Title: Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus
By: Dusti Bowling
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. So, 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.
Here is another great middle grade novel that I read recently. Aven is a great protagonist with more moxie, brains, and spunk than Hercules! However my favorite part of this was Connor, and the way the author used him to show the many facets of Tourette’s Syndrome. The author does not shy away from anything with this one, and does so with heart and humor. Pick up our copy today!