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Savvy by Ingrid Law

j/Law/Newbery, jPb/5-7
For generations, the Beaumont family has harbored a magical secret. They each possess a savvy–a supernatural power they acquire at 13. As her big day approaches, Mibs excitedly anticipates what her particular magic might turn out to be, when the large and close-knot family receives the news that Poppa has been in a serious car accident. While Momma and her oldest brother travel to be near the hospital where Poppa lies in a coma, Mibs and her other siblings stay home with Grandpa awaiting news. Mibs becomes convinced that her savvy, when it comes, will be what is needed to save Poppa. She impulsively sets out to make her way across the state, with a posse of friends and siblings. On the way Mibs learns many things about growing up, including some of her own strengths and weaknesses, and acceptance of disappointment and change.
Really quite a charming story, with a flair for drama, this book caught me up and held me. Mibs is a delightfully normal and confused adolescent who makes mistakes, and is pulled in many directions at once. She is both excited and afraid of the power of her savvy, but in the course of the few days this book covers, already gains the maturity to recognize she is responsible for mastering herself and her powers. Great for ages 9-11, this book will appeal to any lovers of supernatural and/or coming of age stories.

review by Gael Nappa, July 2011

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