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 againchesHer 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: 2017
ISBN: 9781454923466
Branch Call Number: E-Book CHILD
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Category: Jave Laugh - Fun reads

Sometimes being different requires handling other people's discomfort.

Aven was born without arms, but this has never stopped the plucky teen. A great soccer player, she has learned how to do almost anything using her feet and legs, with the support of her adoptive parents. New trials await her, though, when her parents move to Arizona to run a Wild West theme park.... Read More »

Aven was born without arms, but gets through life just fine, telling gawkers made up stories about her lack of limbs. Life gets a little complicated though, after her family moves from Kansas to Arizona and a mystery presents itself. Debut title from an Arizona author!

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May 11, 2019


Jan 24, 2019

Aven Green lives her life without arms more authentically than many kids with all of their limbs. Her story is inspiring and informative as she befriends a boy with Tourette's and another with a weight problem. They run into each other while avoiding eating lunch in the cafeteria. Together they team up to try and solve the mystery of the missing owner of Stagecoach Pass. When Aven's spirits dip into a valley, her father inspires her with Matthew 5:15 and encourages her to let her light shine. Shine on, Aven. Looking forward to the sequel!

Apr 15, 2018

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Apr 03, 2018

Such a great book !It is about a girl named Aven that has to move because her mom and dad got a new job. She has to move from all l of her friends what will happen when she moves ?

JessicaGma Dec 14, 2017

I had to read this based on the title alone, and it's a great book. Aven was born without arms and has moved to a western theme park with her adopted parents. So she has to make friends at her new school, where the kids don't quite understand how to deal with someone who is differently abled. A great cast of characters and a mystery add to this book's charm. I recommend this for ages 9-12


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