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Sunday, August 31, 2008

Savvy by Ingrid Law

Savvy by Ingrid Law

How many of you know what Pi is? Pi is a special mathematical number that represents the ratio of a circle’s circumference and diameter. It is an irrational number-when represented as a decimal it goes on forever. Believe it or not there are people who compete to see who can remember the most digits in Pi (3.14159 26535 89793 23846 26433 83279 50288 41971 69399 37510 and so on) All I can say is I think it takes some kind of whiz kid or prodigy to keep going on for hours saying the numbers of Pi.

Mibs Beaumont, in the book, Savvy, thinks a lot about the fact some people have special abilities: “…some people can play music better that anyone’s supposed to, or they can recite the numbers of pi on and on. There are those who can run fast and win medals, and others who can talk anyone into buying anything at all. Those things are a special kind of know-how. “ But why does she want to think it’s not so strange that there are kids with phenomenal abilities? Is there something she is afraid of? Is she hiding something from the rest of the kids?

Mibs Beaumont is about to turn thirteen. In her family the number thirteen means more than becoming a teenager. It means she will receive her Savvy-what her family calls the special abilities inherited in their blood-line. What Mibs might not want to admit or let anyone outside of her family know, however, is that these abilities might be a little more unusual and powerful than people should have.

On the day of her birthday she starts having pains in her head, she can’t stand the noise, there are voices, familiar voices.

Of course the family rule was to keep quiet, but will the voices inside drive her crazy? Will she be tempted to misuse her special ability? Guess what Savvy she got.

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