Insignificant Events in the Life of A Cactus

Insignificant Events in the Life of A Cactus

Book - 2017
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New friends and a mystery help Aden, thirteen, adjust to middle school and life at a dying western theme park in a new state, where her being born armless presents many challenges.
Publisher: New York : Sterling Children's Books, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781454923459
Branch Call Number: J BOW
Characteristics: 262 pages ;,21 cm


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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 ... Read More »

Winner of the 2020 YRCA Intermediate Division (also available as an ebook and downloadable audiobook).

Aven Green was born without arms—so when her dad takes a job running a dying western theme park in Arizona, she knows she’ll become the center of unwanted attention at her new school. But she bonds with Connor, a classmate with his own disability to conquer. Then they discover a room at the park ... Read More »

Life can get weird when you have no arms and your parents move you across the country to run a western-themed park. Thirteen-year old Aven Green takes it all into stride, makes friends, and solves a mystery. "Insignificant Events in the Life of A Cactus" is an Intermediate Division nomi... Read More »

123missb Dec 07, 2019

Positively delightful.

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Oct 13, 2020

I can see why people may have enjoyed this book. Aven's voice is joyful and it's easy to admire the way she faces adversity. But the whole time I was reading this book I couldn't shake the feeling that it was just a delivery system for lessons the author feels young readers should read. Maybe that's all books ever are, but it felt too blatant in this book.

Oct 10, 2020

SO good! This girl is just doesn't give up, and i would like to be that way

Jun 12, 2020

this is the best book ever!!!!!!!

OPL_KIDS May 26, 2020

Thirteen-year-old Aven Green was born without arms, but that has never stopped her from doing almost anything she sets her mind to. But when her family moves from their longtime home in Kansas to go manage Stagecoach Pass, a rundown Western theme park in the Arizona desert, Aven knows she may be facing some of her greatest challenges yet. It’s always tough to be the new kid in school, but even worse when all they can see is your “lack of armage.” When Aven befriends Connor, a student who has Tourette’s syndrome, and Zion, a boy who is teased for being overweight, she finds some kindred spirits. Throw in a cast of quirky Stagecoach Pass employees and a mystery surrounding a deserted building at the theme park, and you have a satisfying story that is funny, exciting, informative, and full of heart.

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IndyPL_JessicaNS Mar 18, 2020

A wonderfully uplifting book about being "a light who shines for all to see." It's a great reminder that our differences don't limit our possibilities and is perfect for all kids ages 10-14, especially those that like mysteries.

Feb 11, 2020

a amazing book a perfect book for a class read aloud. she is so amazing

Dec 14, 2019

This is book is great! It is amazing how well Aven can function without any arms. The Joe Cavanaugh secret in the end was huge.

123missb Dec 07, 2019

Positively delightful.

Nov 16, 2019

this is SUCH a great book! i loved Aven and her story and how capable she is. i can't wait to read the next book! highly recommended!!!

Oct 14, 2019

This was a super fun book. I really enjoyed Aven's story as she tries to get through being the new kid at school and help her parents run a theme park, all while she doesn't have arms. This was a great book to listen to as well.

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Nov 27, 2019

I was a good book.


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