Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Did You Like Savvy? Consider checking out these other fine books

On the off chance that you or a friend fell in love with Savvy, your love need not be suspended just because you've finished the book.  You can always visit Ingrid Law's website or blog (also listed in my links, to the left and down).  

Or if it's more fiction that you crave, you may want to check out some of the similarly themed books below.

Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians Series by Brandon Sanderson.

It's all about family.  And pesky superpowers that complicate life.  Members of the Smedry family all have individual talents that they must learn to control in similar fashion to Mibs’s family.  But while Mibs lives with her family from the beginning of her story, Alcatraz must discover his during one eventful day that takes him to the main library.

 (I've previously reviewed the Alcatraz series here and here)

Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan.

Another supernatural fantasy with a mythic twist.  The protagonist Percy, a struggling dyslexic student with few friends, learns that because of who his father is, he is in danger.  He gains superpowers and a few friends to help him.  Like Mibs, Percy must deal with teasing from a few classmates only to go on an incredible journey to be reunited with his father.


The Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyer. (For a more mature audience)


While I would only recommend this for older Savvy fans, we yet again have a supernatural family (granted, these ones are "vegetarian" vamps) who must keep their powers secret while living on the outskirts of town.  And although not the focus of this series, these books too involve tense trips to other locations.


Anything X-Men (Cartoons, DVDs, Comics, Graphic Novels, books) 

Yet again young teens struggle to control new powers while co-habituating and fearing persecution from the world.  

The original cartoon series or the more recent X-Men Evolution may be more appropriate for young to middle grade kids than the movies or graphic novels.

If literacy is still the key goal and a teacher or parent would be willing to add “visual literacy” to fun learning, some of the X-men comics are appropriate.  The Ultimate X-Men or collections of the original comics may be the most child-friendly starting point.


The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum.

The idea of going on a journey and making friends along the way connects this book to Savvy.  But instead of remaining in a world similar to our own, this story takes place in a fantastical land.

In fact, Savvy actually draws attention to this parallel on page 187.


Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech.

This previous Newbery Winner features a journey as interesting as the one Mibs embarks upon.

If readers like the voice of Mibs as she narrates her story, they may also like the voice of Sal, which is equally quirky and engaging.

Plus, if this book were paired with Savvy, a teacher could play up the themes of feminism and family.

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