SavvyTitle: Savvy
Author: Ingrid Law
Narrator: Lily Blau
ISBN: 9780143143482
Discs: 8 CDs/ 7 hours
Produced: Penguin Audio; Midwest Tape, c2008

“My savvy is going to be a good one,” I told my brother Rocket. “I just know it.”
“Girls don’t get the powerful jujubes,” said Rocket, running one hand through his dark shock of unkempt hair with a crackle of static. “Girls only get quiet, polite savvies-sugar and spice and everything humdrum savvies. It’s boys who get the earthshaking kinds of savvy.”

Mississippi “Mibs” Beaumont is about to turn 13, which is when people in her family develop their own special, magical gift, or savvy. Just before that special day however, her father is involved in a car accident. Her mother and older brother rush to tend to their father in a coma, and leaves Mibs, her grandfather, 14 year old Fish, seven year old Sampson, and three year old baby sister Gypsy in the house. On her birthday, Mibs has the unmistakable urge to go see her father, convinced that her secret savvy will help her father recover. She steals away with her two brothers and the preacher’s children on a pink Bible delivery bus, and the adventures begin. With Mibs and her brother Fisch trying to stifle their savvys and get them under control before they are discovered, they both realize that they aren’t the only ones who have secrets.

Savvy by Ingrid Law is a beautifully written book. I had two tracks to go when I pulled into my driveway last night, so I ended up bringing it into my house to finish, because I couldn’t wait till tomorrow. This is the first audiobook where I couldn’t wait for my drive to finish it. The story goes until the very end, and pulls you in with its simplicity. Law has a great command of language, and the sheer amount of alliteration in her poetic writing is impressive. “The itch and scritch of birthday buzz was about all I was feeling on the Thursday before the Friday before the Saturday I turned thirteen.” I can definitely understand how it won a Newbery Honor, and it has my whole-hearted recommendation. This is a must listen, especially with Lily Blau’s narration, punctuating the entire book with different voices that match the characters perfectly.

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