Tuesday, August 3, 2010
by Ingrid Law
Coming soon - August 17th! • Dial Books for Young Readers • Ages 8-12
The companion to the Newbery Honor winner and New York Times Bestseller SAVVY!
Story: A fantastic, All-American tall tale, SAVVY was a hit with audiences everywhere. Ingrid Law's debut novel received a Newbery Honor and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor, was selected as an Al Roker's Book club title, and has appeared on 18 state award master lists (and still counting). Now, the saga of the special-powered Beaumont clan continues in SCUMBLE. In this family, every kid gets a special gift on their thirteenth birthday, and Ledger Kale comes into his right before the family reunion, but he isn't so certain that he likes his gift. He wanted to have a savvy for speed, but Ledger's talent is a bit more unusual...and he can't go home until he learns to "scumble" with savvy. Here, Law delivers another great homespun adventure and a magical read.
About the author: Ingrid Law has sold shoes, worked in a bookstore, helped other people get jobs, and assembled boxes for frozen eggplant burgers. She and her twelve-year-old daughter live in Boulder, Colorado, in a lovely old mobile home that they like to believe is a cross between a spaceship and a shoe box. They enjoy writing on its walls and painting on its ceiling, and have two harps, a flute, and a ukulele, as well as a fondness for muffins.
I think you'll find SCUMBLE an excellent choice for literature circle discussions, cross curricular learning and journaling prompts, discussion guide.
If SCUMBLE interests you as much as I think it will, here are a few web extras: discussion guide for both SCUMBLE and SAVVY featuring discussion questions, a Q&A with Ingrid Law, ideas on how to use the books in language arts classrooms and more; and a little video with Ingrid on WHY SHE LOVES MIDDLE GRADE. Plus, maybe you'll get a chance to meet her when she visits CO, TX, OR and GA this fall.
★"This companion to Newbery Honor Book Savvy (2008) provides the same high level of satisfying plot, delightful characters, alliterative language, and rich imagery....While adult readers will see this all as a beautiful conceptualization of the drama and metamorphosis of adolescence, younger readers will delight in the tall-tale tropes and Ledge’s authentic physical, emotional, and artistic challenges." -- Booklist, starred review
FYI: all the review copies for this title have been sent; please check back on the "comments" link to read what your colleagues have to say.