Saturday, February 5, 2011
A Special Know-How
Ingrid Law's Newbery Honor book has magic, realism, wit, pathos, excitement, and truth, and requires at least three Kleenexes to get through. (Re-mopping my bleary eyes was as necessary as windshield wipers on a rainy day.) "Savvy" is the term for a supernatural power each member of this special family discovers in him/herself at age thirteen. But, as the main character figures out, it is also a metaphor for the unique, innate talents in each of us. A mark of a great book of speculative fiction is the way the apparent magic is really an analysis of ordinary human behavior.
If you have middle-schoolers in your life, or love a good kids' novel, be sure to get yourself some Savvy. Now I look forward to the recent sequel, Scumble.