What's YOUR Savvy?

by Rachel on November 9, 2012

This fall marked the beginning of something wonderful- the Young Readers’ League!  A community-based program sponsored by Vroman’s that encourages and fosters a love of reading, the Young Readers’ League committee (comprised of educators, parents, booksellers and students) read and voted on the first selection: Savvy by Ingrid Law.

Savvy by Ingrid Law (Grades 3-7)
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.

Readers could take their picture with the pink bus from Savvy at yesterday's Savvy Soiree.

Lightning bolt cookies!

Our very special guest, Ingrid Law, talks to her readers about writing, characters, and imagination. Thanks, Ingrid!!!

Throughout October and November, Vroman’s was proud to sponsor various events related to the book, including the Savvy Essay contest, for which readers in grades 3-7 were asked the question “What’s Your Savvy?”  Yesterday, the Young Readers’ League celebrated reading the book with a Savvy Soiree, where readers participated in games, met a very special turtle (a character from the book!), and listened to author Ingrid Law present and discuss Savvy.

Two essay contest winners were announced at the Savvy Soiree (out of almost 40 essay submissions!), so I thought I would share with you their heart-meltingly adorable, and at times, very practical answers to what their Savvy would be.

(No corrections were made to the essays- they are presented to you in all their original amazing-ness.)

The elementary-level essay winner was Christine, a 4th grader from Jefferson Elementary:

My savvy is love.  I love lots of thing like bugs, dogs, cats, nature, and my family.  I just love things alot.  But sometimes I get too carried away with my love to some people.  My love helps heal the hearts of people who are sad, lonely, and heart broken.  My love warms the hearts of all of my family members, when my dad is lonely and very sad, I just tell him how much I love him and give him a kiss on the check and that makes him all better.  When my mom is really sad, I give her flowers and a big hug that would warm her heart right up.  When my seven year old sister is really sad about her friends that left her school, I tell her how many of my old friends that left too, then she stops crying and is happy again.  My love Savvy is very powerful!

The  middle school essay winner was Daniel, a 6th grader at Barnhart School:

If I could have any savvy, it would be the ability to control water.  This would be the one I choose because it would be useful in many different ways.  One way would be fighting crime.  Imagine if you were a coast guard officer and you are chasing criminals on the dark, stormy, choppy ocean, but your boat is too slow to catch them.  Wouldn’t it be quite helpful if the strong current suddenly changed direction and the boat to shore?  Another useful time would be if a waterpipe broke.  I could keep the water flowing properly until the plumber arrived and repaired it correctly.  Another instance would be ocean related natural disasters.  I would be able to stop most of the destruction and save many lives taken from many coasts by hurricanes and tsunamis.  I believe this savvy would be fun to play with and helpful in many cases.

It's wonderful to see kids so captivated by a book!  Stay tuned for information on the next selection for the Young Readers' League, hopefully headed your way after the holidays.  Can't get enough Savvy? Check out the sequel, Scumble!

It took a lot of people to put the Young Readers' League together, so thanks go to everyone involved in making it such a wonderful success,  and to Penguin Publishers, who donated a classroom set of Savvy to give away to one lucky teacher at our Teacher’s Night in October!

Thank you to author Ingrid Law for being our special guest and sharing Savvy with us at the Soiree- all of the Young Readers were so excited to meet you!!!

And, of course, a very special thanks goes to Heather, our Customer Service Manager, who worked tirelessly to make the Young Readers’ League a possibility!

To everyone who participated in the Young Readers' League- we hope you had a lot of fun- keep reading!!!

So… what's YOUR savvy?