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Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus

Life of a Cactus Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Karissa Vacker
Series: Life of a Cactus Series, Book 1
Length: 5 hrs and 27 mins
Categories: Children, Ages 8-10
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Summary

The audio edition of the best-selling middle grade novel about a spunky girl born without arms and a boy with Tourette syndrome navigating the challenges of middle school, disability, and friendship - all while solving a mystery in a western theme park.   

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 that 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.

©2017 Dusti Bowling (P)2019 Tantor

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"Charming and memorable. An excellent choice for middle grade collections and classrooms." (School Library Journal Starred Review)

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Great book and great narration.

A well writen and refreshing story, humerous and heart felt. The narration is bar one author who reads her own books, the best Ive heard.

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  • Rachel
  • 16-10-19

Great book!

I picked this book up after reading it during the students free read time in an elementary school. I couldnt stop reading it, such a great book. Great point made about not to compare our weakness to another persons strengths. Although the main character in this book did not have arms this didnt prevent her from doing the everyday things and even keeping a sense of humor. when she realized that not every one saw her the same way, she had a choice to make, to see her self as a person that cant achieve much, or to follow her dreams! :) good read!

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  • Cathryn Demeur
  • 16-10-19

Great Story! Read with my 5th grader and his class

Read with my son and his 5th grade class. Was engaging, encouraging, and full of suprises!

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  • Alecia Gamble
  • 30-10-19

Great Book!

I listened with my 11 year old sister and she thoroughly enjoyed the book! She listened to the last 22 chapters in one sitting and wouldn’t stop for anything! Highly recommend for this age group.
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  • S Rose
  • 25-10-19

Wonderful story about teen years

I love the characterization in this book. The author did a great job creating characters that I could see in my mind. I also enjoyed hearing about people that overcome their difficulties and come out strong. I gave this book a good rating in all areas because it was a really good book.

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  • Bethany Rissell
  • 16-09-19

Great! Very motivational and inspirational!

This book is great & helps with accepting your abilities. How we’re the same too. It’s great and is helpful and fun to read. I recommend this to anyone and really enjoyed listening to it!

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  • J. Kelly
  • 25-08-19

Loved it!

This is a wonderful story! If you like Wonder and Star Girl, you'll love this book.

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  • Ashley Brooke Riffle
  • 23-08-19

Coming of Age Story for All Ages

If you aren't cheering on the Desert Trio after it's all said and done, you missed the story! Dustin Bowling is an imaginative, exciting and heart-capturing storyteller that reminds us all that 'disability' is a label, not who someone is.

Elements of mystery, suspense, humor and most of all: love. These themes keep you terrified to hit pause because you miss the characters the second they leave. Read by Karissa Vacker, this audiobook is an edge of your seat listen. She brings Bowling's phenomenal text to life and paints a crystal clear imagery of each character that leaves you falling more in love with each chapter. 5 stars isn't enough to describe this purchase. Worth every penny!

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  • Meghan Keller
  • 15-08-19

Amazing

So amazing best book I have ever read. It is so inspiring and fun at the same time. I didn’t want to stop reading it when I had to go to bed.

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  • Eli
  • 09-08-19

Heartwarming Story about Celebrating Differences

Great story about accepting others and yourself for who they and you are without question. Wish the "mystery" had been developed a little more throughout the story, especially after finiding out the big reveal. Overall, great performance and awesome teen fiction!

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  • Peter K.
  • 09-08-19

Awesome book for my blind child,

Awesome Book that kept my 5 daughter engaged the whole time. She is five and totally blind. It talks a lot about feeling different and what disability does to somebody’s life ( good or bad). Amazing writer and her main character is very inspirational.