“'There's cold chicken inside it,' replied the Rat briefly; 'coldtonguecoldhamcoldbeefpickledgherkinssaladfrench

'O stop, stop,' cried the Mole in ecstacies: 'This is too much!'”
-- from
The Wind in the Willows

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Scumble • Middle-grade fiction

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.


Mrs. Horne said...

I LOVED Savvy, as did 63 of my book club students - so hoping to get a copy of this one too!

April said...

I just sent a request for this. I absolute loved and adored Savvy!! This sounds just as awesome!

dining table said...

I need to buy this book. I am so excited to have this book. I am sure that my kids are going to be happy if they see and read this wonderful book.

booktoo said...

What do you recommend???I get asked that alot as a library media specialist. My current answer for 4-7th graders....Scumble.
You don't have to have read SAVVY by Ingrid Law to appreciate the story. Ledge is the main character and he has a few obstacles to overcome.
The story is wonderful and the characters are pure fun.
Kids really enjoy the book.
Make sure they have the opportunity to read it.

Catherine said...

I loved Savvy. I just finished Scumble and enjoyed. Not quite as much as Savvy, but I still like the idea of how to be comfortable with being different, with being yourself. It will be interesting to see if there is going to be a story involving Sarah Jane's Savvy and how she deals with it.

This story doesn't seem to flow as well as Savvy. I can't quite put my finger on it, but I just didn't like it as well. Still, my kids will love reading it and seeing who gets their Savvy next!

Rate: 4.

Catherine Yezak, Special Education Teacher, Marquette Area Public Schools, Marquette, Michigan

kidstuff said...

I was so excited to receive my review copy of Scumble in the mail! I had hoped Ingrid Law would write a sequel to Savvy and this is just what I’ve been waiting for! I’ve been concentrating on gathering a number of new titles to recommend for boys 4th to 8th grade and Ledger’s story about how he gets his savvy really fits the bill. Boys as well as girls will find the book delightful. I was chuckling from the first pages because of Ingrid Law’s delightful sense of humor. Familiar characters were fleshed out and new characters were given creative savvy’s that really moved the story along. There were a few scenes that made me scratch my head and question the characters motivation (i.e. Chapt. 17, windmill scene) but the few flaws were overwhelmingly overshadowed by Law’s wonderful sense of story. Scumble is a definite 4, I recommend it without reservation. It would be a great addition to any classroom, school or public library. It’s a scrumptious addition to any literary picnic.

Barbara Huff
Youth Services Librarian
Farmington New Mexico Public Library

Janette said...

I was so excited when I received Scumble! I loved Savvy and really fell in love with all of the wonderful characters in the book.
I did have to go back and read a summary of Savvy to remember what special talents everyone had before I jumped into this book, and i think the reader would be a little lost on characters had they not read Savvy first.
I loved the idea of the ranch and having a place where you could truly explore who you are (and learn to control your abilities). What kid wouldn't love a place where they could really be themselves?
Exploring your talents, appreciating your differences, and finding friends who are just as different as you are...what great themes for a juvenile fiction novel!
I would give this book a picnic basket 4. I will be recommending this book, as well as continuing to recommend Savvy.
I hope Ingrid Law writes a third, a fourth, or more. I'd love to read more about Gypsy and her hopefully developing Savvy.
It was a nice, light, fun read.
Thanks for the opportunity to review it.

Mary Lou said...

Savvy was wonderful and so too is Scumble. Ingrid Law has a pleasant writing style. Ledge the main character has a difficult task - how to control his savvy. There is a calmness even when Ledge's life is falling apart. Scumble is a companion book to Savvy but it can stand on its own.
M. Damjanovich
(teacher of children and lover of all good books)