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SCUMBLE

Author: Ingrid Law

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Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers, an Imprint of Penguin Group, 2010

Material: hard cover

Summary: Today Ledger Kale turns 13 and begins his savvy journey. Everyone is convinced his savvy will be built on speed. No one expected it would destroy things ... from Dad's watch to a classic motorcycle. If that wasn't bad enough, self-proclaimed reporter Sarah Jane Cabot saw what happened. She stowed herself in the Kale van, en route to a family wedding, and now Ledger is trying to keep her from writing about his family's special skills. Could it get any worse? Yep! His uncle has gone into hock over his ranch and Sarah Jane's father wants to foreclose on it. Now that would be a disaster! This is the second book in a series that combines family, humor, and individuality.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, independent reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 8 to 12; read yourself: 10 and up

Interest Level: 9 and up

Reading Level: 5.8

Young Reader Reaction: Teen review pending.

Adult Reader Reaction: I haven't read Savvy (Book 1) but found this an enjoyable, fun read. The author does a great job of giving you enough background information to keep going, without the guilt of having missed the first book. The variety (and outrageousness) of some of the savvies make for plenty of laugh-out-loud moments.

Pros: Humor and suspense combine to make readers want to find Sarah Jane as fast as Ledger does. This is a fast, wholesome read.

Cons: None

Borrow or Buy: Borrow at least. This could easily be a book kids come back to when they need a laugh or two.

If You Liked This Book, Try: THE GOLLYWHOPPER GAMES   BILLY AND THE BIRDFROGS   DODGER AND ME

Educational Themes: There are wonderful lessons in self-acceptance, family, and problem solving throughout the book.

Notes: The publisher donated an advance review copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - fantasy, humor, middle grade series

Date(s) Reviewed: May 2011

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