Reviews for Scumble

AudioFile Reviews 2010 September
Ingrid Law follows up the popular and well-received SAVVY. Each of the children in the incredible Kale family has a "gift" that presents itself on his or her thirteenth birthday. Ledger is most definitely not happy when instead of the athletic prowess he'd hoped for, he finds himself blowing up people's watches and motorcycles. David Kremenitzer throws himself into this American-style tall tale with verve and gusto, relishing the author's rollicking turns of phrase. One of the best parts is when Ledge decides it's time to "get the hay bales out of Denver." Kremenitzer's portrayal of a nosy young reporter on the trail of the scoop of a lifetime has just the right combination of dynamism and comic frustration. It's perfect family fare with plenty of humor. D.G. (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine

School Library Journal Reviews 2011 January

Gr 5-7--The Beaumont family is unique. When they turn 13, they develop savvy--an unusual talent or power. IN Ingrid Law's sequel (2010) to Savvy (2008, both Dial), it's been nine years since Mib discovered her savvy, and her cousin Ledge is keeping her troubled tale in mind as he approaches his own 13th birthday. Dreams of a great running career are quickly dashed when the day comes and Ledge discovers his talent…for breaking things. Though Ledge's savvy is problematic, the family decides to head out west for a family gathering anyway, a decision they regret when Ledge manages to destroy the wedding. Ledge's parents decide to leave him on the remote ranch for the summer, hoping that he'll learn to scumble (control) his talent. As the boy's talent continues to spiral out of control, he also accidentally exposes himself to the biggest mouth in town, Sarah Jane Cabot. David Kremenitzer brings Ledger's voice to life, giving listeners both moments of great levity and strong sympathy as his life tumbles around him. Ledge's highly emotional tones are balanced with the soothing western keel of his Uncle Autry and his even toned, calming father. Although this lyrically paced story about a teen learning to love himself, hidden talents and all, can stand on it's own, it's best suited for library collections already circulating Savvy.--Jessica Miller, New Britain Public Library, CT

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