Title: Savvy
Series: No, but has companion novel that comes after it, ‘Scumble’
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers
Author: Ingrid Law
Age Range: 9-12
Lexile: [?] 1070L
AR Level: [?] 6.0
Formats: book, ebook, audio
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Rating: 3.7/5 (3 votes cast)


Mibs Beaumont is about to turn thirteen, which in the Beaumont family means her “savvy”-her special power-is about to strike. Her brothers’ savvies let them create hurricanes and spark electricity, but Mibs has yet to learn what her savvy is. Then, two days before her birthday, her father is in a terrible car accident. He is sent to a hospital two hours from their isolated small town, and Mibs determines that she must get there, adamant that her savvy is going to help save him. She ends up on a traveling bible salesman’s pink bus with all her siblings and the preacher’s children, including the preacher’s son, Will, who has a crush on her. The story chronicles the ups and downs of their journey to the hospital-where, in the end, Mibs’s savvy (she can hear the thoughts and feelings of people with ink on their skin) helps her hear Poppa’s tattoo speak and, ultimately, save his life.


This book has won several awards and is a nice read. Even though the main characters are young teens, the content and story are fine for 9-12 year-olds, and even precocious readers.


None [?]
‘Bobbi cussed like a trucker.’

Sexual Content

A young teen boy surprises Mibs with a chaste kiss underwater at the pool. An adult woman lays a pretty serious kiss on a man.


A homeless man is described as ‘ whiskered and filthy and stinking of drink and despair’.




Mibs will be homeschooled until she can control her savvy. Her school mates accuse her of being homeschooled because she is a ‘friendless freak’ or just a freak. Mibs sneaks aboard a bus to get a ride to where her dad is. An adult cousin is described as ‘light-fingered’. One of the adults has a stutter, though it is not mocked or made fun of.


Refers to God as the creator of the world. ‘Lord’s Day’, idea of God watching out for people, prayer, Bibles

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Savvy, 3.7 out of 5 based on 3 ratings

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