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Insignificant Events in The Life of a Cactus (edição 2017)

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"Aven is a perky, hilarious, and inspiring protagonist whose attitude and humor will linger even after the last page has turned." --School Library Journal (Starred review) The paperback edition of the bestselling 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 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. Autumn 2017 Kids' Indie Next Pick Junior Library Guild Selection Library of Congress's 52 Great Reads List 2018  … (mais)
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Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus por Dusti Bowling

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This is an amazing story featuring a girl who has a physical disability as the main character. I work in special education, and my students love it. One of my students, who has a different disability than Aven, said, "It feels like this book is about me." ( )
  AliciaBooks | Jul 13, 2021 |
children's middlegrade fiction (realistic school stories; girl who was born without arms moves to a new school for 8th grade and makes friends with boy with Tourette's in Arizona). What a funny and spunky narrator--I loved this story. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
Oof. I can say two good things about this. 1) I liked Conner and thought it was great to see (what I assume to be) a well-written MG character with Tourette's. I know next-to-nothing about TS and appreciated the introduction. 2) Reading this made me miss my old MG book club I led when I was a children's librarian. Some of our best discussions and activities surrounded books that highlighted disability, and I think my kiddos would have really gotten into this book.

I am a fan of middle grade fiction and am used to zany plots--even in realistic fiction--that require me to suspend belief for a spell. That said, I found a few really troubling things happening in this book. First, there was a lot of super binary and regressive language being thrown around. It slapped me in the face first when Aven said that, in her parents insistence on her figuring out how to use her feet, they told her she had to "be a man." This kept popping up in places throughout the book--nothing that steered the plot off-course, but enough to be jarring in the age of We Need Diverse Books.

I also found the lack of consent incredibly disturbing. It happened so frequently in major, major ways. Aven's mom suggesting she take Conner and Aven to a TS support group without telling his mother. Surprising Conner with a trip to the movie theater which was very obviously a major source of trauma for him. Oh haha, but it's all good because Aven's mom was a psych major in college and knows what's fundamentally best for a child she's barely spent any time with and certainly not in any therapeutic capacity. We live in a world that largely does not understand consent, disability, or mental health; it is so common for vulnerable populations are frequently taken advantage of in these do-gooder ways; and these instances perpetuate some very damaging notions. I'll also add that Aven appeared to be more interested in attending the support group than Conner did for her own selfish purposes, all of which seemed to really contribute to her taking on a savior complex like her mother.

Lastly, I found the whole adoption scenario troubling. I do not have first-hand experience with adoption, but I do have some friends who were adopted and other friends who have given up their children for adoption. None of that story rang true to how adoption actually works, and the fact that Josephine went to such extreme lengths as she did not only seems entirely improbable, but it is a jaw-droppingly horrendous invasion of privacy and a level of gas-lighting I do not find cute or sweet. If I were Aven's parents, I'd get the heck out of Dodge Stagecoach Whatever ASAP and maybe consider a restraining order. That's some creepy stuff there.

I had some other quibbles, many of which other reviewers have mentioned, but these were the most striking. I only kept on with it because I held out hope that at least some of it would be addressed in the end. Nope. The way this book was presented felt more like a way to capitalize on the growing representation of people with disabilities in children's literature than an earnest, healthy way of exploring disability. As I mentioned at the beginning, I would have loved to discuss this with my old book club, but I would have tried to help readers understand how much of what happened in this book was inappropriate. ( )
  LibroLindsay | Jun 18, 2021 |
For a few years now I have read letter after letter to the author of this book for a local program. Now that I have read it for myself I can see why. This book is adorable. Aven is just a girl who was born without arms and put up for adoption. She has had a great family life. But now it’s 8th grade and time to move for her dad’s job. The move to Arizona to run a small amusement park. A new life would be hard for anyone, let alone someone who is visibly different from her classmates. But Aven is a sweetheart and makes friends, maybe not with everyone, but her friendships are deep and helpful for each of them. Part of this story is what happened to the owner of the park, and why was Aven given up for adoption. It all works out in the end and it was just perfect. There is a second book in the series and I think I need to check it out too. ( )
  LibrarianRyan | Jun 4, 2021 |
Sweet middle-grade story about a band of outsiders led by the delightful Aven. Aven mostly considers being born without arms an inconvenience. There is a bit of a mystery at the heart of the book. I don't read middle grade unless my reading challenge requires. This year (I am reading for 2021 now) there are two middle grade prompts, I was looking at both of them as something to be gotten through, but it turns out I may just enjoy those prompts (this prompt was a middle grade book with an MC with a disability, but where the story is not focused on the disability.)

Aven has just started 8th grade when her world is turned upside down. Her unemployed father is offered a job in Arizona. Why did the employer (and old fashioned roadside old west theme park) reach out to her father, and what is up with the the secretive owner? How do you find tor place in middle school when you eat lunch with your feet? Those and other questions are answered. ( )
  Narshkite | Jan 6, 2021 |
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"Aven is a perky, hilarious, and inspiring protagonist whose attitude and humor will linger even after the last page has turned." --School Library Journal (Starred review) The paperback edition of the bestselling 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 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. Autumn 2017 Kids' Indie Next Pick Junior Library Guild Selection Library of Congress's 52 Great Reads List 2018  

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