Mibs Beaumont is about to turn thirteen. She is really excited about this because it is the age when all the Beaumonts get their magical powers, which they call a Savvy. But, when her father gets hurt in a tragic accident, she must forget her savvy and use her new friends to help her on an adventure to get things right. A couple of her siblings, their friends from church, and Mibs, of course, sneak on to a bible salesmen's bus, and they hide among the seats. They mistakenly go to the wrong cities repeatedly and have to reveal themselves to the driver, a failure at life named Lester. He reluctantly agrees to take them to their father in the hospital, hundreds of miles away. Meanwhile, Mibs discovers her Savvy and the bible bus picks up hitchhikers and runs in to obstacles.
The only social/historical context I could find was that the book is favored by so many because it kind of deals with the supernatural and society today is infatuated with the supernatural. It is favored by society also because it is just a fun adventure. This book has received the Newberry Honor Award, an Oprah Book Club pick, an Al Roker Club pick, New York Times Bestseller, ALA Notable Book, Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Award, San Francisco Chronicle Best Fiction Book for Young Readers Award, and a Kansas City Star Noteworthy Children's Book Award. It has also become assigned reading in many schools.
Ingrid Law uses a ton of description and metaphor in this book. She also uses comparison and unifies a lot of ideas. She appeals to the children and teens because she talks about things they like and can relate to.
My thoughts are that Savvy would appeal to children and teens, ages 8 up probably. The 342-page book contains action and a little bit of young romance. The writing is excellent and the plot propels the reader through the book. I believe people should read it because it teaches that you can always ask for help from others, to tell the truth, and to do what is right. Also, it has a great storyline that will make you laugh, smile, nod in agreement, throw the book at the wall in frustration, cry, and keep on reading. I think the author's purpose was really just to entertain as well as teach some valuable lessons that generations upon generations need.
Book Reviewed by Danielle DiJohn
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