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Momentous Events in the Life of a Cactus

(Aven Green #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 her
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 17th 2019 by Sterling Children's Books
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Dusti Bowling I don't have any plans right now for a third book, but anything is possible :)
Dusti Bowling Hi Betsie! I'm sorry but I don't currently have plans for a sequel to 24 Hours in Nowhere, though I think it would be really fun to write one! I'm…moreHi Betsie! I'm sorry but I don't currently have plans for a sequel to 24 Hours in Nowhere, though I think it would be really fun to write one! I'm glad you and your kids are enjoying my stories! Thank you so much!(less)

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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!
Kate ☀️ Olson
(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 ...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,
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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...
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 ...more
Emilia
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 (one of my favorites!). Final verdict: 3.8 stars.
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 ...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!
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...
Lizz Axnick
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was so looking forward to reading this book and was even more excited to receive an ARC! However, I just didn't feel this book the same way I did with the first one in the series. However, I think I would continue to follow Aven's character indefinitely because she is just so amazing.

The backstory is about a young woman who lives in a "theme park" called Stagecoach Pass in Arizona. Her family moved there for her last year in middle school and this year she is starting high school. What makes
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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
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
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Andrea Doyon
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-books
“Sometimes the friends you make aren’t the ones you expected. And sometimes the place you find yourself in isn’t the place you were hoping for. And sometimes, if you keep an open mind, you’ll find they’re so much better than what you imagined.”

In Momentous Events in the Life of a Cactus Dusti Bowling continues the story of Aven Green, a young woman who was born without both of her arms. This novel’s story focuses on her newest adventure: high school. As many of us remember from our own
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Susan
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
So great to revisit the world of Stagecoach Pass and Aven’s circle of family and friends. I liked that the dynamics were shaken up significantly with Connor and Jo being disconnected in some way. I’m glad that Aven’s relationship with Zion was explored and strengthened. His anger with her because she didn’t listen to him (twice) was a bit heavy handed, but these are teenagers, after all. The tone of this book was very different from the first- Aven is sad, anxious and afraid for much of the ...more
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 ...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
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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
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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 ...more
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
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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!
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
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Deanna Siegel
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic sequel from Bowling. Aven and her friends are back and starting high school. Aven faces some intense bullying, causing her to withdraw from family and friends. I would have liked a little bit more of Connor, but I thought it was such a solid novel overall. I loved being back in Aven’s world and I even teared up towards the end. This is a group of characters I want to endlessly follow.
LouAnne
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great sequel!!! The best books have characters I want to meet and I want to go to Stagecoach Pass for ice cream. Also had to check out the punk band We Are Librarians!
Lynn Plourde
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I adore Aven--such a complex character. The first half of the book was kind of slow, but I was cheering loudly for Aven and her friends by the end!
Jeimy
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
My favorite thing was the faux punk lyrics. However, this book was too predictable and tried too hard to make its point come across.
Nancy
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
AVEN! Ya did it again. Took my heart and made me laugh and cry. Such rich characters! Who wouldn't want to spend more time with them??
Allison
Loved this as much as Insignificant! Aven is the best.
Michaela
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
MY HEART
Michelle
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 and rounding up. Aven and friends linger in my brain...Bowling created a great story!
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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 Silver Nautilus Award, and have been nominated for a Cybil and over twenty state awards. Her books are
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