24 Hours in Nowhere

24 Hours in Nowhere

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"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? 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. 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.
Publisher: 2018
ISBN: 9781454929260
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Alternative Title: Twenty four hours in nowhere

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booknrrd
Aug 20, 2019

A 2020-2021 Missouri Mark Twain Readers Award preliminary nominee (grades 4-6).

An ill-advised deal leads to four 7th graders sneaking out of their houses at night to try to find gold in the Dead Frenchman's Mine, a mine that is famous locally for all of the drunk explorers whose lives it has claimed. What makes them think they will be successful? Nothing. They have have to be, or the bully will win.

This was super fun! Dusti Bowling is 2 for 2 for me now. I feel like middle-grade fiction tends to be too simplistic with its messaging and characterizations, but Bowling manages to have a message and still be fun and not preachy. A solid adventure novel about the value of friendship and sticking together.

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darladoodles
Nov 08, 2018

In this cleverly written middle grade novel, a whole lot happens to Gus and his friends in just 24 hours. Ironically, they all live in a town called Nowhere. It all begins with a bully named Bo. Our hero (Gus) describes himself as a 13-year-old with the body of an 8-year-old and the brain of an 18-year-old. This book has it all: rumors of treasure, desert peril, wild animals, a dangerous mine, motorcycle racing and more. . . Many a chapter ends with a cliffhanger and drags you onto the next one. A captivating read for boys and girls.

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