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"Quixotic: marked by rash lofty romantic ideas or extravagantly chivalrous action."
Nowhere, Arizona is a poor town comprised of run down trailers, run down people, and cactus. Gus lives alone with his grandmother, and spends a lot of time studying for the SAT, suspecting that a college scholarship might be his only way out. When a good Samaritan girl named Rossi swaps her dirt bike to save Gus from a bully's ambush, Gus embarks on a dangerous treasure hunt in an abandoned mine, to buy her bike back in time for the big race. The author contrasts the beauty of the desert, with memorable details about the harsh realities of thrift shop living, and absentee parents. The author subtly breaks through cultural and gender stereotypes, in a fun adventure that should appeal equally to boys and girls.
"Reminiscent of Louis Sachar's Holes with its quirky characters and unique desert setting, this is a middle-grade read that will easily transport readers somewhere special." --School Library Journal (Starred review)
When you come from Nowhere, can you ever really make it anywhere? Author Dusti Bowling (Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus) returns to the desert to create a gripping story about friendship, hope, and finding the power we all have within ourselves.
Welcome to Nowhere, Arizona, the least livable town in the United States. For Gus, a bright 13-year-old with dreams of getting out and going to college, life there is made even worse by Bo Taylor, Nowhere's biggest, baddest bully. When Bo tries to force Gus to eat a dangerously spiny cactus, Rossi Scott, one of the best racers in Nowhere, comes to his rescue--but in return she has to give Bo her prized dirt bike. Determined to buy it back, Gus agrees to go searching for gold in Dead Frenchman Mine, joined by his old friends Jessie Navarro and Matthew Dufort, and Rossi herself. As they hunt for treasure, narrowly surviving everything from cave-ins to mountain lions, they bond over shared stories of how hard life in Nowhere is--and they realize this adventure just may be their way out.
About the Author
Dusti Bowling holds a Bachelor of Psychology and a Master of Education, but eventually realized that her true passion was writing. The author of the IndieNext pick Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus, she currently lives in Carefree, AZ, with her husband, three daughters, one bobcat, a pack of coyotes, a couple of chuckwallas, several rattlesnakes, and a few herds of javelina.
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