Award-winning author Dusti Bowling visited Robertsville Middle School on Monday, October 31 and Wednesday, November 2. She spoke to 7th and 8th graders on Monday morning and to 5th and 6th graders on Wednesday morning. Students and staff enjoyed her discussions of books, her photos and videos of the plants and animals in Arizona, and her wonderful sense of humor. Mrs. Bowling also signed books for RMS staff in three different autograph parties.

Below are short summaries of Dusti Bowling’s novels:

The Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus: Aven Green was born with no arms. When her parents take a job running a rundown western theme park in Arizona, she has to start over at a new school and community, not an easy task for someone without arms. Her life takes an unexpected turn when she bonds with Connor, who also has a disability. They discover a room at Stagecoach Pass that holds bigger secrets than Aven ever could have imagined. The sequel is Momentous Events in the Life of a Cactus. Mrs. Bowling has also written a series of early chapter books about Aven.

The Canyon’s Edge: A year after her mother’s tragic death, Nora and her father experience another traumatic event when they are caught in a flash flood while hiking in a slot canyon in the Arizona desert. This adventure novel is mostly written in verse and also touches upon issues of mental health.

Across the Desert:  After a friend crashes a ultra-lite plane in the desert, Jolene tries to rescue her with a help of a new friend and her mapmaking skills.

24 Hours in Nowhere: Desperate to raise enough money to buy a dirt bike before the biggest race of the year, Gus and three of his friends search for gold in the abandoned and possibly haunted Dead Frenchman’s Mine.

You can learn more about Dusti Bowling and her books at