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Third-grader Aven Green has been solving mysteries for a whole month—cracking such cases as The Mystery of the Cranky Mom. But can this perceptive detective solve two cases at the same time? First her teacher’s lunch bag disappears. Then Aven’s great-grandma’s dog goes missing. Fortunately, since Aven was born without arms, all the “arm” cells went to her super-powered bra Third-grader Aven Green has been solving mysteries for a whole month—cracking such cases as The Mystery of the Cranky Mom. But can this perceptive detective solve two cases at the same time? First her teacher’s lunch bag disappears. Then Aven’s great-grandma’s dog goes missing. Fortunately, since Aven was born without arms, all the “arm” cells went to her super-powered brain instead. (That’s her theory.) This hilarious chapter book showcases a new side to Dusti Bowling’s unforgettable protagonist.  


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Third-grader Aven Green has been solving mysteries for a whole month—cracking such cases as The Mystery of the Cranky Mom. But can this perceptive detective solve two cases at the same time? First her teacher’s lunch bag disappears. Then Aven’s great-grandma’s dog goes missing. Fortunately, since Aven was born without arms, all the “arm” cells went to her super-powered bra Third-grader Aven Green has been solving mysteries for a whole month—cracking such cases as The Mystery of the Cranky Mom. But can this perceptive detective solve two cases at the same time? First her teacher’s lunch bag disappears. Then Aven’s great-grandma’s dog goes missing. Fortunately, since Aven was born without arms, all the “arm” cells went to her super-powered brain instead. (That’s her theory.) This hilarious chapter book showcases a new side to Dusti Bowling’s unforgettable protagonist.  

30 review for Aven Green, Sleuthing Machine

  1. 5 out of 5

    Dusti Bowling

    I can't wait for you all to meet eight-year-old Aven! She's something else! I can't wait for you all to meet eight-year-old Aven! She's something else!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus While I really liked Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus, this mystery was suitable more for much younger readers. Second and maybe even first graders will enjoy this introduction to the intrepid and very smart Aven.

  3. 5 out of 5

    VillaPark Public Library

    Aven Green is a spunky third grader who was born without arms. She doesn’t let her disability limit her activities, though. When her teacher’s lunch goes missing and her great-grandmother’s dog disappears, Aven attempts to solve these two mysteries. The diverse cast of characters in this book includes Aven’s adoptive parents and accepting friends. Humorous and refreshing, Aven Green, Sleuthing Machine is an early chapter book that sets the stage for what is sure to be an exciting series. Check th Aven Green is a spunky third grader who was born without arms. She doesn’t let her disability limit her activities, though. When her teacher’s lunch goes missing and her great-grandmother’s dog disappears, Aven attempts to solve these two mysteries. The diverse cast of characters in this book includes Aven’s adoptive parents and accepting friends. Humorous and refreshing, Aven Green, Sleuthing Machine is an early chapter book that sets the stage for what is sure to be an exciting series. Check this book out at the Villa Park Public Library!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie P (Because My Mother Read)

    I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for review. I read this book aloud to my 5 year old and my 2nd grader, but it's one that my 2nd grader could definitely have enjoyed on his own as well. It was a really fun and amusing story of a spunky girl trying to solve mysteries. Her intentions are honorable, even if she does get distracted by desserts and wayward thoughts most of the time. The main character was born without arms and it was wonderful how that was just a part of who she I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for review. I read this book aloud to my 5 year old and my 2nd grader, but it's one that my 2nd grader could definitely have enjoyed on his own as well. It was a really fun and amusing story of a spunky girl trying to solve mysteries. Her intentions are honorable, even if she does get distracted by desserts and wayward thoughts most of the time. The main character was born without arms and it was wonderful how that was just a part of who she is. As she will tell you herself, the lack of arm cells just means more cells went to her super powered brain. She is so full of life with a narrative voice that kept us chuckling. This book is the start of a new series and we are glad to know there is another book coming out this Fall! It features the main character of the previously released middle grade novel Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus in her younger years and in a format geared towards younger readers (around 100 pages, short chapters, and frequent illustrations). You do not need to have any knowledge of the novel before reading this series. I have heard great things about it, but we have not personally read it yet, and it's fun to think that we have a longer, fuller story waiting for us about Aven later in her life.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Theresa Grissom

