Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Book Review: Savvy by Ingrid Law

Mibs is about to turn thirteen. This is a pretty big event for any kid, but for a Beaumont, it's a much bigger deal. At thirteen, Beaumont kids get their savvy ~ that special, unique quality that has a profound effect on the rest of their life. Mibs' brother Rocket has the power to conduct electricity. Her other brother Fish controls water and storms. Mibs is excited to discover her own savvy. But then her dad is in an accident just two days before her birthday, and everything gets messed up!

In Savvy by Ingrid Law, we are introduced to Mibs and her family, as well as two of the minister's kids who end up on an unexpected adventure with the Beaumont kids. Mibs is determined to make her way to the hospital where her father is recovering from his accident. She jumps aboard a pink bus, driven by a bible-seller, and the rest of the kids find themselves along for the ride.

I don't usually read science fiction novels, but this was one of the books my son read for Battle of the Books, so I wanted to read it myself. It was an interesting story about growing up and learning to control your own feelings, even if it was a bit magical. There was a bit of content related to kids being "interested" in one another, and a little kissing, but nothing too involved in that area. I liked that Mibs told the boy she wasn't ready to be kissing boys, despite just turning 13!

Overall, I can see older elementary and middle schoolers enjoying this one. It's really a coming-of-age story for younger kids, with a little magic thrown in.

My Rating: 4/5

This review is based on a copy of Savvy that I purchased.


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