Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus

Auteur: Dusti Bowling
Taal: Engels
Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus
  • Engels
  • Hardcover
  • 9781454923459
  • september 2017
  • 272 pagina's
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Aven Green was born without arms - and by age 13 has learned how to do almost everything without them. Hiding out in the library, she meets Connor, a boy with Tourette's syndrome. Together, they begin exploring the park, where they find themselves wrapped up in the mysterious disappearance of the owner - and the park's tarantula population. Aven's about to find out just what she's capable of... even without arms.


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. --Kirkus [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. --Slate 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



september 2017
Aantal pagina's
272 pagina's
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8 - 12 jaar


Dusti Bowling
Sterling Publishing Co Inc



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