Thursday, May 31, 2018

Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus

There's not much better than a sweet, stand alone middle grade novel. My path to this book was interesting: I belong to a book club where we read based on themes. Our theme for the summer is books about plants, so I headed to the Nerdy Book Club blog for some recommendations. The selection was limited, but I did find an interesting interview with Dusti Bowling, the author of Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus. 

When I learned that the book centered around an armless girl and her friendship with a boy with Tourette syndrome, I was eager to read it. There is so much to love about this book. Aven has such a sunny personality and Bowling perfectly balances sharing information about people with limb differences, without it overshadowing the plot.

Aven and her friends decide to investigate a mystery and instead of keeping it a secret from her parents, like we see in most middle grade and YA novels, she tells them and they help her. Maybe it's the new mom in me, but I love it when parents are involved in characters' lives.

The story wraps up very neatly, but that's not a bad thing in a book that would be perfect to recommend to fifth and sixth graders. I will be doing that a lot.

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