Thorndike Press

Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus

  • Dusti Bowling
  • Offered By: Thorndike Striving Reader
  • ISBN-10: 1432873504
  • ISBN-13: 9781432873509
  • DDC: Fic
  • Shipping Weight: .70 lbs ( .32 kgs)
  • 306 Pages | Paperback
  • Published/Released January 2020



A Kids’ Indie Next Pick
A Junior Library Guild Selection
A Reading the West Award Winner
A Library of Congress’s 52 Great Read
A Chicago Public Library “Best of the Best”
A Evanston Public Library Best Book
A Austin Public Library Best Tween Fiction
A Multnomah County Library Best Book
A Southwest Books of the Year “Best of the Best”
The Children’s Book Review Best Kids Books for Tweens and Preteens
A Booksource Top 40 Classroom Library Title

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.

Age Range: 8-12 | Grade Level: 3-7 | Lexile Measure: 700L