For generations, the Beaumont family has harbored a magical secret. They each possess a "savvy" - a special supernatural power that strikes when they turn 13. Grandpa Bomba moves mountains, the 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.
©2008 Ingrid Law; (P)2008 Penguin
Avid reader of inspirational fiction and faith-based self help. Memoir-style, 1st person pov is ideal. Favs include C. Martin & L. Wingate!
With a lyrical style, this adolescent novel propels the reader into the world of modern fantasy. It's well-deserved suited for younger readers because there are no heavy themes. As an adult whose favorite genre isn't fantasy, this was delightful! I highly recommend!
The language in this book flows with figurative language, coined words, and rhythms that will tickle your tongue (and your fancy).
The character development and hidden depths of the supporting characters was masterful. The author cares as much about the small characters as she does the main ones. I really enjoyed the parallels with the Wizard of Oz; many I had not caught when I read the book the first time.
This book made me both laugh and cry. Mibs' compassion with the homeless man was especially touching. I loved the scene on the bus when Fish blew out the windows with his temper.
My husband, 12 year old son and I listened to this book on a road trip and we all enjoyed it. The narrator did an excellent job.
The kids and I have listned to a lot of books this summer. This book delivered. The reader was easy to listen to and the book was inventive and interesting.
Will learning to scumble his weather savvy.
Different voices that are well done for the different characters.
No. It was just enjoyable and realistic in a strange sort of way... families are strong and crazy all at the same time.
I enjoyed it. It is written for children perhaps 8-15 but at 52 I listened to all of it and was entertained.
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