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Publisher Comments:

A vibrant new voice...a modern classic.

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. Grandpa Bomba moves mountains, her older brothers create hurricanes and spark electricity...and now it's the eve of Mibs's big day.

As if waiting weren't hard enough, the family gets scary news two days before Mibs's birthday: Poppa has been in a terrible accident. Mibs develops the singular mission to get to the hospital and prove that her new power can save her dad. So she sneaks onto a salesman's bus...only to find the bus heading in the opposite direction. Suddenly Mibs finds herself on an unforgettable odyssey that will force her to make sense of growing up and of other people, who might also have a few secrets hidden just beneath the skin.

Review:

"In Mississippi Beaumont's family, turning 13 means your savvy kicks in. When her grandfather turned 13, he created Idaho. And when her brother turned 13, he caused a hurricane. At the start of Law's winning debut novel, Mississippi's 13th birthday is only two days away.With her dad in a coma after a horrible car accident, Mississippi is convinced that her savvy will have something to do with waking people up. Along with her brothers, the cute preacher's son and his obnoxious gum-chomping sister, she sneaks aboard a delivery bus she believes is heading toward her dad, hoping to save him. The thing about Mississippi? She's not always right. Turns out, her savvy has her hearing a whole bunch of voices — in her head. When people around her have any type of ink — say, a tattoo or a pen mark — on their skin, she can't help but read their minds. What makes this book so engaging is that aside from the whole mind-reading thing, Mississippi isn't extraordinary. She's not excessively brilliant, incredibly attractive or overly girly. She's afraid of growing up. She prefers to be called Mibs, but the mean girls call her Missy-Pissy. She wishes she could mess up less and be more like her perfect mom. (Literally, perfect — that's her mother's savvy.) Readers, boys and girls alike, will see a bit of themselves in Mibs. Also, the Beaumonts aren't the only ones with savvys. Normal people (the bus driver, the hitchhiker, the obnoxious gum-chomper) have them, too — they just don't recognize them. As Mibs's mom says, 'One person might make strawberry jam so good that no one can get enough of it.... There are even those folks who never get splashed by mud after a rainstorm or bit by a single mosquito in the summertime.' The 10-year-old boy or the 40-year-old mom reading the book — they might just have one, too. Besides saving her dad, Mibs's quest in the novel is to learn to 'scumble' — in other words, control her savvy. She has to learn to quiet the voices she hears, and to find her own voice. Law has definitely found hers. Short chapters and cliffhangers keep the pace quick, while the mix of traditional language and vernacular helps the story feel both fresh and timeless. And while road-trip novels tend to be more about the journey than the destination, the ending, like Momma's savvy, is pretty perfect. I wasn't sure how Law was going to manage it without going all fairy-tale, but she does the story justice, making the conclusion happy and heart-rending simultaneously, resisting the urge to tie it all up with a fancy ribbon and a happily ever after.Law's savvy? She's a natural storyteller who's created a vibrant and cinematic novel that readers are going to love. Ages 9-11. Sarah Mlynowski is the author of the Magic in Manhattan series, the most recent of which is Spells & Sleeping Bags (paperback reprint from Delacorte due this month), and, with E. Lockhart and Lauren Myracle, the coauthor of How to Be Bad (HarperTeen, May)." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Law's storytelling is rollicking, her language imaginative, and her entire cast of whacky, yet believable characters delightful...wholly engaging and lots of fun." Booklist

Review:

"With its delightful premise and lively adventure, this book will please a wide variety of audiences, not just fantasy fans." School Library Journal

Review:

"A film is already in development, and if it lives up to this marvel-laden debut, it'll be well worth seeing." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

For generations, the Beaumont family has harbored a magical secret. They each possess a savvy — a supernatural power they acquire at 13. On the eve of Mibs's big day, she finds herself on an unforgettable odyssey that will force her to make sense of growing up.

Synopsis:

Mary OHara is a sharp and cheeky 12-year-old Dublin schoolgirl who is bravely facing the fact that her beloved Granny is dying. But Granny cant let go of life, and when a mysterious young woman turns up in Marys street with a message for her Granny, Mary gets pulled into an unlikely adventure. The woman is the ghost of Grannys own mother, who has come to help her daughter say good-bye to her loved ones and guide her safely out of this world. She needs the help of Mary and her mother, Scarlett, who embark on a road trip to the past. Four generations of women travel on a midnight car journey. One of them is dead, one of them is dying, one of them is driving, and one of them is just starting out.

Praise for A Greyhound of a Girl

STARRED REVIEW
“A warm, witty, exquisitely nuanced multigenerational story.”

Kirkus Reviews, starred review

STARRED REVIEW

“This elegantly constructed yet beautifully simple story, set in Ireland and spun with affection by Booker Prize–winner Doyle, will be something different for YA readers. These four lilting voices will linger long after the book is closed.”

Booklist, starred review

STARRED REVIEW

"Written mostly in dialogue, at which Doyle excels, and populated with a charming foursome of Irish women, this lovely tale is as much about overcoming the fear of death as it is about death itself."

