For generations, the Beaumont family has harbored a magical secret. They each possess a “savvy” -a special supernatural power that strikes when they turn thirteen. Grandpa Bomba moves mountains, her 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.
I loved the characters in this book. This was my first realization after I read this book. It’s not that they were all deep, intriguing, real people, it was the feel to them that I really loved. The way that they reacted to situations and overcame them. The ending to this story was satisfying and mellow, even though I didn’t like the beginning as much. The way the characters change in this story impressed me, especially the meek, pink-bus driver named Lester, who has a strong sense of justice and character.
That’s right. A pink bus. Think this:
Not only was it the prose of the story, but I also really enjoyed Ingrid Law’s voice as a writer. It was clear, beautiful, dramatic and well-written. A very nice contemporary book that I would recommend for kids 10-13. A great novel about self discovery and what it truly means to be yourself. I would’ve liked to see more of certain characters, but other than that this was a genuinely enjoyable read. Four stars.
pg count for the hardcover: 342
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