Please note: Out of respect for the East Bay community’s vocal opposition to his appearance, Francisco Cantú feels it will be best to cancel his signing appearance at East Bay Booksellers tonight. We regret any inconvenience this might cause. As he indicated in his public statement yesterday, Francisco acknowledges the importance of ceding space to the voices of those who are protesting his appearance, many of whom are our community’s most disenfranchised and endangered voices, and ultimately concluded the best thing he could do right now was to respect their wishes.
For our part, we have begun crafting a future panel discussion that will be more identifiably reflective of the lives and perspectives — by way of their art, literature, and advocacy, etc. — of those for too long denied their proper, safe platform. We look forward to telling you more about it. It’s going to be fantastic.
"Aven is a perky, hilarious, and inspiring protagonist whose attitude and humor will linger even after the last page has turned." --School Library Journal (Starred review)
Chosen for the Autumn 2017 Kids' Indie Next List
Aven Green loves to tell people that she lost her arms in an alligator wrestling match, or a wildfire in Tanzania, but the truth is she was born without them. And when her parents take a job running Stagecoach Pass, a rundown western theme park in Arizona, Aven moves with them across the country knowing that she'll have to answer the question over and over again.
Her new life takes an unexpected turn when she bonds with Connor, a classmate who also feels isolated because of his own disability, and they discover a room at Stagecoach Pass that holds bigger secrets than Aven ever could have imagined. It's hard to solve a mystery, help a friend, and face your worst fears. But Aven's about to discover she can do it all . . . even without arms.
About the Author
Dusti Bowling grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona, where, as her family will tell you, she always had her nose in a book. Dusti holds a Bachelor of Psychology and a Master of Education, but she eventually realized that her true passion was writing. The Day We Met, her self-published YA novel, has sold over 20,000 copies. She currently lives in Carefree, Arizona, with her husband, three daughters, one bobcat, a pack of coyotes, a couple of chuckwallas, several rattlesnakes, and a few herds of javelina.