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|24 hours in Nowhere|
Author: Bowling, Dusti
When Rossi Scott saves 13-year-old Gus from Bo the bully by giving Bo her prized dirt bike in Nowhere, AZ, Gus is determined to buy it back for her by taking Rossi along with his friends Jessie and Matthew on a treasure hunt in a closed gold mine with the hope their adventure will also be the way out of being stuck in Nowhere.
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 3-5
Reading Level: 4.40
Points: 11.0 Quiz: 75638
Kirkus Reviews (06/15/18)
School Library Journal (+) (05/01/18)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 05/01/2018 Gr 5–7—Thirteen-year-old Gus is a white boy from Nowhere. Literally. Nowhere, AZ: population depressed, poverty-stricken, and stagnant. Dirt bike racing is the only blip on the town's flat-lining pulse. Gus is smart, but his small size makes him a natural target for Bo, the town bully. When Rossi, a Tohono O'odham girl with a talent for racing, stands up for Gus, she loses her beloved bike to Bo. Gus vows to get it back for her. Bo's terms require Gus to enter a closed mine with a history of collapses and find gold rumored to have been lost decades ago. Gus agrees and is joined by one of Bo's minions, an old friend, and Rossi. Each an outcast in some way, the kids form a bond through their harrowing 24-hour adventure. This allows each to gain strength from the others and push on. Conversations among the young teens reveal Gus's burgeoning awareness of his white privilege as he listens to the experiences of his Latinx and Native American friends. This story features wonderfully funny, surprising characters with witty, realistic dialogue. Friendships are forged, lives are changed, and mysteries are solved. VERDICT 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.—Lisa Crandall, formerly at the Capital Area District Library, Holt, MI - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 09/01/2018 Nowhere, Arizona, is notorious for being the least livable town in the U.S., and it certainly feels that way for 13-year-old Gus. Bullied by a local braggart and stuck living with his grandmother, Gus dreams of escape, namely by leaving for college someday. But in the time between now and then, to repay the girl who saved his butt, he goes searching for the gold that’s supposedly buried deep in Dead Frenchman Mine. The ragtag band of misfits that join him calls to mind the gang from The Goonies, and their underground escapades are alternatingly genuinely creepy, hilarious, and thrilling. From describing the sizzling heat to the sticky bat guano in the cave, Bowling tickles all of the senses with her evocative Southwest setting. While not quite as heartwarming as her breakout book, Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus? (2017), her latest is nevertheless an enjoyable adventure with a well-balanced and diverse supporting cast of characters. Sure to resonate with any kid who’s felt misplaced in their inherited surroundings. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.