Savvy by Ingrid Law
As if being a teenager and dealing with all the complications of adolescence and puberty weren’t bad enough, this family has another reason to anticipate and fear the onset of the teen years in their children. On the thirteenth birthday, something remarkable happens. Their “savvy” or special talent, wakes up and as the back cover says
“What if your grandpa moves mountains, one of your brothers causes hurricanes, another creates electricity, and now it’s your turn?”
Mibs Beaumont is waiting eagerly for her 13th birthday and the chance to find out what her savvy will be, however everything changed with the ringing of the phone. Her father is in trouble, and she has to face the onset of her savvy without the guidance of her parents. Determined to help her father, she sets out to find him by any means necessary, which results in a heap of trouble for her, her brothers, and some new friends they meet along the way.
I must say I really enjoyed reading Savvy. I think that this is just a great time for young adult fiction – so many great works coming out these days. This story of a young girl coming of age is so different from what is often found on the book shelves. Instead of concerns over the mall and television, you have a character with depth and determination. When I was middle school aged, there was so little out there for me to read or identify with that it was hard to get engaged in books meant for adolescent girls. I was reading my father’s science fiction and fantasy because it was far more interesting to me than what was offered in my age level, though often what I read was probably not age appropriate.
Though I wasn’t necessarily concerned about strange powers awakening, I think any teen can identify with the idea of being a bit different and standing out, and the process of coming to terms with it. Unlike so many other stories, Mibs doesn’t give in to other people’s expectations in order to find happiness, but becomes more comfortable in her own skin.
I am glad to have gotten the opportunity to read this book, and will be using it in my classroom. I work with middle school students and I really think they will enjoy this book as much as I did.
Thanks Ingrid, for making sure I got a copy of the book!