When Ledger Kale turns 13, things start to fall apart, literally. In Ledger’s family, everyone discovers their magical power, their Savvy, at age 13. Ledger hoped his Savvy would make him run super fast. Instead, he busts apart anything made of metal.
A companion novel to Savvy by Ingrid law, Scumble carries the same rich and endearing voice. All the small-town twang made me wish I could say things like “triple-wow deluxe,” “gollywhopper weird,” or “bad news a dozen ways to Sunday,” but I’m just not that cool. And where there are characters who can levitate, make the wind blow, shoot electricity out of their fingers, and control creepy crawly bugs, the world is open for adventure.
But beyond the adventure is deeper meaning and the book lends itself to great classroom discussion. The story of Ledger feels like a giant metaphor for young teens. What thirteen-year-old doesn’t feel explosive? So out of control I’m sure if emotions could be channeled to actual powers things really would bust apart. It’s a frustrating age, but one of the best things kids can do to abate those explosive emotions is to read books like this, where they can relate to all the out-of-control emotions and actions and hopefully learn to “scumble” their own.