This one goes out to all those parents, teachers, librarians, and kids who loved Wonder by R. J. Palacio and want something similar. I gobbled it up and loved every second of it.
Title: Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus
Author: Dusti Bowling
Publisher: Sterling Children’s Books
Page #: 272
Genre: Middlegrade, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction
I made a video review of this one right after finishing it, watching it back several months later I realized that it took me a while to catch my footing while talking about it but if you can stick with my scattered thoughts for about a minute I get there and you can hear why I think this book is going to become an instant classic.
I liked it more than I liked Wonder which is blasphemy in some ways and warranted in others. Definitely one to read to help introduce empathy and acceptance of diversity in kids, also a great way to discuss deformity, disability, and mental health at a young age. One to pick up next week when it is published.
I look forward to Dusti Bowling’s future books because I’m sure she has a bright career ahead of her if this is any indication. Well done.