Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus – Book Review

Choosing books for older children or teenagers can be a problem. When Star was little she’d be happy with any new book, now she’s a little more fussy and likes to choose her own reading. Sometimes, though, I come across something that would make a great addition to her library.
Insignificant Events in the life of a Cactus is a book that should amaze and delight any young reader.
Hardcover: 272 pages
Age Range: 8 – 12 years
Publisher: Sterling (7 Oct. 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1454923458
ISBN-13: 978-1454923459
Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 2.3 x 20.1 cm

The Blurb

Aven Green didn’t lose her arms in an alligator wrestling match or a wildfire in Tanzania. That’s just what she tells people when she gets the “looks.”  The truth is Aven was born without arms, but, at age 13, that hasn’t’ stopped her from doing almost anything. Then her parents take a job running Stagecoach Pass, a rundown Western theme park in Arizona, and Aven has to leave everything she knows behind. 

Aven struggles to make friends at her new school, where the kids can’t seem to see past her missing arms. But her life takes another unexpected turn when she meets Connor, a Classmate who also feels isolated because of this own disability. Together, they discover an old storage shed at the park that holds bigger secrets than Aven ever could have imagined. It’s hard to solve a mystery, help a friend, and face your fears. But Aven’s about to find out what she’s capable of….and how far from insignificant she is.

First Impressions 

The book is hardback with a cover which takes you straight into the wild west of Arizona. I love the cactus chapter numbers It’s a nice touch. Each chapter is only around six pages long so it’s very easy to read in short bursts which can be attractive to young readers. Watch out for the surprise picture in the back.

The Verdict

I couldn’t put this book down. Aven is like no character I’ve ever met in a book before and it’s not because she has no arms. She is charming, clever, inspirational, brave and very humorous. The story is in first person so we get to see all of Aven. She is human, she has feelings that can be hurt, she also notices other people that often get ignored. She’s sees the good in everyone and helps them to see it in themselves. She is far from insignificant.
The story revolves around Aven’s new life in a run down theme park in Arizona. Her adoptive parents are the ones that have taught Aven everything, but is there also some part of her birth mother in her too? 
I’d recommend this book to any young reader, whether they have a disability or not. It really makes you think about how other people are feeling. It’s also very inspiring to read how other people manage to do things that you could not imagine doing.

Star is now reading this book and she said she’s enjoying it a lot.

I received my review copy of Insignificant events in the life of a Cactus from The GMC Group
It will be available for purchase from 7th October 2017


  1. September 26, 2017 / 5:43 pm

    This looks like a really interesting book and I love the title! I'm looking for new book suggestions with Christmas coming up :o)


  2. September 27, 2017 / 9:06 am

    It would make a great Christmas present, the title is relevant to the book as well. thanks for stopping by and commenting. x

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