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Savvy

by Ingrid Law

Savvy
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  • First Published:
    May 2008, 352 pages
    Paperback:
    Mar 2010, 368 pages

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Kids poised on the disconcerting edge adolescence will love traveling along with Mibs Beaumont on her wild, thrilling, and very bumpy ride to selfhood

With Savvy, Ingrid Law bets everything on a single conceit, the idea of a family whose members each possess a unique, sometimes whimsical, sometimes supernatural, talent, which manifests itself on the bearer's thirteenth birthday. Law asserts that her characters' talents or savvys are "not... sorcery," but an "inheritance, like brown eyes or... [a] talent for dancing to polka music ..." However, because of the 'magical' element to the story, bookstores may feel obligated to market it on the Fantasy shelf and readers expecting extravagant otherworldliness will be disappointed.

Mibs's mother explains that, "a savvy is just a know-how of a different sort... a different flavor." And, she asserts, while the Beaumonts' talents are spectacular, they're not the only ones who possess bewildering and wonderful gifts: "Some people know they feel different... but most don't ...

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