Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus (Hardcover)

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I have a feeling that Aven Green will stay in my heart for quite some time. She was born without arms but her adoptive parents have taught her to be self-sufficient in every area of her life. When her family picks up and moves to Arizona, she faces the challenge of a new school and new looks. But she quickly befriends a boy named Connor who is navigating his own difficulties in school. Together they remind one another that even in the hardest social situations, maybe standing out isn't so bad if you stand out together.

— From What Sarah is reading

Every single man, woman, child and pet should read this book. It is filled with humor, adventure, mystery and inclusion of everything with a beating heart. The book made me laugh, cry and feel good about quirks and problems we all have. Read it, lets talk about it, and enjoy :)

— From What Mackenzie is reading


"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

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