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Insignificant events in the life of a cactus. #1 / Dusti Bowling.

Bowling, Dusti, (author.).

Available copies

  • 2 of 3 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 2 of 3 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

Current holds

0 current holds with 3 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Detroit Lakes Public Library J BOW (Text) 33500013256854 New Checked out 07/21/2020
Hawley Public Library J BOW (Text) 33500013256847 New Available -
Moorhead Public Library J BOW (Text) 33500013256862 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781454923459
  • ISBN: 1454923458
  • ISBN: 9780605996595
  • ISBN: 0605996598
  • ISBN: 9781454932994
  • ISBN: 1454932996
  • ISBN: 9781549047305
  • ISBN: 1549047302
  • Physical Description: 262 pages ; 20 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Sterling Children's Books, [2017]

Content descriptions

Summary, etc.:
New friends and a mystery help Aven, thirteen, adjust to middle school and life at a dying western theme park in a new state, where her being born armless presents many challenges.
Study Program Information Note:
Accelerated Reader MG 4.6 7.0 190934.
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.6 7 190934.
Awards Note:
A Junior Library Guild Selection.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2017 August #1
    *Starred Review* A move to dusty, distant Arizona forces 13-year-old Aven to leave her familiar life and friends behind. Don't yawn: Bowling takes this overworked trope and spins it into gold with a skein of terrific twists. For one thing, Aven was born without arms, so the new environment—a decrepit Wild West theme park—poses special challenges. For another, thanks to loving, funny adoptive parents who have raised her to be a "problem-solving ninja" ("I'm so flexible, it would blow your mind," she boasts), readers may repeatedly forget, despite reminders enough, that Aven is (as she puts it) "unarmed." Moreover, when the dreary prospect of having to cope with the looks and questions at her new middle school sends her in search of an isolated place to eat her lunch, she finds and bonds with Conner, who is struggling with Tourette's syndrome and has not been so lucky with his parents. Not only does she firmly enlist him and another new friend in investigating a mystery about the theme park's past but, taking Conner's involuntary vocalizations in stride (literally), Aven drags him (figuratively) into an information-rich Tourette's support group. Following poignant revelations about Aven's birth family, the author lets warm but not gooey sentiment wash over the close to a tale that is not about having differences, but accepting them in oneself and others. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

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.

Subject: People with disabilities > Juvenile fiction.
Amusement parks > Juvenile fiction.
Friendship > Juvenile fiction.
Adoption > Juvenile fiction.
Tourette syndrome > Juvenile fiction.
Overweight persons > Juvenile fiction.
Moving, Household > Juvenile fiction.
People with disabilities > Fiction.
Amusement parks > Fiction.
Friendship > Fiction.
Adoption > Fiction.
Tourette syndrome > Fiction.
Overweight persons > Fiction.
Moving, Household > Fiction.
Mystery and detective stories.
JUVENILE FICTION > Social Issues > Special Needs.
JUVENILE FICTION > Social Issues > Friendship.
JUVENILE FICTION > Family > Adoption.
Amusement parks.
Moving, Household.
Overweight persons.
People with disabilities.
Tourette syndrome.
Adoption > Fiction.
Amputees > Fiction.
Amusement parks > Fiction.
Friendship > Fiction.
Moving > Fiction.
Obesity > Fiction.
Tourette syndrome > Fiction.
Genre: Juvenile works.
Mark Twain Nominees.
Detective and mystery fiction.
Juvenile works.
Mystery fiction.
Detective and mystery fiction.
Mystery fiction.

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