Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus (Hardcover)

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Aven Green has no arms. She lost them in a wrestling match with an alligator (or so she tells the gullible new kids that ask nosy questions). This state of armlessness forces her to become a “problem-solving ninja”. The errant whispering and staring and stupid-question-asking is far outweighed by the supportive community that she has cultivated, but everything changes when her parents decide to take a job running Stagecoach Pass, a rundown theme park in Arizona. Aven struggles to adjust to the change, but when she befriends fellow misfit Connor and the two begin investigating a mystery at the park, things start to look a little less bleak. Aven is a fun and fresh heroine and her story is entertaining from start to finish!
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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)

Chosen for the Autumn 2017 Kids' Indie Next List

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.

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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781454923459
ISBN-10: 1454923458
Publisher: Sterling Children's Books
Publication Date: September 5th, 2017
Pages: 272
Language: English