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Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus
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Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus
Life of a Cactus Series, Book 1
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The audio edition of the bestselling middle grade novel about a spunky girl born without arms and a boy with Tourette syndrome navigating the challenges of middle school, disability, and friendship-all...
The audio edition of the bestselling middle grade novel about a spunky girl born without arms and a boy with Tourette syndrome navigating the challenges of middle school, disability, and friendship-all...
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  • The audio edition of the bestselling middle grade novel about a spunky girl born without arms and a boy with Tourette syndrome navigating the challenges of middle school, disability, and friendship-all while solving a mystery in a western theme park. 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 that 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.

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  • Dusti Bowling holds a bachelor's degree in psychology and a Master of Education, but her true passion is writing. She is the author of Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus, Momentous Events in the Life of a Cactus, and 24 Hours in Nowhere. She lives in Carefree, Arizona, with her husband and three daughters.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    June 19, 2017
    Thirteen-year-old Aven Green, the heroine of Bowling’s sensitive and funny novel, was born without arms due to a rare genetic condition. When her adoptive parents take jobs at an Arizona theme park, Aven leaves behind her comfortable social life, starting over with new peers and teachers to stare at her. After days of self-consciously eating her lunches in a bathroom stall at school (she eats with her feet), Aven opens up to two students: Connor, who has Tourette’s syndrome, and Zion, who is teased for being overweight. Bowling, the author of three self-published YA novels, lets readers see Aven as a full, complex teenager—even while those around her have trouble doing so—and gives her a sharp sense of humor, including a penchant for inventing gruesome stories about how she lost her arms. Bowling’s novel demonstrates how negotiating others’ discomfort can be one of the most challenging aspects of having a physical difference and how friendship can mitigate that discomfort. A major revelation that leads to a somewhat-too-tidy ending is a minor blemish in an otherwise openhearted, empathic book. Ages 8–12. Agent: Shannon Hassan, Marsal Lyon Literary.

  • AudioFile Magazine Narrator Karissa Vacker memorably introduces Aven Green, an inspiring 12-year-old who was born without arms. As her adoptive family moves from familiar Kansas to Stagecoach Pass Park in Arizona, Aven is worried about fitting in. When classmate Connor "barks" at her, she thinks he's mocking her, but she soon learns he has Tourette's syndrome. Each character is realistically presented--the kids are loyal and funny, particularly Connor, who becomes a close friend to Aven. Scenes of the park and its eccentric employees add atmosphere. Vacker's tone becomes more intense when Aven and Connor investigate the mystery of the park's missing owner. Listeners will experience a hopeful story. S.G.B. � AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine

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