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Savvy by Ingrid Law
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Oct 01, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: adventure, humor, journeys, middle-school, siblings, special-powers, ya

Each child in the Beaumont family receives a special power or "savvy" when they turn 13 years old. Older brother Rocket's savvy affects electricity. Another brother, Fish, has a savvy that affects the weather. It is almost time for Mibs Beaumont to turn 13 and she is so excited because she wants to find out what her savvy is. On her birthday, her father is in a terrible accident and is in a coma in a hospital many miles away. Rocket and Mama go to visit Papa in the hospital living Mibs, Fish and younger brother Samson at home to celebrate at Mibs' birthday party which Pastor Meeks and his wife have thrown for her. Samson has a turtle that has been totally dead for quite awhile. Everyone but Samson, believes the turtle to be dead. On her birthday, Mibs looks at the turtle and he suddenly pokes his head out of his shell! Believing that her savvy is to bring things back to life, she is sure that if she could just get to papa, she could bring him out of his coma! But how will she get to the hospital in Salina, Kansas? She notices a large pink bus in the parking lot of the church with a sign advertising Bibles and the address of the company is Salina, Kansas! She stows away on the bus (and eventually so does Fish, Samson, and the pastor's two children, Bobbie and Will) hoping she will get to Salina that way. But when the bus turns in a different direction, Mibs is panicked! What will she do now?

This is an enchanting novel. Law uses various literary devices (such as alliteration and onamatopeia) to spice up her narrative. Her "voice" for Mibs is true to that of a 12 year old girl. There is plenty of humor and excitement and once started is very hard to put down! Readers will laugh and cry.
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