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By Ingrid Law
Dial, 2000
Audience: Tweens

From Goodreads:

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.
This book was really cool. I'm excited to read the companion novel, Scumble.  I knew about Scumble before I started Savvy, so when Savvy was finishing up, I was guessing as to what Scumble was about. I was hoping that Lill really did have a Savvy and that her kids would be in Scumble (but I suppose Lill is a little too old to have children.) Then I thought maybe it was about Rocket, but I just read that Scumble is about Mibs' cousin. I'm sure it'll be good, but I thought Rocket's story would have been really interesting.
Reading Savvy reminded me that kids' chapter books are just as good as teen books sometimes. I should read them more often.