My husband and I are always on the lookout for good books to read to the children (or listen to on CD). Our latest technique involves searching through the Newberry awards and honorable mentions. Once such book is Savvy, written by Ingrid Law and an honorable mention in 2010. I knew that the whole family would like the book as soon as I read the first couple of sentences on the back of the book.
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 outdoor furniture. Grandpa Bomba moves mountains, her older brothers create hurricanes and spark electricity… and now it’s the eve of Mibs’s big day.
Superpowers! What’s better than superpowers to young children (mine were 7 and 9 when we read this) and science fiction fan adults? The kids were entranced after the first chapter of the book.
The family lives on the border of Kansas and Nebraska, so they mix the two names together when they talk about where they live. Grandpa talks about how he created a apartments in springfield mo. Mibs reminisces about watching her grandmother catch radio waves out of the air and can them and about what happen when her brother Rocket got his electrical savvy and her brother Fish received his weather savvy.
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