Publishers Weekly, starred review

"In this moving and artfully structured ghost tale, four generations of Irish women come together. A big part of the pleasure here is the rhythm of the language and the contrasting voices of the generations. Any opportunity to read it aloud would be a treat."

Horn Book

"For children grieving the death of a parent or grandparent, this book provides comfort."

Library Media Connection

Award:

Capitol Choices 2013 - Noteworthy Titles for Children and Teens

Cooperative Childrens Book Center (CCBC) Choices 2013 list - Young Adult Fiction

USBBY Outstanding International Books List 2013

 

Synopsis:

With echoes of such classic wish-gone-wrong books as Freaky Friday, Half Magic, and Coraline, this terrific novel has the potential to become a middle-grade staple.

Eleven-year-old Ruth Craze is pretty sure she’s stuck in the wrong life. With an absentminded inventor for a father and a flighty artist for a mother, it’s always reliable Ruth who ends up doing the dishes, paying the bills, and finding lost socks. Her brothers are no help (they’re too busy teasing her), and her friends have just decided she’s not cool enough to be a part of their group anymore. So when Rodney the Rat—a slightly sinister stuffed animal that was a gift from her favorite aunt—suggests a way out, Ruth is ready to risk everything. Three wishes. Three chances to create her perfect life. A million ways to get it wrong.

Praise for When You Wish Upon a Rat

"Winning, original moments."

Kirkus Reviews

"An engaging look at friendship and family."

Booklist

About the Author

Ingrid Law has sold shoes, worked in a bookstore, helped other people get jobs, and assembled boxes for frozen eggplant burgers. She and her twelve-year-old daughter live in Boulder, Colorado, in a lovely old mobile home that they like to believe is a cross between a spaceship and a shoe box. They enjoy writing on its walls and painting on its ceiling, and have two harps, a flute, and a ukulele, as well as a fondness for muffins.

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Rachel McGill, August 5, 2012 (view all comments by Rachel McGill)
I really enjoyed this book and loved all of the characters! I'm a lover of children's fiction and bought this one on a whim. I'm glad I did and can't wait to get the second one.
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Courtesy of Mother Daughter Book Club com, January 12, 2010 (view all comments by Courtesy of Mother Daughter Book Club com)
Mississippi Beaumont can't wait for her 13th birthday, only days away, because that's when she'll officially get her savvy. All the Beaumont's, except Poppa, have a savvy that is uniquely their own. Mama is perfect, Grandpa Bomba makes new land, Rocket controls electricity and Fish can create storms and move water. Trouble is, the savvy is hard to control when it first comes in, and Mississippi, better known as Mibs, is nervous about what will happen at her party.

When her dad ends up in a coma in the hospital after a car accident and her mother leaves the family to be with him, the preacher's wife organizes a birthday party for Mibs, making all the Beaumonts nervous about what will happen on the big day. But the fun really starts when Mibs decides to stow away on a broken down Bible-delivery bus, hoping to reach Salina, Kansas, where she believes she can wake Poppa up. Along for the ride are her older brother Fish, her younger brother Samson, and the preacher's children, Bobbi and Will Junior.

Mibs has a great, down-to-earth voice, and readers will happily follow her as she explores issues of family, friendship, budding romance, and finding the things that are special inside each of us. You may just find yourself looking for your own special savvy. You can also look for games and a discussion guide at the publisher's Web site, www.penguin.com. Then click on the link for teachers and librarians.
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Debbi, February 10, 2009 (view all comments by Debbi)
From middle school readers through gram & gramps, this is a must read. Savvy is an ingenious story with a cast of characters (with a capital "c") that is uncannily familiar. Savvy won a well-deserved 2009 Newbery honor.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780803733060
Author:
Law, Ingrid
Publisher:
Dial Books for Young Readers
Author:
Doyle, Roddy
Author:
Graff, Lisa
Author:
McCarthy, Maureen
Subject:
Brothers and sisters
Subject:
Magic
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Family - General
Subject:
Social Issues - Adolescence
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20080531
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
7.63 x 5.5 x 1 in
Age Level:
09-11

