Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Scumble by Ingrid Law-ESSENTIAL

ScumbleLaw, Ingrid, Scumble. Dial Books for Young Readers, 2010. Pgs. 400 Language: G, Violence: G, Sexual Content: G

Ledger Kale has been waiting all of his life to find out what his Savvy. In Ledger’s family, on your 13th birthday, you have a power magically appear. Sometimes, they’re useful, other times they’re more of a problem than their worth. On Ledger’s birthday, he discovers that his power is destroying everything. In an attempt to help the Ledger master his powers, his parent take them with them to the family ranch for a wedding and leave him there for the summer. On the way, however, he attracts the attention of the extremely stubborn and nosy, Sara Jane, who knows there is something about his family worth writing a story. Will Ledge find a way to control his powers? Will he find a way to stop Sara Jane from exposing his family and their powers?

A funny, entertaining adventure. The characters are likable and well-developed. The shortness of the chapters and the way the plot is crafted is great for reluctant readers and will do a good job of holding reader's interest. Readers who like fantasy, adventure, superheroes, or has ever wished they had a superpower will enjoy reading this book and its prequel, Savvy. EL (4-6). ESSENTIAL. Reviewer: Kira M, Youth Services Librarian, WHI Public Library.

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