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Momentous Events in the Life of a Cactus

(Life of a Cactus #2)

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“High School. Two words that struck fear into the heart of every armless middle schooler I knew. Which was me. And like two people online.”
 
The sequel to the critically acclaimed Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus follows Aven Green as she confronts yet another challenge: high school.
 
Just as Aven starts to feel comfortable in Stagecoach Pass, with he
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Hardcover, 310 pages
Published September 17th 2019 by Union Square Kids
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Dusti Bowling
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I'm so excited to share more of Aven's adventures with you all! I hope you enjoy them! ...more
Danielle
Jul 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Aven is BACK!! ❤️ I loved loved loved the first book and had my doubts that the sequel would be as good. But boy, it was. I LOVE Aven. 🤗 She is such a courageous and bright character. I also loved that this book was realistic with the high school experience. 😉
Kate Olson
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
(free review copy via @kidlitexchange ) I LOVED getting to go back into Aven's world and see how all of her friendships and other relationships evolved over time! Bowling expertly transitioned from a book ABOUT Aven's being differently abled (Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus) to a book about a teen girl's (who happens to have no arms) trials and tribulations. Mind you, this is a very important distinction as it takes us from and "issue" book to a "non-issue" book. I loved that evolut ...more
Darla
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Aven continues to be a captivating leading lady. Bowling deftly communicates just how adept Aven has become at living life without arms in a world built for such appendages. Spaghetti, the llama, shares Aven's affections with Chili, the horse, and Fathead, the tarantula rescue. Connor has relocated to spend more time with his dad and is not as strongly featured as in the first book. I missed his friendship with Aven being such a prominent theme. Connor's geographical distance, however, does allo ...more
Kristin
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This sequel takes Aven to her first year of high school. 3,000 students, but only 700 from her middle school. Her best friend, Connor, has moved across town and now attends a different school. Now, Aven and Zion have to tackle this new chapter on their own. And it's starting off worse than transferring middle schools ever was. Will Aven stay true to herself with so much confusion, hurt, and loss swarming around her?

Pre-order this one now! You will want it in hand when it drops on September 17, 2
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Laura Gardner
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So happy to get an early copy. Loved it! More soon...
Rachel {bibliopals}
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
Character named Lando (nickname for my son) who ends up being a hero AND a homeschooler who isn't portrayed in a negative light! 👍🏻👍🏻 ...more
Nicole M. Hewitt
This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction Addiction

I actually liked this second installment in the series even more than the first! This second book has Aven headed off to high school and facing even more changes (and some bullying). This book fills a void in that it bridges MG and YA quite nicely. Throughout the book, Aven struggles with confidence and has to find her way in a new school and in the new world of crushes and floundering friendships. Still, Aven’s voice
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Emilia
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
I didn't really like the cover and Aven was depressed for most of the book, so I didn't like it as much as the first book. ...more
Diana Flores
Jul 02, 2022 rated it really liked it
Good follow up to Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus 🌵

Aven is navigating high school, missing Connor, and dealing with all sorts of drama at Stagecoach Pass. 🐎

Although Aven is in high school, she's written a bit younger, and certainly more naive, than typical Teen Fiction characters, so I'd recommend this to middle school readers.

Fun to read novels set in the place where I live. Will look for more by author Dusti Bowling. 📚
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Rosemary
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dusti Bowling gives readers more of the unsinkable Aven, her family, friends, and life at Stagecoach Pass in the follow-up to 2017's Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus (which also happens to be one of my favorite middle grade books ever). Aven, a middle grader born with no arms; her best friends, Connor, a boy with Tourette's and Zion, a boy with weight problems, formed a tight-knit group of kids who could lean on each other, strengthen one another, and - because what are friends for? ...more
Jan
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a treat to be back in the world of the fabulous and courageous Aven Green and her family and friends. When last we left her in Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus all was well in her world. She had two best friends in Connor and Zion, had solved the mystery of her birth and adoption, found her grandmother, and had made some important changes to the running of her family's theme park, Stagecoach Pass. But then everything changes when she enters high school in September as one of 3,0 ...more
Laura Petrie
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to the #kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. — I couldn’t have been more excited to read this sequel, and I loved this book just as much as the first. Momentous Events in the Life of a Cactus finds our quirky and fun loving protagonist Aven on a brand new adventure: high school. The premise of this story was one of the main reasons why I loved it so much. As a teacher, I find that middle grade and middle school readers tend to want to read a ...more
Brandy
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This sequel to Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus is a must read! Aven is back, and though she is starting high school, this is very much a middle grade book. Family, friends, life changes... this book has everything a middle grade reader would want, all wrapped up in Aven's amazing sense of humor and viewpoint! To know her is to love her! ...more
Michele Knott
I am so grateful Dusti wrote this story. I hope middle school and high school students read this book. More to be said on the blog soon...
Robin Tobin (On the back porch reading)
I adore this author and this precious series she has created...
Tonja Drecker
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Firstly, I did not read the first book in this series, although I have heard quite a bit about it. While reading the first book would have helped to know who the characters were, at times, and their backgrounds, I had absolutely no trouble sinking into this book. I recommend reading the first book but can't say there's a problem with picking up the second instead.