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In Mississippi Beaumont's family, turning 13 means your savvy kicks in. When her grandfather turned 13, he created Idaho. And when her brother turned 13, he caused a hurricane. At the start of Law's winning debut novel, Mississippi's 13th birthday is only two days away.With her dad in a coma after a horrible car accident, Mississippi is convinced that her savvy will have something to do with waking people up. Along with her brothers, the cute preacher's son and his obnoxious gum-chomping sister, she sneaks aboard a delivery bus she believes is heading toward her dad, hoping to save him. The thing about Mississippi? She's not always right. Turns out, her savvy has her hearing a whole bunch of voices — in her head. When people around her have any type of ink — say, a tattoo or a pen mark — on their skin, she can't help but read their minds. What makes this book so engaging is that aside from the whole mind-reading thing, Mississippi isn't extraordinary. She's not excessively brilliant, incredibly attractive or overly girly. She's afraid of growing up. She prefers to be called Mibs, but the mean girls call her Missy-Pissy. She wishes she could mess up less and be more like her perfect mom. (Literally, perfect — that's her mother's savvy.) Readers, boys and girls alike, will see a bit of themselves in Mibs. Also, the Beaumonts aren't the only ones with savvys. Normal people (the bus driver, the hitchhiker, the obnoxious gum-chomper) have them, too — they just don't recognize them. As Mibs's mom says, 'One person might make strawberry jam so good that no one can get enough of it.... There are even those folks who never get splashed by mud after a rainstorm or bit by a single mosquito in the summertime.' The 10-year-old boy or the 40-year-old mom reading the book — they might just have one, too. Besides saving her dad, Mibs's quest in the novel is to learn to 'scumble' — in other words, control her savvy. She has to learn to quiet the voices she hears, and to find her own voice. Law has definitely found hers. Short chapters and cliffhangers keep the pace quick, while the mix of traditional language and vernacular helps the story feel both fresh and timeless. And while road-trip novels tend to be more about the journey than the destination, the ending, like Momma's savvy, is pretty perfect. I wasn't sure how Law was going to manage it without going all fairy-tale, but she does the story justice, making the conclusion happy and heart-rending simultaneously, resisting the urge to tie it all up with a fancy ribbon and a happily ever after.Law's savvy? She's a natural storyteller who's created a vibrant and cinematic novel that readers are going to love. Ages 9-11. Sarah Mlynowski is the author of the Magic in Manhattan series, the most recent of which is Spells & Sleeping Bags (paperback reprint from Delacorte due this month), and, with E. Lockhart and Lauren Myracle, the coauthor of How to Be Bad (HarperTeen, May)." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Law's storytelling is rollicking, her language imaginative, and her entire cast of whacky, yet believable characters delightful...wholly engaging and lots of fun."
"Review" by , "With its delightful premise and lively adventure, this book will please a wide variety of audiences, not just fantasy fans."
"Review" by , "A film is already in development, and if it lives up to this marvel-laden debut, it'll be well worth seeing."
"Synopsis" by , For generations, the Beaumont family has harbored a magical secret. They each possess a savvy — a supernatural power they acquire at 13. On the eve of Mibs's big day, she finds herself on an unforgettable odyssey that will force her to make sense of growing up.
"Synopsis" by ,
Mary OHara is a sharp and cheeky 12-year-old Dublin schoolgirl who is bravely facing the fact that her beloved Granny is dying. But Granny cant let go of life, and when a mysterious young woman turns up in Marys street with a message for her Granny, Mary gets pulled into an unlikely adventure. The woman is the ghost of Grannys own mother, who has come to help her daughter say good-bye to her loved ones and guide her safely out of this world. She needs the help of Mary and her mother, Scarlett, who embark on a road trip to the past. Four generations of women travel on a midnight car journey. One of them is dead, one of them is dying, one of them is driving, and one of them is just starting out.

Praise for A Greyhound of a Girl

STARRED REVIEW
“A warm, witty, exquisitely nuanced multigenerational story.”

Kirkus Reviews, starred review

STARRED REVIEW

“This elegantly constructed yet beautifully simple story, set in Ireland and spun with affection by Booker Prize–winner Doyle, will be something different for YA readers. These four lilting voices will linger long after the book is closed.”

Booklist, starred review

STARRED REVIEW

"Written mostly in dialogue, at which Doyle excels, and populated with a charming foursome of Irish women, this lovely tale is as much about overcoming the fear of death as it is about death itself."

Publishers Weekly, starred review

"In this moving and artfully structured ghost tale, four generations of Irish women come together. A big part of the pleasure here is the rhythm of the language and the contrasting voices of the generations. Any opportunity to read it aloud would be a treat."

Horn Book

"For children grieving the death of a parent or grandparent, this book provides comfort."

Library Media Connection

Award:

Capitol Choices 2013 - Noteworthy Titles for Children and Teens

Cooperative Childrens Book Center (CCBC) Choices 2013 list - Young Adult Fiction

USBBY Outstanding International Books List 2013

 

"Synopsis" by ,
With echoes of such classic wish-gone-wrong books as Freaky Friday, Half Magic, and Coraline, this terrific novel has the potential to become a middle-grade staple.

Eleven-year-old Ruth Craze is pretty sure she’s stuck in the wrong life. With an absentminded inventor for a father and a flighty artist for a mother, it’s always reliable Ruth who ends up doing the dishes, paying the bills, and finding lost socks. Her brothers are no help (they’re too busy teasing her), and her friends have just decided she’s not cool enough to be a part of their group anymore. So when Rodney the Rat—a slightly sinister stuffed animal that was a gift from her favorite aunt—suggests a way out, Ruth is ready to risk everything. Three wishes. Three chances to create her perfect life. A million ways to get it wrong.

Praise for When You Wish Upon a Rat

"Winning, original moments."

Kirkus Reviews

"An engaging look at friendship and family."

Booklist

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