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Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus
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Dusti Bowling holds a Bachelor of Psychology and a Master of Education, but her true passion is writing. She is the author of the well-reviewed 24 Hours in Nowhere (Sterling); The Day We Met, her self-published YA novel, sold over 20,000 copies. She currently lives in Carefree, AZ, with her husband, three daughters, one bobcat, a pack of coyotes, a couple of chuckwallas, several rattlesnakes, and a few herds of javelina.

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Awards include:
Autumn 2017 Indie Next Pick
Junior Library Guild Selection
Reading the West Award Winner
Library of Congress's 52 Great Reads List 2018
Youth One Book, One Denver 2018
Chicago Public Library "Best of the Best" 2017
Evanston Public Library Best of 2017
Austin Public Library Best Tween Fiction 2017
Multnomah County Library Best Books of 2017
Southwest Books of the Year "Best of the Best" 2017
The Children's Book Review Best Kids Books of 2017 for Tweens and Preteens
Booksource Top 40 Classroom Library Titles of 2017


Praise for the hardcover edition of Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus

"She is a perky, hilarious, and inspiring protagonist whose attitude and humor will linger even after the last page has turned. The tale of Stagecoach Pass is just as compelling as the story of Aven, and the setting, like the many colorful characters who people this novel, is so vivid and quirky that it's practically cinematic. VERDICT Charming and memorable. An excellent choice for middle grade collections and classrooms." --
School Library Journal
(Starred review)

"Dusti Bowling's story of a regular, hugely likable kid who deals with her unusual challenges with grace and humor is pitch-perfect." --Shelf Awareness (starred review)

"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

"[A] sensitive and funny novel . . . an openhearted, empathic book. --Publishers Weekly

"Aven Green didn't really lose her arms in a wrestling match, but when her parents move the family halfway across the country to manage a run-down theme park, she'd rather tell them tall tales than the truth--she was born without them. It's not until she meets a new friend with another kind of disability that she learns to accept people's differences, including her own. Really funny, fun read." --Slate

"A remarkable, original story with true heart, a fresh voice, and an absolutely unforgettable hero. It's a book sure to give any reader goosebumps, teary eyes, and out-loud laughs. It's a book that doesn't just open your eyes, it opens your heart." --Dan Gemeinhart, author of The Honest Truth

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