“Savvy” by Ingrid Law

10 Oct


I have started so many books recently only to set them aside through a toxic combination of restlessness and boredom. We're talking dozens here. What a relief it was, then, to pick up Ingrid Law's delightful, quirky novel "Savvy" and roll straight through it, laughing often along the way. This is a sweet, offbeat, wholesome novel about what happens when Mississippi ("Mibs") Beaumont turns thirteen. The Beaumont family are very different from other folks. On a Beaumont's thirteenth birthday, he or she discovers their "savvy," which is basically an exceptional talent or ability unique to the family. Mibs' grandpa can literally move mountains, her brother Rocket conducts electricity, and her brother Fish can summon powerful storms. A savvy takes some "scumbling" to keep in line, so until a Beaumont learns to control this innate power, strange occurrences — like rogue hurricanes and power outages — have been known to occur.

Mibs is a smart, sensitive girl who has been looking forward to finding her savvy for as long as she can remember. As the pivotal birthday approaches, Mibs' regular-guy dad, Poppa, is critically injured in a car accident. While her Momma and Rocket wait at Poppa's bedside miles away, Mibs' birthday party is hijacked by the overbearing wife of a local preacher. Fearing what might happen when her savvy emerges at a public event, and desperately hoping to save her father, Mibs impulsively flees her church party and hops on a bible seller's pink school bus. As it turns out, Mibs isn't the only one on the run. Fish and silent, shadowy little brother Samson have followed her onto the bus, as has the preacher's bratty teenage daughter Bobbi and his solemn, kind son Will Junior. What follows is an odd road trip in which Will Junior and Mibs become closer, Bobbi turns out to be less tough than she appears, and bus driver Lester's two tattoos start talking to Mibs. Yes, you read that one correctly. Despite wishing otherwise, Mibs' savvy involves being able to read people's thoughts through the ink on their skin. You'd be surprised how that comes in handy in the end.

"Savvy" is a lovely hybrid of the coming of age and road trip novel. There are genuine moments of true emotion here between so many of the characters that I literally stopped several times and thought, "Aw, that's awesome!" Mibs is feisty and spunky, but she's also young in an authentic, non-cloying way. Following Mibs and her gang on this journey is one of the better reading experiences I've had in a long time. I can't imagine that there's a middle school girl around who wouldn't get a kick out of this story on so many levels. Enjoy!


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5 responses to ““Savvy” by Ingrid Law

  1. Anonymous

    June 7, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    Sequel coming soon!

    If you liked Ingrid Law’s Savvy, check out its companion novel Scumble – Coming this summer!

    • Anonymous

      June 16, 2010 at 5:22 pm

      Re: Sequel coming soon!

      I’ve gotten my hands on an advanced reading copy of Scumble, and it’s fantastic. If you loved Savvy you will love this as well (and if you haven’t read Savvy you have TWO books to love).

  2. mel1317

    September 21, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    Re: Savvy

    The second book is called “Scumble,” for folks who are interested. Haven’t read it yet myself. You’re right, I read “Savvy” ages ago and barely remember anything besides the school bus. Lol! Here’s the Amazon link for “Scumble.” Thanks for writing!

  3. Anonymous

    July 6, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    wow i read the book over the summer it’s amazing i can’t wait to read the second book is there any other books by her. you should read it

    • mel1317

      July 11, 2012 at 3:17 pm

      AWESOME! I haven’t read Scumble yet, but if you loved Savvy that much, you should definitely check it out. Click here for more info on Scumble. Thanks lots for the comment!


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