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Ingrid Law

Dial Books for Young Readers
August 24, 2010/ ISBN 0803733070
Children Ages 8-12 / Fantasy

Reviewed by Jan Fields

Thirteenth birthdays in Ledger's family tend to be explosive. That's when each person develops the supernatural power, the savvy that will shape their life. Ledge is hoping for super speed so that he can become the runner he believes his father hopes for. But Ledge's savvy isn't about speed at all. It appears to be about destruction and unless Ledge learns to scumble, or control his savvy, his family's unusual gifts could become very public. Scumble is not so much a sequel to Savvy as it is simply another story told about this unusual family and their history. Ingrid Law has the unique ability to create a novel with unexpected twists and turns -- you never see some of these things coming, but when they do, they fit perfectly. Plus, I loved all the different abilities manifested in this wonderful family -- earth moving, electricity, telekinesis, and even controlling insects! I enjoyed seeing young Ledger learn not only to scumble, but also to understand himself and how he fits into his marvelous family. Law has a deft touch with character creation and handling the motivation of every person with believability and heart. This is truly a not-to-be-missed novel for every reader who loved the Newbery Honor winning Savvy.

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