I recently read Savvy by Ingrid Law, it is a middle-grade novel intended for ages seven to twelve. It was recently selected as a Newbery Honor book.
Savvy tells the story of Mibs Beaumont who is on the verge of turning thirteen. In the Beaumont family when you turn thirteen, your savvy is unveiled. A savvy is that individuals special ability or power. Mibs has one brother whose touch sparks electricity, and another who can stir up storms when near large bodies of water. Mibs is just sure her savvy will be the most special yet.
Just before her birthday and revelation of her savvy arrive, her father is in an accident. Suddenly her family is scattered and her birthday is not their top concern. Mibs is convinced her savvy will help heal her father. So she, along with family, and friends stow away on a bus, sure it will take them closer to Mr. Beaumont.
They wind up on a journey that takes them more than just miles, but on a journey of self discovery; learning who they are as people, along the way. In the end Mib’s quest for individuality is not the burning desire it once was. She also finds out, it may not be her savvy that helps her father, as much as good, old fashioned love.
I would recommend this book. The characters are unforgettable and the story line grabbed my attention and held it. The deeper meanings were deftly woven within the story, making it a great read for all ages.