BookGirl: Mother Daughter Book Club Reads Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus

Navigate the complicated world of girlhood through reading and relationships. Middle grade author Dusti Bowling will lead a discussion of her book Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus!


About the Book:

Aven Green gets that question a lot. She 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.

Praise for Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus

Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactusis so amazingly brilliant, I wish I could hand it out to every limb different kid I come across. As a person who was born without arms, I can relate and say that this book is 100 % accurate in depicting Aven's struggles going to school with a disability. I would recommend this book to anyone of all ages, whether they have a disability or not. - Tisha Unarmed

I think Dusti must have somehow channeled my inner self when she was creating the character of Aven Green.  I related to almost everything that Aven experienced, and it brought back many memories of my own childhood. I was delighted that Aven was not portrayed as disabled, but rather extremely capable and able to do anything she wanted. I love that!  I feel honored to be the inspiration for this awesome book!  I am grateful for having been given the opportunity to read it. -Barbie Thomas of Fitness Unarmed 

Connor's Tourette's support-group meetings and Aven's witty, increasingly honest discussions of the pros and cons of "lack of armage" give the book excellent educational potential . . . its portrayal of characters with rarely depicted disabilities is informative, funny, and supportive. - Kirkus Reviews

Bowling’s sensitive and funny novel . . . demonstrates how negotiating others’ discomfort can be one of the most challenging aspects of having a physical difference and how friendship can mitigate that discomfort. . . . [an] openhearted, empathic book. - Publishers Weekly

About the Author:

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 a few herds of javelina

Event date: 
Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 10:30am