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.


    • ali

    • February 28, 2011

    • 6:31 pm

    Wow, I hadn’t heard of either of these books, but I bet my boys would like them. Thanks Liesl!

  1. Thanks for the review, Liesl! I read SAVVY a while back and found the voice enchanting. I’ll have to check SCUMBLE out, too.

    • Anonymous

    • April 30, 2011

    • 7:01 pm

    I’ve read Savvy and now am reading Scumble, I think the books are fantastic. However, what I’d really like to find out about are the characters, they are seem a bit mysterious to me still. It would be very nice if Ingrid Law wrote another book about each of the characters in both books and wrote how each got their savvy ect. one character that has been very mysterious over the two books, is Rocket…I wonder….what it is with him?
    Thank you for taking the time to read my quote.

    • Anonymous

    • October 17, 2012

    • 11:20 pm

    what is the summary

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