    Thanks to Edelweiss for an eARC of this book! I simply adore young private investigator Aven Green! She is lovable, spunky and hilarious. If you loved the "Cactus" books, you will love Aven Green Sleuthing Machine. Geared for a slightly younger audience, this book is a cute and fast read. Can't wait for the hard copy to give to students in my school library. Thanks to Edelweiss for an eARC of this book! I simply adore young private investigator Aven Green! She is lovable, spunky and hilarious. If you loved the "Cactus" books, you will love Aven Green Sleuthing Machine. Geared for a slightly younger audience, this book is a cute and fast read. Can't wait for the hard copy to give to students in my school library.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Aaron

    Funny chapter book featuring Dusti Bowling's MG character as a grade three student. Funny chapter book featuring Dusti Bowling's MG character as a grade three student.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Thank you to the publisher for an ARC! It’s always nice to see a first chapter book series with a unique protagonist. Enter Aven Green - who has no arms and is taking her world by storm! This is a fun mystery, which is always fun for young readers. Illustrations are nice and the characters are unique. Definitely one to add to your collection.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Leah (Jane Speare)

    Aven is such a facetious young child I love it.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin Theroux

    RTC This was ADORABLE. *** Thanks to Edelweiss for the ARC. The opinions expressed herein are mine alone and may not reflect the views of the author, publisher, or distributor. I don't think it's possible for me to love Dusti Bowling's work more than I currently do. Not only is Aven Green adorable and determined, she's self-assured and confident, which is what every young girl needs to see in fiction. Aven is the hero of her own stories, even when that hero's journey involves painful moments of grow RTC This was ADORABLE. *** Thanks to Edelweiss for the ARC. The opinions expressed herein are mine alone and may not reflect the views of the author, publisher, or distributor. I don't think it's possible for me to love Dusti Bowling's work more than I currently do. Not only is Aven Green adorable and determined, she's self-assured and confident, which is what every young girl needs to see in fiction. Aven is the hero of her own stories, even when that hero's journey involves painful moments of growth. While Insignificant Events and its sequel were heavier and dealt more with the pains of growing into a teenager, Sleuthing Machine follows Aven's adventures in being a third-grade Private Investigator looking into both the disappearance of her great-grandma's beloved dog, and the mysteriously-vanishing food all over her elementary school. The mystery develops at a nice clip, which is bound to keep younger readers interested and invested all the way to the end. The foibles and antics of third-grade Aven are absolutely perfect for an independent-reader. We get to meet Aven's friends and see her before she moves to Arizona, and the experience is just delightful. The illustrations only serve to make the whole thing even more heart-squeezing. I'll be putting this into the hands of as many patrons as I possibly can.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tonja Drecker

    With humor, determination, and a heart in the right place, this third grader is ready to solve any mystery thrown at her. Third-grader, Aven Green, is a true sleuth, and that already for an entire month. She's solved several cases already and is ready to hit more, but she never expected to head-up two at once. But when her teacher's lunch bag disappears, and then, her great-grandma's dog is no where to be found...well, she has no choice but to double down and find out what's going on. Aven Green c With humor, determination, and a heart in the right place, this third grader is ready to solve any mystery thrown at her. Third-grader, Aven Green, is a true sleuth, and that already for an entire month. She's solved several cases already and is ready to hit more, but she never expected to head-up two at once. But when her teacher's lunch bag disappears, and then, her great-grandma's dog is no where to be found...well, she has no choice but to double down and find out what's going on. Aven Green comes from Dusti Bowling's Life of a Cactus books. Unlike these books, which are for upper middle grade/tween readers, this one slides into the chapter book direction and targets a younger audience. Aven Green herself fits the age group well and comes across as a very normal, third grader. She's got a wonderful attitude, deals with situations the best she can, and has an inspiring personality. But then, there's a lovely bunch of family and friends around her. Some of these even expand on the already diverse bunch. The writing is for those who are very sure of their words but aren't quite ready for full-fledged middle grade novels. The mystery is very fitting to the age group and keeps the twists and turns interesting without leaving the wholesome range. There's a good amount of humor packed in as well. Add the fun illustrations, and this one makes for a fun mix. I received an ARC and found this to be a fun mystery.

