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- Newbery Honor Winner & New York Times Bestselling Author -

Dial Books for Young Readers & Walden Media; 2010

Puffin reprint edition


If only awesome magical powers came with an instruction manual...

The enchanting companion to Newbery Honor Book and New York Times Best Seller, Savvy.


Nine years after Mibs’s Savvy journey,

her cousin Ledge has just turned thirteen...


Ledger Kale’s savvy is a total dud—all he does is make little things fall apart. So his parents decide it’s safe to head to Wyoming for a family wedding, where it’s soon revealed that Ledge’s savvy is much more powerful than anyone thought. Worse, his savvy disaster has an outside witness: Sarah Jane Cabot, reporter wannabe and daughter of a local business man. Just like that, Ledge’s beloved normal life is over. Now, he has to keep Sarah from turning family secrets into headlines, stop her father from foreclosing on Uncle Autry’s ranch, and scumble his savvy into control so that, someday, he can go home.

Starring a cast both fresh and familiar, Scumble melds heart and humor with the wilds of the west.

This companion to Newbery Honor Book Savvy provides the same high level

of satisfying plot, delightful characters, alliterative language, and rich imagery.

      - Booklist, starred review

Eminently satisfying.

      - Horn Book

Awards & Accolades

New York Times Bestseller

A Smithsonian Notable Book

Chicago Public Library 2010 - 

Best of the Best Books Selection

Independent Booksellers Kids' Next List

Amazon Top 10, Best of 2010


A 2011 Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Read


Nominated for the 2012 North Carolina Children’s Book Award


Master List selection,

2013 Massachusetts Book Award


Nominated for the

2013 Colorado Children’s Book Award


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