Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Switch


Switch
(Savvy #3)
By Ingrid Law
Dial Books, 2015. Fiction. 356 p.
In this third story of the Beaumont family, Gypsy, the second to youngest, is wrestling with her new savvy (think special magical power) that each of her family members receive on their 13th birthday. Gypsy's savvy is the power to see into people's futures. When she looks into her own future, she sees herself watch her grandmother fall from a tall clock tower.  Soon after she has this premonition, her family experiences a savvy switch.  They each have new savvies, totally different from before. Still reeling from the switch, her family travels to Denver to bring their grandmother, who suffers from dementia, home.  While there, Gypsy's main goal is to keep her grandmother far away from clock towers, but she finds that it is much harder than she could have ever imagined.

The first book in this series, (Savvy, 2008) received a well deserved Newbery Honor medal.  The second and third are just as fun, and have the same amount of "savvy" wisdom. The stories have an element of magic, but they are each really about family relationships and kids learning to use self discipline to take control of their own lives.  This story, in particular, deals nicely with the challenges of coming to accept and value a loved one with dementia. This book is available from the library in print, as an ebook, and on audio CD.

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