  11. 5 out of 5

    N.

    Aven Green Sleuthing Machine is as much a fun book about using your brain as it is a mystery. Aven Green is a girl with no arms who decides she has become a sleuth. Some mysteries, she says, are easy to solve — especially when you're the cause of them. But, some require more brain power. When a string of mysterious disappearances of food at the school, along with gigantic messes happen, Aven is on the job. And, then when she finds out her grandmother's dog is missing, crime solving becomes even Aven Green Sleuthing Machine is as much a fun book about using your brain as it is a mystery. Aven Green is a girl with no arms who decides she has become a sleuth. Some mysteries, she says, are easy to solve — especially when you're the cause of them. But, some require more brain power. When a string of mysterious disappearances of food at the school, along with gigantic messes happen, Aven is on the job. And, then when she finds out her grandmother's dog is missing, crime solving becomes even more urgent. What a cute book. I love the fact that Aven talks about her armlessness up front and then after that it's no big deal. You're reminded when she writes with her toes or picks up a fork with them, but nobody treats her like she's any different from them, apart from occasionally doing things like holding a pen or flipping a button for her when she asks, a good lesson in not "othering" people who are a little different. This is my second Aven Green book. The first was YA, as I recall. This one takes a step back in time and is a middle grade book. Aven is a great character, funny and delightful. I hope there will be a lot more books about her. My thanks to Sterling Children's Books for the review copy!

  12. 5 out of 5

    TheNextGenLibrarian

    Aven’s back and this time it’s a throwback to when she’s eight solving mysteries! 🕵️‍♀️ For fans of The Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus and the sequel, Aven Green is our awesome protagonist that I can’t get enough of. In this early chapter book we see a new side to Aven. She’s a crime-solving third grader interested in finding out who took her teacher’s lunch & a missing dog. Can Aven solve two crimes at once?! 🕵️‍♀️ I adored this elementary-age early chapter book perfect for emerging r Aven’s back and this time it’s a throwback to when she’s eight solving mysteries! 🕵️‍♀️ For fans of The Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus and the sequel, Aven Green is our awesome protagonist that I can’t get enough of. In this early chapter book we see a new side to Aven. She’s a crime-solving third grader interested in finding out who took her teacher’s lunch & a missing dog. Can Aven solve two crimes at once?! 🕵️‍♀️ I adored this elementary-age early chapter book perfect for emerging readers. Aven’s tenacity to adapt and grow without the use of her arms has always inspired me. She’s so funny and strong, even at such a young age. I can’t wait for younger readers to meet Aven then read her subsequent novels. Thank you Dusti Bowling for creating this extraordinary character and sharing her stories. Thanks Netgalley for an advanced readers copy. Grab your copy April 6!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Darla

    This chapter book series is off to a promising start. Aven Green's voice is reminiscent of Clementine, Judy Moody, and Just Grace. There is lots of humor (including a smidgeon of bathroom humor which is always a crowd-pleaser) and some great vocabulary building. A fantastic introduction to life with Aven before kids are able to read the 'Cactus' books. I love, love, love how the illustrations illuminate what it is like for Aven to do all the things we do with our hands, but with her feet! And sh This chapter book series is off to a promising start. Aven Green's voice is reminiscent of Clementine, Judy Moody, and Just Grace. There is lots of humor (including a smidgeon of bathroom humor which is always a crowd-pleaser) and some great vocabulary building. A fantastic introduction to life with Aven before kids are able to read the 'Cactus' books. I love, love, love how the illustrations illuminate what it is like for Aven to do all the things we do with our hands, but with her feet! And she has a culturally diverse group of friends -- her new connection in this book is a girl named Sujata with an Indian heritage. Highly recommended! Thank you to Sterling Children's Books and Edelweiss+ for a DRC in exchange for an honest review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mom_Loves_Reading

    No long review is necessary for this book. All that needs said is that it is a fantastic young readers book that features a feisty protagonist that has the disability of having no arms, yet is as able bodied as a human can be when it comes to most things, especially being a self-proclaimed private investigator. Loved reading this book with my kids! Highly recommend for all young readers & as a parent of 2 children w/ autism, I LOVE when books include main characters that are different from what No long review is necessary for this book. All that needs said is that it is a fantastic young readers book that features a feisty protagonist that has the disability of having no arms, yet is as able bodied as a human can be when it comes to most things, especially being a self-proclaimed private investigator. Loved reading this book with my kids! Highly recommend for all young readers & as a parent of 2 children w/ autism, I LOVE when books include main characters that are different from what children may see as 'the norm'. (Be sure to check out Bowling's 'Life of a Cactus' series where Aven Green is first introduced.)

