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24 Hours in Nowhere

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  440 ratings  ·  138 reviews
When you come from Nowhere, can you ever really make it anywhere? Author Dusti Bowling (Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus) returns to the desert to create a gripping story about friendship, hope, and finding the power we all have within ourselves.
Welcome to Nowhere, Arizona, the least livable town in the United States. For Gus, a bright 13-year-old with dream
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published September 4th 2018 by Sterling Children's Books
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Dusti Bowling
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I hope you all enjoy Gus and his friends' adventure in the Arizona desert!
Except for the nonplussed cover, that in no way reflects the FABULOUS page-turner that lies within, I REALLY, REALLY ENJOYED my 24 HOUR trip to NOWHERE.

Whether a middle schooler, or a fun-loving middle-ager like myself, this is a rip-roaring, spelunk sleuthing, bully busting, laugh snorting, action-revving, fun read!

Dusti Bowling, you are AMAZING! Fast becoming a favorite author.

FIVE ***** Couldn't Put it Down, Action/Mystery/Adventure Stars of Friendship and Bully-Busting Integrity . . . and
This is Dusti’s second book and just as good as Cactus. This time we follow Gus on a wild adventure into a dangerous cave searching for gold. He takes three helpers along who are all as different as day and night. Young readers will so enjoy this story!
Jarrett Lerner
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dusti Bowling has done it again. Like INSIGNIFICANT EVENTS IN THE LIFE OF A CACTUS, 24 HOURS IN NOWHERE is achingly real, seriously exciting, and every bit as hilarious as it is heartfelt. This story from Nowhere is sure to make kids EVERYWHERE feel stronger, braver, and less alone.
Lorie Barber
Wow. Just finished this unique story in which 13-year-old Gus embarks on an adventure to get his friend, Rossi’s dirt bike back after she loses it to save him from the town bully. Such an original premise - set in just 24 hours - yet it’s so much more than that.

Bowling, who created one of my favorite characters in Aven (Insignificant Events In the Life of a Cactus) writes incredible adventures and has such a unique way of creating characters with a mix of humor, struggle, and heroism. I loved G
Thank you @kidlitexchange @dustibowling and @sterlingbooks for a free review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

Wow, this middle grade book was full of so much goodness from start to finish. First off, the setting is definitley a huge part of the story. The fictional town of Nowhere is based on a real town called Nothing in Arizona. It was easy to picture the surrounding dessert. I could feel the intense summer heat and I even googled cholla cactus so I could make sure to never cross pa
Erin Downing
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus, and even though Dusti Bowling’s second book has a very different plot, characters, and structure, it’s just as great! Characters to fall in love with, witty dialogue, fascinating setting, and a super-fun plot. ❤ ...more
Michele Knott
Dusti Bowling’s debut book is one of my favorite books. Loving the next book an author writes can be hard because I hold that other book up to such a high level. I’m thrilled that Dusti’s second book matched my expectations and what I love is that it had such a different feel than her first book. When I strip my analyzing down, yes, both books had characters with flaws that root for, but it was so different, the plot line so eloquently different, that I can love this book in a whole different wa ...more
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mg-books
Captivation: to attract and hold the attention or interest of, as by beauty or excellence

Even though it's been 24 hours since I finished reading 24 Hours in Nowhere I can't stop thinking about it! Dusti Bowling created a strong, engaging story full of rich characters. Readers will be transported to the desert and won't want to leave their new friends. I know I'd like to go back and spend more than just one day with Gus, Rossi, Matthew, and Jessie! This is the perfect book for fans of stories lik
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is such a good book and has life lessons for everyone. Gus lives in Nowhere, Arizona, with his grandmother. He has one friend, and a few enemies. He also has a secret crush, Rossi. The teens must learn to work together to try to defeat the bully, while they navigate new friendships. I appreciate the author, Dusty Bowling, giving me the opportunity to be an early reader in exchange for my fair and honest review.
Clare Lund
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn’t quite enjoy this one as much as Insignificant Events, but this adventure in the Arizona desert was a quick read, and touches on themes of bullying, personal insecurities, and standing up for what’s right. Ages 9 and up.
Stephanie Elliot
Just finished this super sweet book and when I finished I sighed and said, "Awwww!" 24 Hours in Nowhere is a wild west adventure for kids of all ages with a totally heartfelt message about where you come from not defining who you are. Rossi Scott is such a great role model for young readers -- she is strong, independent and can ride a motorcycle like no one's business. Gus is constantly picked on by big bully Bo, who is as cruel as they come -- shoving Gus into a cactus right on page one. Gus is ...more
Laura Gardner
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to author @dustibowling and @sterlingbooks for the free book. All opinions are my own. #partner
5/5 for this amazing book that will warm your heart (and also likely freak you out!). This one isn't out until September 2018, but it also belongs on the top of your fall pre-order list!
Gus, Rossi and Jessie have 24 hours to find gold in an abandoned mine to get back Rossi's dirt bike from Bo, the biggest bully in the town of Nowhere. They're trailed into the mine by Bo's friend Matthe
Shaye Miller
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having LOVED Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus, I was already looking forward to Dusti Bowling’s next book: 24 Hours in Nowhere. This is the story of Gus, a rather bright 13 year old who is stuck in Nowhere, Arizona. When his friend, Rossi Scott, gives up her beloved motorcycle to save Gus from having to eat a horrible cactus, he feels compelled to do whatever he can to win her motorcycle back — including entering the dangerous mines (filled with mystery, myths, and HOPEFULLY treasure ...more
Many thanks to Edelweiss Plus and the publisher for providing me with an advance eARC of this for review. All opinions are my own.

