.

Pa, you and I share Savvys. And Alissa, I finished it. You're welcome. ;-) .

The last passages are actually quite
Nov 23, 2008 rated it liked it
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 rated it it was amazing
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!)
Feb 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
I keep hearing this is a Newbery possibility and it really does have that feel. I really enjoyed this book and I know I would have LOVED it as a kid. Clever, funny, and sweet. Read my entire review here: ...more
Lisa Lewis
Sep 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Leanne McNamee
Jul 08, 2021 rated it liked it
My darling daughter loved it, so glad she shared it with me.
Apr 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Re-read 3/30/2019 and still as excellent as before! I thoroughly enjoyed this. And onward once more to Scumble!

**Full Review!!**

What. A. Journey. I can see why it won a Newberry. I would have loved this when I was younger, and I'm already pretty stoked as an "adult". Savvy covers the journey of a young girl named Mississippi, or "Mibs" for short, as she takes a surprise road trip to see her father in the hospital. But this is no ordinary road trip. See, in Mibs' family, whenever someone turns 1
Oct 18, 2008 rated it really liked it
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 rated it it was amazing
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
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