24 Hours in Nowhere Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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.
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|Listening Length||5 hours and 7 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||June 25, 2019|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #135,585 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#220 in Children's Homelessness & Poverty Books (Books)
#870 in Children's Books on Bullying
#1,843 in Action & Adventure for Children
Reviewed in the United States on March 29, 2019
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Bowling’s ability to effortlessly weave complicated lives into a cohesive story line is stunning. She creates such well-rounded, relatable characters. I loved each of them — laughing and crying throughout their stories and treasure hunting adventure. Once I finished this book, I turned to my husband and said we would be buying a home copy of this book and reading it with our five children. I didn’t merely like this book, I would say it’s probably my favorite read of 2018, so far. This story beautifully addresses so many societal issues at once: bullying, sexism, racism, incarceration, abandonment, and income disparity. Bowling is a legit storyteller. I hope she has a mountain of books planned in her future because I plan to read every last one of them! My thanks to Sterling Publishing and Edelweiss for providing an advanced readers copy of this book in exchange for my review. And yes, I've already purchased my very own copy!!
I was lucky enough to read an ARC of this book through #BookPosse. As I was reading this book, I kept feeling like I was in the middle of the movie The Goonies. After finishing the book, I read the author's letter to the reader in which she describes her story as "Goonies-inspired," and it is certainly a fitting description. I plan on recommending 24 Hours in Nowhere to any student who tells me he/she doesn't like to read. This book is full of action and adventure, and it is sure to have readers holding to the edge of their seats.
I was worried that I wouldn’t love the characters in this one as much as I loved Aven and her Insignificant Events crew, but I worried myself for nothing!
Thirteen year old Gus embarks on an adventure in attempt to get a dirt bike back. Rossi, the girl who lost the bike after making a bet with the town bully, was sticking up for Gus, who feels really guilty for putting Rossi in this position.
Gus’s adventure takes him to an abandoned mine, searching for valuables. With three accomplices in tow, the group learns valuable lessons in bravery, loyalty, teamwork and friendship.
I loved that the book was set in time stamps of hours. So unique! Great middle grade read for my 4/5th grade students.