This was so good everyone. Sooooooo good. I had really high hopes for it after reading and loving Bowling's first novel Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus and this completely exceeded them. I loved that while it is still a MG novel that focuses on the power of friendship and what happens when you stick up for yourself and your friends, this one was even mor
Alex (not a dude) Baugh
Thirteen-year-old Gus is small for his age, but much smarter than most of his classmates. And he's hoping his good grades will be his ticket out of Nowhere, Arizona, a small boring, poverty-stricken trailer park town in the middle of, well, nowhere. Gus' size makes him an ideal target for bullying by the not-too-bright Bo Taylor; unfortunately, Gus' smarts don't always help him when it comes to Bo. Such is the case when Bo tries to force feed Gus with a Jumping Cholla cactus. Fortunately for Gus ...more
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to the author and @kidlitexchange for sharing the copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
Oh, my, when you read this book be ready to be transplanted into the middle of a southwestern desert. You will not only be surrounded by dust and wind and swirling tumbleweed, you will be sweltering in the sun and desperately craving cold water and air conditioned air. You will sense the feeling of hopelessness of 90 percent of the residents of Nowhere who would rather be anyplace else, bu
Laurie Hnatiuk
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
@dustibowling has done it again and I know my students will love meeting and getting to know Gus, Rossi, Jessie and Matthew.
Gus lives in Nowhere Arizona where poverty and low academics reign high. Gus is the strongest student in Nowhere but is constantly at the mercy of a bully named Bo. When yet another incident of Bo tormenting Gus (this time trying to force Gus to eat a cacti)takes an unexpected turn which set the plot in motion. Rossi a loner dirt bike rider offers to give up her bike to Bo
Mrs. Krajewski
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nowhere, Arizona is the type of place no one wants to live. It’s the poorest town in the country, and has the worst graduation rate. They do have dirt bike racing and an ostrich farm though! Gus lives there, and he wants out. He’s always worked really hard in school, in hopes of getting out of Nowhere for college. Well, that is, if he isn’t killed by Bo Taylor first. Bo is one of the biggest bullies in Nowhere, and Gus is used to being pummeled by him. One day, Gus sticks up for the best dirt bi ...more
John Clark
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read and enjoyed the author's previous book. This is equally enjoyable. Mix a diminutive, but extra smart boy with a tough, but vulnerable girl who can outrace anyone in Nowhere, AZ. grab an oversized bully, have him threaten to make the smaller boy eat a jumping cholla cactus (I still remember how the spines on the one I ran into at night almost 50 years ago in the Arizona desert took a month to work their way out of my arm), have the girl give up her dirt bike to prevent this from happening, ...more
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

“I was pretty sure Bo had broken my nose, but I stood back up and faced him....I spit blood on the ground like I was the toughest cowboy in a Western, when really I felt like I was going to throw up” (239).

This quote encapsulates Gus. He’s sweet and he’s a weenie. He’s so chivalrous, and yet he’s also awkward. This book is adorable and unique.

It’s perfect for middle school, too, because the themes are so age appropriate (poverty, bullying, changing friendships), but the book and chapt
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bowling's sophomore effort is a winner that will booktalk itself and rarely reside on the shelves. Funny and with the sweetness of the Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus, this book involves a trip into a dangerous mine, 4 kids who are all outsiders in one way or another, cave-ins, treasure and one heck of a dirt bike race!

A little bit of everything happens to the kids on their journey - perhaps a bit too much for belief - but I didn't care. The kids are all distinct personalities and e
Laura Mossa
Thirteen year old Gus lives in Nowhere, Arizona, the least livable town in the United States. No one has it easy in Nowhere including Gus, Living with his grandma, money is tight and because of his small size, Gus is frequently bullied by Bo Taylor. Obsessed with words, Gus feels his only hope out of Nowhere is a high score on the SAT.

At the start of the novel, Gus is indebted to Rossi Scott who saves him from Bo’s torment in exchange for her treasured dirt bike. Feeling responsible, Gus agrees
Theresa Grissom
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3rd, 4th, 5th, middle-grade
Thank to Edelweiss+ for an ARC of this book!

This is the second book I have read by this author and I am already a huge fan. 24 Hours in Nowhere is a simply wonderful story about friendship in a poor Arizona town. Full of action and characters I found myself rooting for, it is sure to be a big hit with the upper elementary students at my school. Can't wait to share this with them.

Looking forward to seeing whatever Dusti comes out with next!
Mary Lee
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a gripper. I'll admit to taking a peek at the ending so I could slow down and enjoy the story. The setting is vivid. The characters are diverse. This is the first book I've ever read where poverty is the norm and the kid in the doublewide trailer is the rich kid. Definitely a "window" for most readers.
Cassie Thomas
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed Dusti’s second novel. I felt the characters were ones I know kids will be clean to as windows and mirrors. I also really enjoyed the style of writing in this book, there are a lot of opportunities for vocabulary instruction and plot structure as a teacher I can see myself using.
Sandra Stedge
Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quick read, good adventure with lots of action, and a good group of characters.
Snazzy Reads
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars
Christine Fitzgerald
Great story, reminds me of Goonies! A perfect middle grade book for boys and girls looking for buried treasure!!
Jayne Bartrand
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aven/Cactus is still my favorite, but I was rooting for Gus all the way. This book has all the feels from laugh out loud to gasps of shock. Yeah, Dusti! Keep writing!
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DUSTI BOWLING grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona, where, as her family will tell you, she always had her nose in a book. But it wasn’t until after starting down a couple of different career paths that Dusti realized her true passion was writing. She currently lives in Carefree, Arizona with her husband, three daughters, one bobcat, a pack of coyotes, a couple of chuckwallas, several rattlesnakes, and ...more