Savvy by ingrid law a great piece of middle reader fiction
Savvy by Ingrid Law
A Great Piece Of Middle Reader Fiction
Product Description A vibrant new voice . . . a modern classic. 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 its the eve of Mibss
big day. As if waiting werent hard enough, the family gets scary news two
days before Mibss birthday: Poppa has been in a terrible accident. Mibs
develops the singular mission to get to the hospital and prove that her
new power can save her dad. So she sneaks onto a salesmans bus . . .
only to find the bus heading in the opposite direction. Suddenly Mibs
finds herself on an unforgettable odyssey that will force her to make sense
of growing up -and of other people, who might also have a few secrets
hidden just beneath the skin.
A Q&A with Ingrid Law
Question: What inspired you to write Savvy? Answer: When I
started Savvy, I wanted to create a different kind of magic—one that called
to mind the feel of a modern American tall-tale. I wanted to break away
from the traditional tales about magic and find roots in the soil around
me. What would magic look like if it sprang up in the small towns of
America? And what in the world would it be called if I didnt want to call
that distinctive know-how magic? I enjoyed setting Savvy in our ordinary,
everyday world, and filling it with larger-than-life characters who have very
normal, human reactions and fears.
Q: Do you have a distinctive talent, trait or savvy of your own? A:
With a savvy, there is always the element of the ideal versus the reality-
what you dream about versus what you get. If I could pick, my savvy
would probably be the ability to fly or to breathe underwater. But if I were to
declare what my real, true, everyday savvy is, I think that I would have to
say that I smile a lot, even through rough times. And I tend to spill
things-usually on my shirt at dinner parties!
Q: What was your family like growing up? A: Growing up, my family
consisted of a mom, a dad, an older sister, a few (dozen) rabbits,
numerous hamsters, gerbils, several birds, and a goldfish that lived
about twelve centuries in goldfish years. I didnt have a big family like the
Beaumonts, but we did have our own share of unusual attributes, and my
sister and I were always encouraged to follow our hearts and explore
Q: Are any of your characters based on you or your family? A: I think
it might be impossible not to put a tiny bit of oneself into at least a few
characters. Like Samson, I prefer solitude. Like Lester, I tend to twitch.
Like Lill, I often feel big and small at the same time. And like Mibs, I still
struggle to weed out other peoples voices from my head.
Q: Savvy is your first novel. What would you be doing if you werent
writing? A: Id be worrying more! I think that anxiety is simply an active
imagination put to the wrong use. I try to redirect all of the What-Ifs of
worrying into the What-Ifs of storytelling.
Q: Where do you write? A: I have an overstuffed chair thats big
enough for me to sit in cross-legged and pull a laptop table up to when I
write. Its like a nest. Its my favorite place in the house.
* ISBN13: 9780803733060
* Condition: NEW
* Notes: Brand New from Publisher. No Remainder Mark.
Personal Review: Savvy by Ingrid Law
Savvy is one of the 2009 Newbery Honor books. I put it on my list at the
library, and wasn't expecting to get it as quick as I did. I now have Savvy,
The Lucky One, The Graveyard Book, and Across Five Aprils all at once. I
started to read The Lucky One first, even though I really wanted to read
Savvy first. Once I finally got to it, I've been captivated. I finished this one
last night before bed. I couldn't put it down for the last few chapters. I
liked this book more than this years winner, The Graveyard Book.
The Beaumonts have a secret, that can sometimes be problematic,
especially when it shows up on your 13th birthday. Each of the
Beaumonts gains a "Savvy" sometime on their 13th birthday. Mib's
grandpa can literally move mountains, her mother is `perfect', her brother
Rocket can control electricity, and her other brother Fish can control the
weather. Mibs' day is approaching and she has no idea what will happen.
With her mother away caring for her father, Mibs is left alone with her
siblings on her birthday under the supervision of Mrs. Rosemary, the
pastor's wife. She decides to make big plans for Mibs' birthday despite her
protests. Then in the middle of her party, it happens, her Savvy comes.
She isn't quite sure what it is. She with her brother, Fish, Mrs. Rosemary's
chidren, Will Jr. and Bobbie, and Mib's youngest brother Sampson hitch a
ride on a bus headed towards Salinas, where her mother and father are.
Along the way Mibs savvy becomes more clear to her. She begins to
understand it. A first she is disappointed, but then it helps save her brother
and give he insights into the people around her. Mibs begins to embrace
her savvy. While she is embracing hers, Fish is learning to control his.
She and her entourage have quite a trip trying to get to see her poor poppa
in th hospital.
My daughter would have really liked this one, but I couldn't wait for her
slowness I have a bunch to read before they are due back at the library
and I have to get them read. I will have to check this out again for her to
Themes-bullying, running away, car accident, super-natural powers
Setting-modern day, mid-west United States, the Beaumonts home space
created by Grandpa, Kanaska-Nebransas
Main Characters-Mibs (aka Mississippi), Fish, Rocket, Poppa, Will Jr.,
Bobbie (aka Roberta), Sampson, Gypsy, Miss Rosmary, Momma, Poppa,
Pastor Meeks, Lester, Lill
Topic-Almost 13 year-old, Mibs (aka Mississippi) is about to come of-age,
which means something special in her family. On each of their 13th
borthdays, they get their savvy, a supernatural ability. Just before Mibs
birthday her father is in a horrible accident. She and her siblings are elft in
the care of Mrs. Rosemary, the pastors wife. Mibs desperately needs to
see her father, she tries to slip onto a Bible Bus headed towards Salinas
undetected, but her bothers Fish and Sampson, and the pastors children
Bobbi and Will Jr. sneak on for the ride as well. They run into some
adventure along the way.
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