Momentous Events in the Life of A Cactus

Momentous Events in the Life of A Cactus

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"The sequel to the critically acclaimed Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus follows Aven Green as she confronts yet another challenge: high school. 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 2,300 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?"--provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : Sterling Children's Books, [2019]
ISBN: 9781454933298
1454933291
Characteristics: 306 pages ; 20 cm

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After navigating middle school, ninth-grader Aven, born without arms, struggles with the challenges of high school, which test her confidence, strength, and sense of self. Second book in the series, following "Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus".


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courtws
Oct 20, 2019

I liked Bowling's first book better, until the last fifty pages when I got emotionally involved. Any book that moves me to laugh out loud (Spaghetti/Lasagna llama reference), cheer (Aven and Lando), cry (Henry) or want to kick someone (Joshua and his horrible prank) gets at least four stars. I felt there were some really draggy moments in the middle, but what I'll remember is how I forged forth and was rewarded in the end.

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darladoodles
Sep 10, 2019

Aven continues to be a captivating leading lady. Bowling deftly communicates just how adept Aven has become at living life without arms in a world built for such appendages. Spaghetti, the llama, shares Aven's affections with Chili, the horse, and Fathead, the tarantula rescue. Connor has relocated to spend more time with his dad and is not as strongly featured as in the first book. I missed his friendship with Aven being such a prominent theme. Connor's geographical distance, however, does allow Zion to grow as a character since he and Aven start high school together. Their growing friendship allows the upcoming Comic Con to take prominence and we find Zion's family playing a strong role in "Momentous." The strongest story line centers around Aven's "Great Humiliation" and her decision to take action and move one -- definitely a highlight for me. If you like Bowling's other titles you will find this one is a strong addition to her list of accomplishments.

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