“Reminiscent of Louis Sachar’s Holes with its quirky characters and unique desert setting, this is a middle-grade read that will easily transport readers somewhere special.” —School Library Journal (Starred review)When you come from Nowhere, can you ever really make it anywhere? Author Dusti Bowling (Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus) returns to the desert to create a gripping story about friendship, hope, and finding the power we all have within ourselves. Welcome to Nowhere, Arizona, the least livable town in the United States. For Gus, a bright 13-year-old with dreams of getting out and going to college, life there is made even worse by Bo Taylor, Nowhere’s biggest, baddest bully. When Bo tries to force Gus to eat a dangerously spiny cactus, Rossi Scott, one of the best racers in Nowhere, comes to his rescue—but in return she has to give Bo her prized dirt bike. Determined to buy it back, Gus agrees to go searching for gold in Dead Frenchman Mine, joined by his old friends Jessie Navarro and Matthew Dufort, and Rossi herself. As they hunt for treasure, narrowly surviving everything from cave-ins to mountain lions, they bond over shared stories of how hard life in Nowhere is—and they realize this adventure just may be their way out.
|Publisher:||Sterling Children's Books|
|Product dimensions:||5.10(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.00(d)|
|Age Range:||8 - 12 Years|
About the Author
Dusti Bowling holds a Bachelor of Psychology and a Master of Education, but eventually realized that her true passion was writing. The author of the IndieNext pick Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus, she currently lives in Carefree, AZ, with her husband, three daughters, one bobcat, a pack of coyotes, a couple of chuckwallas, several rattlesnakes, and a few herds of javelina.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
24 Hours in Nowhere based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Dusti Bowling is a master storyteller. 24 HOURS in NOWHERE is achingly real. It is filled with hope, adventure, friendship, and how we become who we are. A solid message--we can all rise above the hardships of our youth. The characters will stay with you long after you close the book.
This book is fantastic! I loved her Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus and I loved this one also. What an adventure! The novel begins with the main character being bullied, and before you know it, the novel is winding down and you’re sad it’s over. Meet Gus, he’s 13 and he lives with his grandma in her trailer. Gus didn’t ask to live in Nowhere, AZ where every day it’s hot. He’ll tell you later how he came to live with his grandma. Gus loves vocabulary words and one day, they are going to come in handy. Meet Bo, he’s the bully. He likes to picks on kids. Today, he’s picking on Gus. Bo’s in the process of making Gus eat something that he shouldn’t really be eating. When Rossi enters the picture, she stands up for Gus but Gus just wants her to leave. When Rossi hands over Loretta, Gus is shocked! Loretta is Rossi’s dirt bike and without her bike Rossi can’t beat Bo tomorrow in the race. Determined to get Rossi’s bike back, Gus confronts Bo later that day, to determine what he must do to get it back. That night, armed with his measly supplies, Gus enters Dead Frenchman Mine to obtain the item that Bo desires. Gus knows that others have unsuccessfully entered this mine before but he’s determined to get Rossi’s bike back. At his side, he has one of Bo’s friends with him acting as a witness and they are soon joined by two other friends of Gus’ who join in on the hunt. It’s an entertaining story as the pages fly by as these kids travel inside the mine searching for Bo’s treasure. They had some great moments and some intense moments as they wandered around. As the youths have some serious discussions, I thought these moments brought them together and connected them. This is an excellent novel for boys and girls and would make an outstanding read aloud. I highly recommend it as Dusti Bowling is a talented author.