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Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by [Dusti Bowling]

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Awards include:
Autumn 2017 Indie Next Pick
Junior Library Guild Selection 
Reading the West Award Winner
Library of Congress's 52 Great Reads List 2018
Youth One Book, One Denver 2018
Chicago Public Library “Best of the Best” 2017
Evanston Public Library Best of 2017
Austin Public Library Best Tween Fiction 2017
Multnomah County Library Best Books of 2017
Southwest Books of the Year “Best of the Best” 2017
The Children's Book Review Best Kids Books of 2017 for Tweens and Preteens
Booksource Top 40 Classroom Library Titles of 2017

Praise for the hardcover edition of Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus
"She is a perky, hilarious, and inspiring protagonist whose attitude and humor will linger even after the last page has turned. The tale of Stagecoach Pass is just as compelling as the story of Aven, and the setting, like the many colorful characters who people this novel, is so vivid and quirky that it's practically cinematic. VERDICT Charming and memorable. An excellent choice for middle grade collections and classrooms." —
School Library Journal (Starred review)

"Dusti Bowling's story of a regular, hugely likable kid who deals with her unusual challenges with grace and humor is pitch-perfect.” —
Shelf Awareness (starred review)

“Connor's Tourette's support-group meetings and Aven's witty, increasingly honest discussions of the pros and cons of 'lack of armage' give the book excellent educational potential. . . . its portrayal of characters with rarely depicted disabilities is informative, funny, and supportive.” —

“[A] sensitive and funny novel . . . an openhearted, empathic book. —
Publishers Weekly

“Aven Green didn’t really lose her arms in a wrestling match, but when her parents move the family halfway across the country to manage a run-down theme park, she’d rather tell them tall tales than the truth—she was born without them. It’s not until she meets a new friend with another kind of disability that she learns to accept people’s differences, including her own. Really funny, fun read.” —

"A remarkable, original story with true heart, a fresh voice, and an absolutely unforgettable hero. It's a book sure to give any reader goosebumps, teary eyes, and out-loud laughs. It's a book that doesn't just open your eyes, it opens your heart." —Dan Gemeinhart, author of
The Honest Truth

About the Author

Dusti Bowling holds a Bachelor of Psychology and a Master of Education, but her true passion is writing. She is the author of the well-reviewed 24 Hours in Nowhere (Sterling); The Day We Met, her self-published YA novel, sold over 20,000 copies. She currently lives in Carefree, AZ, 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

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0759W1K1Y
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Union Square Kids (5 September 2017)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 2165 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 274 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 1454923458
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.8 out of 5 stars 2,437 ratings

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DUSTI BOWLING is the award-winning, bestselling author of Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus, Momentous Events in the Life of a Cactus, 24 Hours in Nowhere, The Canyon's Edge, and the forthcoming Across the Desert and Aven Green chapter book series.

Dusti's books have won the Reading the West Award, the Sakura Medal, a Golden Kite Honor, the William Allen White Children's Book Award, and have been nominated for over thirty state awards. Her books are Junior Library Guild Selections and have been named best books of the year by the Chicago Public Library, Kirkus, Bank Street College of Education, A Mighty Girl, Shelf Awareness, and many more.

Dusti currently lives in New River, Arizona with her husband, three daughters, a dozen tarantulas, a gopher snake named Burrito, a king snake name Death Noodle, and a cockatiel named Gandalf the Grey.

Follow her on Twitter at @DustiBowling.

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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most important young reader books. I totally recommend it.
Reviewed in India 🇮🇳 on 21 August 2021
"I sometimes wondered if people had a tendency not to give me their names or ask me for mine because of their fear of getting too close... too close to something so different."

The plot handles some very serious topics which may seem normal not to discuss but we do.

Characters who have been discriminated because of disability, body shamed and bullied; Tourette's Syndrome are represented in this story.

It's still quite relevant and so well presented I say!

The characters, the young and the adult ones, are quite convincing and realistic.

The mom is the best. Wish all moms would be like her and protect their child without hurting their feelings and unrealistic expectations.

I love the writing so much.

Once you start the book, it would be difficult to stop reading. The characters are so well developed. The story gets better and better.

Want to pick up the sequel (yes, there's one!) next.

A perfect book to start reading with.

Recommending the book indeed.
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