I finally had a chance to read SAVVY by Ingrid Law and I LOVED it! Who hasn't loved it, really? Everyone I have talked to who has read the book has loved it. It is showing up on Mock Newbery lists everywhere. It is definitely one of my top 5 picks for the Newbery this year. At this point--since I am so late in reading it--it seems silly to tell you what it is about. Many others have done that already.
This book received a starred award in Booklist, Kirkus, AND Publisher's Weekly--WOW!
First of all, I loved the whole concept of this book--that everyone has a savvy. In Mibs' family, you get your savvy when you are 13 and she is getting ready for her 13th birthday. A savvy is a special thing that you can do--helping define who you are. Of course this is a growing up kind of story. Mibs is struggling a bit with growing up while she is also worrying about her father, who has been in a car accident.
I love books where people are thrown together and good things happen. In Savvy, kids and adults are thrown together on a bus ride and the relationships grow as they are together on the bus. We get to know each and every character well (which is huge for me as a reader) and I ended up seeing the good in each and every one.
I guess this would be considered a fantasy. The savvy definitely makes it that. But, it reads like realistic fiction. It will definitely appeal to a wide range of audiences--boys and girls, a pretty wide age range. I am thinking 4th or 5th grade is the youngest who would enjoy this book. I'm hearing lots of teachers and librarians doing book talks around this one. I could definitely see that.
On an aside, I'll never be able to see a tattoo again without thinking of this book!
In writing this review, I discovered Ingrid Law's blog and think I may become addicted. It is a good one! (The title alone makes me happy!)
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