  15. 5 out of 5

    Read in the

    What a wonderful addition to the Aven Green universe! Aven Green is a mystery solver. She's been doing it FOREVER. Meaning...like a whole month! When her great grandmother's dog goes missing, she is on the case! Younger readers will love finding clues alongside Aven as she puts the pieces together to get the dog home. As a 3/4 Literacy Specialist I am so excited to share the younger version of Aven Green with my students. They will love her precocious, sassy personality, as well as her ingenious What a wonderful addition to the Aven Green universe! Aven Green is a mystery solver. She's been doing it FOREVER. Meaning...like a whole month! When her great grandmother's dog goes missing, she is on the case! Younger readers will love finding clues alongside Aven as she puts the pieces together to get the dog home. As a 3/4 Literacy Specialist I am so excited to share the younger version of Aven Green with my students. They will love her precocious, sassy personality, as well as her ingenious P.I. abilities. Thanks to the author and Sterling Publishing for an early copy to review. Highly recommend for grades 1 and up!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ann Haefele

    Cute story that is the first book in an intended series about an 8 year old born with no arms. Though that fact is not a real important fact in the story as Aven is as capable as her friends are at most everything. In this story Aven uses her smarts to solve a mystery of who a thief could be at her school. (This main character, Aven, appears in the book “Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus” as a middle schooler. The younger Aven in the book reviewed above is about her earlier life and co Cute story that is the first book in an intended series about an 8 year old born with no arms. Though that fact is not a real important fact in the story as Aven is as capable as her friends are at most everything. In this story Aven uses her smarts to solve a mystery of who a thief could be at her school. (This main character, Aven, appears in the book “Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus” as a middle schooler. The younger Aven in the book reviewed above is about her earlier life and could be considered a prequel, but for younger readers)

  17. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Aven Green, Grade 3, is quirky, inquisitive, loyal. . .oh, and she just happens to have been born with no arms. It's a distinct pleasure to ride along (chuckling all the way) in Aven's dizzying wake as she, with her best gal-pals, doggedly pursues answers to the mysteries around them, big or small. The eyes and hearts of young readers (Aven mavens?!) are sure to be opened empathetically to a heroine grappling with somewhat unusual challenges, but who is and has so much more to offer. Aven Green, Grade 3, is quirky, inquisitive, loyal. . .oh, and she just happens to have been born with no arms. It's a distinct pleasure to ride along (chuckling all the way) in Aven's dizzying wake as she, with her best gal-pals, doggedly pursues answers to the mysteries around them, big or small. The eyes and hearts of young readers (Aven mavens?!) are sure to be opened empathetically to a heroine grappling with somewhat unusual challenges, but who is and has so much more to offer.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Annie Ryan

    I first met the character Aven Green as a middle schooler in Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus, and now this is Aven as a 3rd grader. I appreciate that Aven has some of her same spunk and I like that this has the potential to be a series for the younger grades. However, as a 4th grade teacher, this one definitely feels too young for my students. I’ll stick with Dusti Bowling’s first Aven book with my students though, which they LOVE.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    I'm really glad this book exists. Disability representation in kid's books, especially in early chapter books, is incredibly low. Aven is a great character that young readers will relate to and root for. There's a level of--I'm not quite sure the right word--"silliness?" "zaniness?" in here that doesn't really work for me as an adult reader, but I think the target audience will enjoy. I'll definitely be recommending readers dipping into chapter books try reading about Aven Green. I'm really glad this book exists. Disability representation in kid's books, especially in early chapter books, is incredibly low. Aven is a great character that young readers will relate to and root for. There's a level of--I'm not quite sure the right word--"silliness?" "zaniness?" in here that doesn't really work for me as an adult reader, but I think the target audience will enjoy. I'll definitely be recommending readers dipping into chapter books try reading about Aven Green.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Debra

