Momentous Events in the Life of a Cactus

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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.”
This sequel to the critically acclaimed Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus, now in paperback, follows Aven Green as she confronts yet another challenge: high school.

“Those preparing to ‘slay the sucktastic beast known as high school’ will particularly appreciate this spirited read.” —Kirkus (Starred review)

Just as Aven starts to feel comfortable in Stagecoach Pass, with her friends and schoolmates accustomed to her lack of “armage,” everything changes once again. She’s about to begin high school . . . with 3,000 new kids to stare at her. And no matter how much Aven tries to play it cool, nothing prepares her for the reality. In a year filled with confusion, humiliation, and just maybe love, can Aven manage to stay true to herself?

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.


"Aven's honest, witty voice shines-whether out-of-reach vending-machine snacks are 'taunting' her or she's nursing heartaches. A subplot exploring Aven's curiosity about her biological father resolves with a touching twist. . . . Those preparing to 'slay the sucktastic beast known as high school' will particularly appreciate this spirited read." -Kirkus (Starred review)

"Ultimately time and events, highlighted by a hard but incentive fall from her horse and a trip to Comic-Con-not to mention support from a diverse and multigenerational adult supporting cast-lead Aven past what she dubs the 'Great Humiliation' to leave her both literally and figuratively back in the saddle. . . . readers will welcome back this most able of protagonists." -Booklist

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