Heartwarming with a sense of nostalgia!


The Beaumont family has a little secret: when you turn 13, your “savvy” (aka their supernatural power) is revealed. Grandpa Bomba can move the earth; brother Fish can cause storms, and older brother Rocket can create electricity. Mississippi "Mibs" Beaumont can't wait until her 13th birthday when she can come into her own savvy and leave behind memories of mean rumors and annoying school bullies. Even though her brother said that girls don't get the "big" savvies, Mibs doesn't believe him.

Right before her big day, Poppa (dad) is in a severe accident and is now in a coma. Recovery is going to take a long time, and he won't be there for her birthday. That's okay, because Mibs has a plan. She also has a hunch about how her savvy could help her dad. Her siblings and friends secretly hitchhiked and found their way to Salina Hope Hospital. Thus begins a crazy but incredible adventure to save Poppa’s life and bring him home.

BTSYA / Teen Reader (16):
I really love this book. I first read Savvy when I was about 10, and I remember absolutely loving it then. Honestly? It is one of the first books I ever reread in my life. I was curious to see how I would react to the story at an older age. Reading it this time was definitely quite nostalgic and heartwarming, and all the little reasons why I loved it when I first read it, came flooding back to me.

What stands out most for me is Ingrid Law’s writing style. The plot is always exciting and interesting, and Law Ingrid Law never offered a dull or insignificant moment. I like that she puts little anecdotes, bits of humor, and other small but significant details here and there. They give Mib her voice, animate the story, and make it genuine. Unlike the main character's narration in many other books, Mibs often has deep reflections about the thoughts and emotions she feels in her head. I like that parallel to the events in the plot, Mibs internally struggles with the idea of growing up, as well as learning that people’s identities are deeper than what they may seem on the surface.

I also like that the author leaves us with the impression that Mibs struggles and feels the same emotions of any young kid may face, regardless of the fact that she has a special “savvy” power. Overall, I love the growth and development in all the characters. Many are moved and changed for the better at the end of the story.

Savvy is a book I will cherish as a part of my childhood, and I’m grateful I decided to pick it up and relive the story once more again. Of all things, this book is much of a comfort to me. I like how Mibs learns that it’s important to take things slow and appreciate the small things in life, regardless of the passing of time. I hope that the thoughtful message in Savvy can also be a piece of comfort to other readers as well.

Savvy is a great choice for readers 7 to 15, mostly because Mibs is in the middle of that age range. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to younger or older readers, though, because it is such a heartwarming and wonderful book, regardless of your age. This is definitely something that would make a wonderful gift for a friend, as well.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Vivid writing and wonderful characters are just the beginning of why readers young and old will clamor to spend more time with Mibs and the Beaumont clan!

Content Awareness Factors:

None noted.

Type of Book:
This is the first book in a fantasy series about a family who secretly harbors magical powers.
Educational Themes:

Read this for fun ... then start a discussion about family superpowers!

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
11 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
8 and Up
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer age: 16
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. This is a book you can share as a whole family, and everyone (no matter how old or young) will enjoy the heartwarming story.

Title Savvy

Savvy, Book 1

Author Ingrid Law
Publisher Puffin Books, a Penguin Random House Company © 2010
ISBN 9780142414330
Material Paperback
Cost $7.99
Genres Family, Fantasy, Growing Up
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