    Aven Green is a witty, young character who will take you on an hilarious sleuthing adventure. She's out to discover and solve the many mysteries that life throws her way. I read this book thinking about how my seven-year-old grandson would respond to it. He will love the storyline, the witty thoughts of the character, and the overall silliness of the adventure. A great elementary age read. Aven Green is a witty, young character who will take you on an hilarious sleuthing adventure. She's out to discover and solve the many mysteries that life throws her way. I read this book thinking about how my seven-year-old grandson would respond to it. He will love the storyline, the witty thoughts of the character, and the overall silliness of the adventure. A great elementary age read.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Aven Green is a detective unlike any other you have ever met. She is a brainy and funny 3rd grade detective with some amazing friends. I loved this book because it deals with alternative abilities, unibrows, girls farts, new friends, and crime solving. I look forward to seeing what other adventure Aven undertakes.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Annie Staten

    I read Aven Green Sleuthing Machine aloud to my four year old daughter. We both were engaged by the plot and the funny characters. It took me far longer than it should have to piece together the mystery! Aven's devious behavior had me cringing a few times; I didn't want my daughter picking up any ideas. The target audience is probably a bit older, but the story is well written and fun to read. I read Aven Green Sleuthing Machine aloud to my four year old daughter. We both were engaged by the plot and the funny characters. It took me far longer than it should have to piece together the mystery! Aven's devious behavior had me cringing a few times; I didn't want my daughter picking up any ideas. The target audience is probably a bit older, but the story is well written and fun to read.

  23. 5 out of 5

    bjneary

    I loved this great book bringing me one of my favorite characters, Aven Green as a private investigator! Lots of chuckles as Aven adds her own thoughts as she investigates "many" cases in her home and elementary school. I read this to my youngest granddaughter and gave it as a gift to my oldest granddaughter. She likes mysteries and I know she will enjoy this...as will all readers! Such a treat! I loved this great book bringing me one of my favorite characters, Aven Green as a private investigator! Lots of chuckles as Aven adds her own thoughts as she investigates "many" cases in her home and elementary school. I read this to my youngest granddaughter and gave it as a gift to my oldest granddaughter. She likes mysteries and I know she will enjoy this...as will all readers! Such a treat!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Dara Yoder

    Cute series based on the wildly popular middle grade book Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus - follows the main character, armless and hilarious, Aven Green! I read this to my 10 year old and we had a blast reading it! We will be sure to get the next book in the series when it comes out in the fall! #bookposse

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

    What a sweet early reader chapter book! Love Aven and her friends. I definitely chuckled through this one...they will forever be robot chickens! Lol Highly recommend this for your young reader and even those young at heart. Great story, Dusti Bowling and cute illustration Gina Perry!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ashlyn

    The “Cactus” books as I call them, is one of my favorite series. I love learning more about Aven, older or younger. I loved all the drawings and thought Aven was super cute! I love how I can see how she does stuff with her feet! I love this book and I’m excited for the new one!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Stuart Jennings

    This is a really cute book for young children... Quite the story line...;)...about a little girl that's a serious detective... The author, Dusti Bowling has done a wonderful job bringing this story to life for young ones... (Even entertaining for adults! ;)) This is a really cute book for young children... Quite the story line...;)...about a little girl that's a serious detective... The author, Dusti Bowling has done a wonderful job bringing this story to life for young ones... (Even entertaining for adults! ;))

  28. 4 out of 5

    Bethe

    Fans of the Life of a Cactus series featuring Aven Green as a jr high, then high school student, have a book to share with their younger siblings: Aven Green in 3rd grade! Cute illustrations accompany the easy chapter book story as Aven solves connected mysteries.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kelly deVos

    Aven Green books are always filled with so much humor and heart! This chapter book series is a perfect way to introduce Aven to younger readers.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    EARC provided by Edelweiss Plus Don't miss this chance to introduce younger readers to Aven from the "Cactus" stories. EARC provided by Edelweiss Plus Don't miss this chance to introduce younger readers to Aven from the "Cactus" stories.

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