During the month of November, I had the opportunity to read Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling. This was my middle school teachers’ reading group selection. I am so glad that they introduced me to this authentic book ! I was captured by the story-line from the moment I began reading and fell in love with Aven at the very first read.
Aven Green is a middle school girl who lives without any arms. She is inspiring, funny, and has a clear head on her shoulders despite her life situation. Rather than this be a book about how miserable life is for Aven that makes you feel sorry for the girl; it is one that motivates you to be the best person you can be no matter where you find yourself. Working with middle schoolers, I know how incredible they are no matter what challenges they face. This book invites the reader to look past what we see and look at the heart of the person, where we will find so much more than what meets the eye.
Hear Dusti Bowling talk about her funny, heartfelt book Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus:
This is definitely going to be added to my classroom library. As we see more and more anti-bullying campaigns enter our secondary schools, I feel the current overwhelming need for teaching compassion and the acceptance of differences; Dusti Bowling is right on the mark with this one. Easy to read, engaging, heartwarming, and full of compassion. A lesson of friendship, acceptance, encouragement, and appreciation; allowing for a genuine open discussion at it’s completion.
Great News! As I searched for images to use in this post, I found out that Dusti Bowling has written a sequel entitled Momentous Events in the Life of a Cactus. The synopsis reads: Aven is up for a new challenge, high school. But nothing prepares her for the reality, and in a year filled with confusion, humiliation, fears, loss, and love. I am so very excited, I am going to be purchasing this one right away!
Now I must finish reading this month’s book club selection Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson. I will be sure to come back here and share with you my thoughts once it is complete. Until then ….