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- Newbery Honor Winner & New York Times Bestselling Author -

Dial Books for Young Readers & Walden Media; 2008

Puffin reprint edition

TEACHERS! Click on the pink bus to be directed to a Educator's Guide to Savvy, created by Penguin Young Readers Group.


What if your Grandpa moves mountains, one of your brothers causes hurricanes, another creates electricity... and now it’s your turn to find your unique ability?

Mibs Beaumont is about to become a teenager. As if that weren’t scary enough, thirteen is when a Beaumont’s savvy strikes--and with one brother who causes hurricanes and another who creates electricity, it promises to be outrageous... and positively thrilling.

But just before her big day, Poppa is in a terrible accident. Suddenly, Mibs’s dreams of X-ray vision disappear like a flash of her brother’s lightning: All she wants now is a savvy that will save Poppa. In fact, Mibs is so sure she’ll get that powerful savvy that she sneaks a ride to the hospital on a rickety bus, with her siblings and the preacher’s kids in tow. But when the bus starts heading in the wrong direction only one thing is certain: After this extraordinary adventure, not a soul on board will ever be the same.

Awards & Accolades

Newbery Honor Book

New York Times Bestseller

Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Award

Oprah’s Reading List Pick

Al Roker's Book Club for Kids Pick

An ALA Notable Book for Children

Lamplighter Award

Judy Lopez Honor Award

Midwest Booksellers Association Honor Award

Andre Norton Nebula Award Nominee

Mythopoeic Fantasy Award Nominee

A Kirkus Best Children’s Book of 2008

A Publisher’s Weekly Best Book of 2008

Booklist “Top Ten First Novels for Youth 2008”

Booklinks “Lasting Connection 2008”

#1 Children’s Booksense Pick

Publisher’s Weekly Flying Start

Borders Original Voices Selection

Assoc of Booksellers for Children New Voices Pick

Kansas City Star Noteworthy Children’s Book

Chicago Tribune “Book Not to Miss” 2008

Bank Street College of Education: 

Best Books of the Year

Cuffie Award: Book We Couldn’t Stop Talking About

Cuffie Award: Favorite Jacket

Cybil Award nominee

Indie Choice Nominee: Best Young Adult Buzz Book

2014 Youth One Book, One Denver

Massachusetts Children’s Book Award Honor Book

Nebraska Golden Sower Award Honor Book

Selected for Over 30 State Reading Lists

New York Public Library:

100 Best Books for Reading and Sharing

San Francisco Chronicle: 

Best Fiction Book for Young Readers


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