Title: Savvy
Author: Ingrid Law
Publisher: Penguin Group
ISBN: 978-0-14-132419-7
Rating: 5/5 Stars


2009 Newbery Honor Book

Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Award

New York Times Bestseller

An ALA Notable Book for Children 2009

Midwest Booksellers Association Honor Award 2009

Lamplighter Award 2011

Judy Lopez Honor Award

A Kirkus Best Children’s Book of 2008

A Publisher’s Weekly Best Book of 2008

Booklist “Top Ten First Novels for Youth 2008”

Booklinks “Lasting Connection 2008”

#1 Children’s Booksense Pick

Publisher’s Weekly Flying Start

Borders Original Voices Selection

Association of Booksellers for Children New Voices Pick

Oprah’s Reading List Pick

New York Public Library “100 Best Books for Reading and Sharing”

A San Francisco Chronicle Best Fiction Book for Young Readers 2008

A Kansas City Star Noteworthy Children’s Book 2008

A Chicago Tribune “Book Not to Miss” 2008

A Bank Street College of Education’s Best Books of the Year

2008 Cuffie Award: “Book We Couldn’t Stop Talking About”

2008 Cuffie Award:  “Favorite Jacket”

2009 Cybil Award nominee

2009 Andre Norton Nebula Award Nominee

2009 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award nominee for Children’s Literature

2009 Indie Choice Nominee: Best Young Adult Buzz Book

2014 Youth One Book, One Denver

Selected as a 2011 Massachusetts Children’s Book Award Honor Book

Selected as a 2011 Nebraska Golden Sower Award Honor Book

2009-2010 Texas Bluebonnet Nominee

2009-2010 Virginia Readers’ Choice Award Nominee

2010 New York State Reading Assoc. Charlotte Award Suggested Reading List, Primary

2009-2010 Keystone State Reading Assoc. Young Adult Book Award Nominee (PA)

2009 Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List

2009-2010 Maine Student Book Award Nominee

2009-2010 Black Eyed Susan Book Award Nominee(Maryland)

2009-2010 Rhode Island Children’s Book Award Nominee

2009-2010 Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award Nominee(Vermont)

2009-2010 North Carolina Children’s Book Award Nominee

2009-2010 Nene Award Nominee, Hawaii

2009-2010 New Hampshire Great Stone Face Book Award Nominee

2010-2011 Volunteer State Book Award Nominee, Tennessee

2010-2011 William Allen White Nominee, Kansas

2010-2011 Pennsylvania Young Readers Choice Awards Nominee

2010-2011 Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Book Award Nominee, Illinois

2010-2011 South Carolina Children’s Book Awards Nominee

2010-2011 Georgia Children’s Book Award Nominee

2011 Pacific Northwest Library Association Young Readers Choice Award Nominee

2010-2011 Land of Enchantment Book Award Nominee (New Mexico)

2010-2011 Arkansas Charlie May Simon Children’s Book Award Nominee

2011 Oregon Reader’s Choice Award Nominee ORCA

2011 Garden State Children’s Book Award Nominee, New Jersey

2012 Colorado Children’s Book Award Nominee

2012 Grand Canyon Reader Award Nominee, Arizona

2011 – 2012 Iowa Children’s Choice Award nominee


In a lighthearted novel, Ingrid Law has created lovable characters in a family we all would like to be a part of.  Providing personalities that almost everyone can relate to, Law has written a fun-loving novel that embodies the spirit of a determined group of children.  Mibbs, the main character of Savvy is about to celebrate her 13th birthday and eagerly awaiting her special power which comes to all the children of her family on this momentous occasion.  Not knowing full well what exactly is her talent, Mibbs and two of her brothers sneak off on adventure with two of the local preacher’s children.  Wanting to heal her father who has been in a coma since his trucking accident, Mibbs sneaks away from her thirteenth birthday party on to a bus she thinks is headed to the town which houses the hospital.  The bus drives off in the opposite direction, and that is only the beginning of their problems.  With words coined only by imaginative and creative children, Law draws the reader into the exciting world of the Beaumont family and their savvies.


Review Excerpt:

“Law’s storytelling is rollicking, her language imaginative, and her entire cast of whacky, yet believable characters delightful. Readers will want more from first novelist Law; her first book is both wholly engaging and lots of fun.”


This book would be a wonderful read aloud book.  Teachers and students alike would enjoy the wholesome message and entertain antics of each character.


Ingrid Law. 2014. “Savvy Awards and Accolades.”

Ingrid Law. 2014. “Reviews for Savvy.”

Law, Ingrid. 2008. Savvy. New York: Penguin Group.


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