Insignificant Events in the Life of A Cactus

Insignificant Events in the Life of A Cactus

eBook - 2017
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"Aven is a perky, hilarious, and inspiring protagonist whose attitude and humor will linger even after the last page has turned." — School Library Journal (Starred review) Chosen for the Autumn 2017 Kids' Indie Next List! 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.
Publisher: [S.I.] : Sterling Children's Books, 2017.
ISBN: 9781454923466
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRI
Additional Contributors: Overdrive Inc

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2020 Intermediate Winner: 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. Her new life takes an unexpected turn when she bonds with Connor, a classmate who also feels isolated because of... Read More »

Aven has to deal with new classmates who cannot see beyond her lack of arms while also trying to figure out her connection to her new home--a ghost town of a theme park.

Aven was born with no arms, but she gets along just fine, until she has to deal with a new school, a new life, and a strange new mystery to solve. Also available as ebook.


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bezoarbezoarbezoar
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.

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snailgem
Oct 10, 2020

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

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yellow_yak_149
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.

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JDD11
Feb 11, 2020

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

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blue_mosquito_65
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.

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Teagy
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!!!

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The_Zookeeper
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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blue_mosquito_65 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 84

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I was a good book.

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