Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus

Title

Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus

Authors

Dusti Bowling

Publisher

Sterling Children's Books

Publication Year

2017

ISBN

9781454923459

Pages

272 pages

Genre

realism

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

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.

Grade Level

3-5; 6-8

Lexile Measure

700L

Diversity Topics

Family Relationships; Disability and Health; Adoption; Physical disability; Neurological disorders; adopted teenager; adoptive parents; no arms; congenital limb defect; Tourette syndrome

Main Character

female teenager

Race/Ethnicities

multiple

Family Formation

adoptive mother and father

Awards

Cybils Awards, 2017, Nominee, Middle Grade Fiction
Southwest Book Awards, 2017, Finalist, Children's Book
Best of the Best Books, 2017 Fiction for Older Readers

Keywords

middle school; moving; Arizona; theme park; new school; friendship; solving a mystery; support group

Diversity Impact

direct

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