Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus (Life of a Cactus Series #1)

Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus (Life of a Cactus Series #1)

by Dusti Bowling

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“Aven is a perky, hilarious, and inspiring protagonist whose attitude and humor will linger even after the last page has turned.” —School Library Journal (Starred review)

Aven Green loves to tell people that she lost her arms in an alligator wrestling match, or a wildfire in Tanzania, but the truth is she was born without them. And when her parents take a job running Stagecoach Pass, a rundown western theme park in Arizona, Aven moves with them across the country knowing that she’ll have to answer the question over and over again.

Her new life takes an unexpected turn when she bonds with Connor, a classmate who also feels isolated because of his own disability, and they discover a room at Stagecoach Pass that holds bigger secrets than Aven ever could have imagined. It’s hard to solve a mystery, help a friend, and face your worst fears. But Aven’s about to discover she can do it all . . . even without arms.

Autumn 2017 Kids’ Indie Next Pick
Junior Library Guild Selection
Library of Congress's 52 Great Reads List 2018


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781454923466
Publisher: Sterling Children's Books
Publication date: 09/05/2017
Series: Life of a Cactus Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 71,328
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Dusti Bowling grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona, where, as her family will tell you, she always had her nose in a book. Dusti holds a Bachelor of Psychology and a Master of Education, but she eventually realized that her true passion was writing. The Day We Met, her self-published YA novel, has sold over 20,000 copies. She currently lives in Carefree, Arizona, with her husband, three daughters, one bobcat, a pack of coyotes, a couple of chuckwallas, several rattlesnakes, and a few herds of javelina.

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Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quirky, warm, humorous, self-aware, Aven is a girl who's got it all together, and I was in love with her by the end of the first page. She confronts head-on the issues one has to contend with, when one is born with no arms. This is handled by author Dusti Bowling with a perfect blend of matter-of-factness, humor, honesty, and charm. I loved this book, and highly recommend it to all young readers.
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
This is a must read if you like middle school or upper elementary chapter books. I absolutely loved it! The twist in the book made it even more remarkable but the two main characters made this book outstanding. Aven was born without her arms. Her parents did not consider this a hardship but rather felt she was special because she could do things with her feet that other individuals couldn’t. Aven liked to make-up stories about how she lost her arms and scare her audience, all the while humoring herself. Her stories were crafty and humorous and I laughed as I read how she terrorized those around her. She tried to put light in a dark, awkward situation. When Aven and her family moves, she is now put in the spotlight. No longer blending in with a familiar crowd, Aven is now the new girl: the new girl that is different from everyone else. She meets Conor at school. From the beginning, I enjoyed the character of Conor. Conor and Aven were similar in many ways yet they each were different, enough to cause some commotion in this book. Conor has Tourette’s Syndrome which supplies him with a variety of nervous ticks. With being a new student himself last year, Conor still hasn’t made any lasting friendships. When Aven begins talking to him and explains that her family lives at the nearby theme park, Conor is thrilled as he likes that park. You can feel the connection between these two, spark. What is interesting is the differences and the similarities between Aven and Conor? They both have disabilities and know what it is like to have peers treat them differently but how they handle their illness is a serious matter. Aven has an optimistic outlook, with her parents encouraging her whereas Conor’s outlook isn’t. Conor’s parents are divorced and I felt as if Conor was trying to handle life on his own. This difference becomes complicated when Aven tries to help Conor and they both get hurt. They try to solve a mystery that they uncover at the theme park which was something fun the two of them do together. The twist in this mystery was fantastic and if you followed the story, there were clues that you could have put together to help solve it. I really enjoyed this book. Capturing both a funny and serious side, this book takes a look at family and friendship. I highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Omg this is one of the best books ever