August 26th, 2010 by Karen
Do you ever play that game where you and your friends try to decide which super power would be the awesomest one to have? Would you want to fly through the atmosphere, control people’s minds, wield extreme strength? The possibilities are endless, and all delicious in their own way. (I’ve always been partial to invisibility, myself.)
Well, in Savvy by Ingrid Law, each member of the Beaumont family gets a super power when they turn 13. And sure that sounds really cool, but unfortunately, no one gets to choose their power — and guess what: it’s actually really hard to control your gift. So Grandpa ends up causing earthquakes when he’s upset, and the two oldest kids create hurricanes and electricity. Momma’s perfect, but that means she also makes perfect mistakes, never little oversights. And now… it’s Mibs’ turn.
But just before Mibs turns 13, her father is in a horrible car accident and lands in a coma. So when she wakes up on her birthday, Mibs is convinced that the universe intends for her to use her power to heal her dad. But that means traveling to the hospital in another town — so somehow Mibs ends up on a bus with a random crew of companions, including one who seems to hate her and one who’s a total stranger. Oh, and did I mention that the bus is headed in the wrong direction? Yeah…
With this set-up, you can see why I was totally captivated by this story. I couldn’t wait to see what was going to happen! And I loved Mibs as the narrator; even though there are obviously major fantastical elements to the book, I found Mibs to be totally real. I just hope that Mibs puts in an appearance in Scumble, Ingrid Laws’ companion book to Savvy, which just came out this month!
Well, I guess I’ll have to wait until I read Scumble to get an answer to my question. But you don’t have to wait to read Savvy, so go pick up a copy today! And if I still haven’t convinced you, then check out this AMAZING video created by an 11-year-old fan of Savvy named Sunny (with some help from her own family). It’s a stop-motion video of a scene from the book:
Pretty awesome, right? Dude, I think Nancy’s gonna be super jealous when she sees this…