book Review

savvy

Summary: Age 13 is when a Beaumont’s savvy (her magical power) hits—and with one brother who causes hurricanes and another who creates electricity, Mibs Beaumont is eager to see what she gets. But just before the big day, Poppa is in a terrible accident. And now all Mibs wants is a savvy that will save him. In fact, Mibs is so sure she’ll get a powerful savvy that she sneaks a ride to the hospital on a rickety bus with her sibling and the preacher’s kids in tow. After this extraordinary adventure—full of talking tattoos and a kidnapping—not a soul on board will ever be the same.

What I liked about this book:

First of all, this novel had a fantastic first line!

“When my brother Fish turned 13, we moved to the deepest part of inland because of the hurricane and, of course, the fact that he’d caused it”.”

Doesn’t it just set off fireworks in your mind? Immediately, the reader understands that there will be a magical aspect to this novel.

Moving on…

The author, Ingrid Law, managed to give Mibs an authentic southern accent without using cheesy words like “Y’all” and “yee-haw!” or “Gawsh.” This, I think, is something that many writers with characters from the south struggle with. Ingrid Law pulled it off flawlessly.

The characters in the novel do the most creative things! The father of Mibs is injured from a car crash and she desperately wants to join her mother and eldest brother in keeping him company. Unfortunately, her father is in a hospital in the next city. Instead of asking some nice neighbor to drive them, she and her sibling stow away on a pink bible delivery bus.

However, underneath the veil of magical powers and pink buses and the thrill of being on the run, this story has something heartfelt at its core. This isn’t just the story of children with magical powers. This is also the tale of siblings who know that their father is gravely injured and want to comfort him.

What could have been better:

Although I liked the idea of children sneaking away in a pink bible delivery bus, it seemed hard to believe that stowing away was there first idea of how to get to the city. Why didn’t they ask an adult to drive them. Naturally, there would be no story then but I do wish that the author had better explained the reasoning behind the children’s decision.

In conclusion:

Due to the creative idea, magical (pun not intended) writing and emotional resonance, I would rate this book as 3.9 stars. I would also recommend this novel to readers of Diana Wynne Jones and Eva Ibbotson.

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