Book Review: Aven Green, Music Machine

Posted September 2, 2022 by geograph in contemporary, review / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from Booksweet in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Aven Green, Music MachineAven Green Sleuthing Machine by Dusti Bowling
Series: Aven Green #3
on August 17, 2021
Genres: Juvenile Fiction / Disabilities & Special Needs, Juvenile Fiction / Humorous Stories, Juvenile Fiction / Mysteries & Detective Stories
Pages: 128
Format: ARC, Paperback
Source: Booksweet

Age range 6 to 9

Get ready for a whole new chapter in the life of Aven Green, the remarkable heroine of Dusti Bowling's Life of a Cactus series. Told in the same wry, memorable voice as the middle-grade novels, younger readers get to know Aven through her everyday adventures.

Third-grader Aven Green has been solving mysteries for a really long time--a whole month. She's solved many important cases like The Mystery of the Cranky Mom, The Mystery of the Missing Ice Cream, and The Mystery of the Smelly Feet. Her record is nearly 100% (only The Mystery of the Cereal in My Underpants remains unsolved to this day). Aven asks all the right questions, wields her detective kit carefully, and follows up on every clue. Then her teacher's lunch bag (with her lunch still in it) is taken and Aven's great-grandma's beloved dog goes missing! Can this perceptive detective crack two cases at the same time? Luckily, Aven has a super-powered brain full of lots of extra brain cells to take on both cases. See, she was born without arms, so all of the cells that were supposed to make her arms went into making her brain instead. At least that her working theory for The Mystery of Why I Have So Many Extra Brain Cells.

“But what’s the point in doing something if I’m not an expert at it? People will just laugh at me.”
“If you’e learning something and growing and doing your best and getting better at it all the time, then what’s there to laugh at?”

Aven has to pick something to do for the talent show, and recently she’s also decided to be a professional musician. Faced with a unique challenge (having been born with no arms) and also an extremely familiar problem (you aren’t going to be amazing at things that you are trying for the first time), Aven tries many different instruments and finally picks something for the talent show. Great for anyone who has ever tried to play an instrument, anyone who has tried to pick up a new hobby, and anyone who knows or is a third-grader.

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