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 Mibs 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.
When my brother Fish turned thirteen, we moved to
the deepest part of inland because of the hurricane and, of
course, the fact that hed caused it. I had liked living down
south on the edge of land, next to the pushing-pulling waves.
I had liked it with a mighty kind of liking, so moving had
been hardhard like the pavement the first time I fell off
my pink two-wheeler and my palms burned like fire from
all of the hurt just under the skin. But it was plain that fish
could live nowhere near or nearby or next to or close to or
on or around any largish bodies of water. Water had a way
of triggering my brother and making ordinary, everyday
weather take a frightening turn for the worse.
Unlike any normal hurricane, fishs birthday storm had started without warning. One minute, my brother was tearing paper from presents in our backyard near the beach; the next minute, both fish and the afternoon sky went a funny and fearsome ...
With Savvy, 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.
(Reviewed by Jo Perry).
Full Review (581 words).
The World's Largest Porch Swing and Nurturing Talent
The memory of her family's visits to the World's Largest Porch Swing in Hebron, Nebraska, sustains Mibs during the bumpy bus ride to Salina where her seriously injured father is hospitalized.
Wackiness like The World's Largest Porch Swing has a sweetness in Savvy and has nothing to do with kitschiness. Instead, Law is inviting us to celebrate uniqueness wherever we find it, especially in ourselves. So if you can't make it to Hebron to see the swing, the World's Largest Things website will tell you what's unique in your neck of the woods, i.e. Kingsburg California's World's Largest Box of Raisins; Minnesota's World's Largest Ball of Twine, or Oklahoma's World's ...
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