Aven is entering high school, and after just getting settled into middle school, she's more than nervous at the idea of having to adju
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Shaye Miller
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you've read Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus, then surely you've grown attached to Aven, Connor, and Zion. These characters shared the misfortune of being left out, bullied, and ignored for much of their lives before finding comfort in one another. Well in book #2, Zion is still fairly timid, struggling to make eye contact. Connor still has continual tics due to Tourette syndrome. And Aven is still armless, obviously. But things are pumped up a notch as the friends enter high scho ...more
Katie Reilley
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am fortunate to be part of this book's launch team and received an ARC to read and review.

Picking up shortly after the end of Insignificant Events, Aven is getting ready to begin a new chapter in her life...high school. With a new school comes change, of course. From 700 students to 3,000, and without Connor (who's moved across town and attends a different school), Aven and Zion work together to battle the beast known as high school.

When Aven is challenged in ways she's never experienced bef
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Jennifer Whitt
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am fortunate to be part of this book's launch team and received an ARC to read and review.

The sequel of Insignificant Events brings Aven to high school. With a new school comes change and Aven's confidence is tested. After losing Connor (to a move), Aven and Zion, with Zion's older brother Lando, set out to make the most of this new school. Aven finds strength in people and places that she did not expect and works through the turmoil that high school and growing up can bring to anyone, even w
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Katja
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
Really sweet YA story about an armless girl facing high school life in a very quirky and uinque setting, namely an Arizona Wild West theme park.

I had a lot of problems with the first book in this series, mainly the squeaky clean characters, the (in my opinion) overly positive attitude of the main character and the "you can do anything you want" mantra. None of these problems existed in the second instalment, on the contrary, there was a lot of teen angst, low self esteem, crappy behavior toward
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Clare Lund
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely ADORED this sequel to Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus! I received an ARC as a member of the book's launch team, but am not being compensated for my reviews.

As Aven starts high school, she is faced with a new level of bullying she has never experienced before, causing her to lose her confidence. Through the help of Connor, Zion, and a new cast of friends, Aven learns a lot about what it means to be true to herself. I loved the references to comic books and punk rock, and
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Stacey DeCotis (Reading in the Middle Grades)
Aven is back with her wit and humor! As she starts high school with 3,000 kids her strength and confidence is tested. Connor has moved and won’t be part of her new experience. Zion warns her about a boy who is giving her attention. Henry is starting to lose his memory and Aven has to deal this all and more.

Written in such a smart way with each chapter giving cool lyrics to punk bands, Dusti Bowling does it again to make this book unputdownable. Fans of Aven will laugh and cry as she navigates t
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Stacy
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was in love with Aven Green from the moment she gave her first crazy reason for not having arms. She is one of my favorite fictional characters and I couldn't wait for this sequel to arrive! Just as entertaining as "Insignificant Events," Aven is now navigating the pitfalls of high school. A safe read for any age - Dusti Bowling can tell a story that's entertaining at any age. Keep on writing! ...more
Mori K
Aug 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Jennifer
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read this as a follow up to the first book about Aven, Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus. The tone and style of this book changed dramatically compared with the first book the first is definitely middle grade fiction; this one is more YA, and rightfully so. Aven has entered high school and things can be pretty rough in high school, more so if you're an outsider, an easy target to be picked on and bullied. The tone is more angsty. Aven has lost the confidence she had in the first nov ...more
Jenni Moeller
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Loved being back in Avens world! She discovers punk rock in this book so I had to bust out some Blink 182 after reading it. Haha 😆 This book shows real struggles that come with high school aka dumb people. Unfortunately, that’s life. There are dumb people out there and Aven has to decide how she will handle the hurts that come her way. Another heartwarming story from Dusti Bowling.
Kim
Nov 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The two books in this series are little hidden gems! Such an uplifting story with lots of laughs along the way! I definitely recommend it no matter what your age!
Susan
Wonderful! I'm very sorry to see this one end! Wish there was a third in this series. ...more
Scottsdale Public Library
The adventure continues with Aven Green, a transplant to the Valley of the Sun, as she enters 9th grade.
Having already established friendships the previous year, she is ready to take on high school. However, life has a few momentous events that send Aven wondering why her parents moved to a place where “a couple of minutes [outside] feels like hours when you’re walking on the surface of the sun”. The author’s humor is sprinkled throughout the book with Aven having a wonderful imagination and a
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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. She released her first middle grade novel in 2017 and hasn't stopped writing since.

Dusti's books have won the Reading the West Award, the Sakura Medal, a Golden Kite Honor, the William Allen White Children's Book Award, and have been nominated for a Cybil and over thirty state awar
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