For most people, turning thirteen is just turning thirteen. Sure, you've become a teenager but, still, it shouldn't be that big of a deal.
But it is in Mibs' family.
When her oldest brother, Rocket, turned 13, he caused a blackout. Of the entire town.
And, Fish, her other brother, caused a hurricane on his 13th birthday.
Because, in Mibs' family, on their thirteenth birthday, they get a savvy. A certain kind of know-how. Just like, Rocket has an electrical savvy and Fish, a weather savvy.
But, then, the day before Mibs birthday her dad is in a terrible accident. And he might die.
And, then, on her way to save her father, she, along with her two brothers and the preacher's kids, jumps on a bus. The only problem-it's going the wrong way.
I was drawn to this book because of the title, Savvy. And the concept of the savvies did not disappoint. However, the novel was more about Mibs and her family relationships then the savvy so I admit the first time around, I skimmed the book for sections about savvies. After that, I went back and read the whole book and was able to appreciate how well Ingrid Law delved into Mibs' relationships. Ingrid Law proceeded to put in some loveable characters such as good ol' Larry (the bus driver), Will Junior (one of the preacher's kids) and Samson (her brother). Anyway, Mibs made an excellent narrator and besides herdadsdyingwhat'smysavvygoingtobe Mibs had realistic thirteen-year old problems-problems which the 9-12 year old crowd will find easy to relate to (although it you're older than that, definitely do not write it off-I really enjoyed it). She's a bit impulsive at times but naturally that made for a better read. I wouldn't only recommend this book to fantasy readers but also to those who like realistic fiction.
Final Verdict: Despite not being much about savvies, Ingrid Law makes this novel worth reading because of her motley array of characters and Mibs' storytelling.