Well that (and the rather bizarre talent she just received on her thirteen birthday) is what drives Mibs (Mississippi) Beaumont to stow away on a pink bible bus headed for Salina Kansas. Except the bus isn't heading to Salina right away and her 2 brothers, crush (Wil), and his pissy older sister (Bobbi) just got on with her. Now they're all along for the ride as Mibs and her brother Fish wrestle with their powers and growing fears of their father's condition. Things get pretty interesting as that pink bible bus gets further and then eventually closer to Salina. Mibs discovers her inner strength, what it means to start growing up, makes some new friends, and even gets her first kiss.
Savvy is a delightful whimsical ride. A journey of self discovery and kooky bumps in the road. A story of a good girl with an extraordinary gift on the cusp of teenhood. The kind of charming journey you will love, itch to share, and enjoy again and again.
Words aloud: Lily Blau is a perfect Mibs. She conveyed her sweetness and insecurities with ease. I enjoyed listening to her, her tone, and her voices for the other characters. My only complaint was the occasional pregnant pause for emphasis, otherwise she was a total fantastic pro.
Whippersnappers: Clean as a whistle. Well, except for the running away and lying to adults but that was for a really good reason.
- The names in this book are nothing short of great. The Beaumonts consist of Mibs (short for Mississippi), her baby sister Gypsy, and her brothers Rocket, Fish, and Samson.
- The strong sense of family.
- The ending. It's both happy and realistic.
Wind-up: Savvy by Ingrid Law (published by Penguin Audio) is read by Lily Blau and consists of 8 discs (6 hours and 16 minutes). Audiobook rating: 5 stars. Narrator rating: 5 stars.
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