Savvy by Ingrid Law Discussion Questions

Instructor: Christopher Muscato

Chris has a master's degree in history and teaches at the University of Northern Colorado.

The following questions can help to guide your students through a class discussion on the young-adult novel ''Savvy'' as students work through their thoughts and reactions to this story.


Savvy is a 2008 children's novel by American author Ingrid Law about a young girl and her family with supernatural abilities. The book is generally seen as most appropriate for middle-school children, and that is also the intended audience for the following discussion questions. However, these questions can be easily adapted to upper-elementary classrooms as well.

Questions about Plot and Characters

  • In one sentence, can you describe the plot of Savvy? What is this book about?
  • Who is the main protagonist of this novel? How would you describe Mibs? How does she describe herself? What clues in the first parts of the book show us what her personality is like? What are her goals? What are her worries or fears?
  • What is a savvy? How does the book establish this concept? What did you think about this? How is Mibs' family defined by their savvies? How does this shape Mibs' hopes for her future? What do you think it would be like to know that you were going to get a supernatural power in just a few days? How do you think Mibs felt?
  • How is Mibs similar to her siblings? How is she different? Where do we see these similarities and differences?
  • What does Mibs' father's car accident mean to the family? What does it mean to Mibs? Why is she so desperate to get to Salina? Why does she feel like she has to run away in order to get there?
  • Who are the important characters that Mibs meets along her journey? How would you describe each of them? What role do they play in the plot? What do you think each person represented to Mibs? Why did the author take the time to introduce each of these characters?
  • How does Mibs discover her savvy? What do you think about this savvy? What does she think about it? What does it mean to her, and her goals?
  • What is the climax of this story? How does this represent a chance for Mibs and the other characters to make a choice, demonstrate growth, or achieve a goal? How is the central conflict resolved?

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