rating: 3 of 5 stars
This is one of the Potential Newbery Books that I'm reading and, well, as with The Wednesday Wars last year, I'm not seeing what others are.
To start with, I'm automatically prejudiced against any book that takes a perfectly good word and changes the meaning. In this case, it's savvy. "Savvy" actually comes from saber, the Spanish for "to know". But not in this book. Here it's akin to "special power/ability". Why Law couldn't have made up a new word, I don't know. She does when she talks about the ability to control or hide your "savvy", scumbling.
The rest of the plot was fine, albeit predictable. The characters didn't stand out in my mind as ones I'll remember years from now, which is too bad because with a little tweaking, I think I could have done.
So why is this one of the books that "everyone" says will get either the Newbery or an Honor listing? Possibly because it's one of the better books this year. Possibly because it does have a charm to it that I'm sure that the target age group (up to age 14) can see more clearly than this reader did.
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