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3.97  ·  Rating details ·  42,667 ratings  ·  3,792 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

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Hardcover, 342 pages
Published May 1st 2008 by Dial Books (first published 2008)
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Mabel Mibs is a girl. Her given name is Mississippi, but she goes by Mibs.
Rachel Not in the slightest. Savvy takes place in a world that is like the real world except for the powers the main character's family has.

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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
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Claire
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
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Nicholas
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
Julia
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
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Pricky
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
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babyhippoface
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
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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
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Cara
Sep 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: middle grade readers
Recommended to Cara by: Valerie
Shelves: 2010, fantasy, 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
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Chris Cai
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
An challenging, but fun read. Contains the exploration of emotions, characters, and plot.
Misty
Aug 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
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
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Marta Morrison for TeensReadToo.com

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
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Angela
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 discom
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Leyna
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of the books I read when I was younger, but still love
Calista_C2
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
Valerie
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
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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
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Wendy
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
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Renata
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!

GUESS WHAT I LOVED 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!)
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
Emily
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
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Jeanette
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
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Terri
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
Alex
Nov 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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.

W
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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
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
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Christy
Jan 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
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.
Betsy
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.
Kristen Jorgensen
Oct 26, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: newbery-honor
This was great. It was entertaining, and had a great message to kids. Not only are all children encouraged to figure out their on "Savvy" or skill, but to listen to their own voice and not let others control what we think in our heads.
vic (indefinite hiatus)
did i care for this book? whatsoever?
no i really didn't..


oops just sue me.


rtc
Austin "The Roblox God"👌
Because I have to for a grade. So this book was not great nor bad more like good but could of been better. But it is a young book and I'm a 8th grader
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