How an Armless Girl Tackles High School

Today I have a book that shares how an armless girl tackles high school.  This is the sequel to one of my favorite books, The Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus.  I hadn’t really thought about a second book, but when I read this one it was like visiting with an old friend I hadn’t realized I missed.

Don’t forget to follow One Great Book on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or by email so that you don’t miss a single story that makes you realized how difficult starting high school can be.  Now imagine that with no arms.

Title: Momentous Events in the Life of a Cactushow an armless girl tackles high school

Author: Dusti Bowling

Target: Grades 5-8

Series: Yes.  This is the second book in a series

What this book is about:

Aven is back and she is off to conquer high school, or maybe it conquers her for a bit.  For those who haven’t read the first book, Aven is armless and must use her feet as hands.  She has a loving and supportive family and good friends who are there for each other, although they are also facing their own challenges.  While Aven managed to find her footing in middle school, high school is throwing her for a loop.  When an incident with a boy leaves her humiliated, she isn’t quite sure how to get back to her optimistic self. Only when she faces her truth can she move on.

Why I love this book:

  • It is totally impossible not to love Aven. I seriously double-dog dare you.  Her humor, grace, and optimism in the face of her disability is admirable.  Reading this sequel was like getting together again with an old friend.  That said, Aven’s confidence is shaken.  High school can be difficult and I appreciated that the author didn’t make her journey too easy.  This is tough stuff to deal with, and it is not surprising that Aven makes some missteps and begins to doubt herself.  
  • While Aven’s disability is certainly front and center, these books are never specifically about that.  They are about a girl who is managing life.  While our kids may not have had to contend with such a prominent challenge, they all have their insecurities and mountains to climb, and Aven will certainly inspire them.
  • I love the cast of characters around Aven.  From parents who encourage self-reliance, to friends who are genuinely on Aven’s side, she is surrounded by good folks.  They make the journey easier, but they can’t always stop the pain and that is really a true fact about life.

Who this book is for:

This book is for kids who read and loved Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus.  I would recommend that kids read that first book since there is not much back story included in this one. A great book for children who enjoyed Wonder.  I would hand this book to kids in middle school who want to read about high school.

Final thoughts:

Dusti Bowling did it again, with a charming book that I stayed up way too late to read.  Will we get the college years next? I hope so!

To purchase this book:

Click on the following link to connect to Amazon: Momentous Events in the Life of a Cactus.  A portion of each purchase will go to support this blog at no cost to you.  Thank you for your support.