Aven Green Music Machine (Aven Green #3)

by Dusti Bowling (Author) Gina Perry (Illustrator)

Aven Green Music Machine (Aven Green #3)
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Series: Aven Green

Aven Green, the remarkable heroine of Dusti Bowling's Life of a Cactus series, marches to her own beat in this hilarious, upbeat, and unforgettable chapter book.

"Realistic, affirming, and uplifting. "--Kirkus Reviews (Starred review)

Third-grader Aven Green is a real professional musician! She just needs to choose what instrument to play. When she decides to try the piano, Aven is disappointed when she can't master Mozart in one whole day. To pick up Aven's beat, her parents take her for a four-hour drive to see someone just like her play the guitar. With new inspiration and a special gift from her great-grandma, Aven is ready to take on the school talent show. Will she be ready in time? Or will she blow her big chance?

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School Library Journal

K-Gr 3--Aven Green is back with a brand-new passion: music. When her teacher announces the upcoming talent show, Aven, who is white and has no arms, is determined to play an instrument for the show. The only hitch is that she's not sure what she'd like to play. Her first choice is a piano. She can sit and play the keys with her toes, no problem. She'll be playing Mozart by next week. But after a devastating blow by her friend Emily, Aven decides maybe being a professional musician isn't for her. Her parents bring her to a cafe where she meets a guitarist, Luke, who plays with his feet! Inspired by Luke, Aven decides she wants to learn guitar. When Aven shows up at her great-grandma's, she even learns a bit of the harmonica. The talent show rolls around and Aven delights her classmates with a song she wrote. Adding to the fun of the previous books in the series, Aven Green's musical adventure is sure to make fans chuckle. This story features short chapters, interspersed black-and-white illustrations, and a list of related vocabulary words in the back. The book delivers a positive message of 'if you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything.' VERDICT The third in the "Aven Green" series, this delightful and fun title is sure to be an easy sell to young patrons.--Sarah West

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Review quotes

"As Aven's appealing self-confidence alternates with frustration, Bowling simultaneously acknowledges setbacks and reassures readers that discouraging feelings don't last forever.... Straightforward dialogue explores such concepts as patience, persistence, and tact.... Realistic, affirming, and uplifting." — Kirkus Reviews

"[D]elightful and fun." — School Library Journal

"Another winning installment in a hilarious and heartfelt series." — Booklist
Dusti Bowling
Dusti Bowling holds a Bachelor of Psychology and a Master of Education, but eventually realized that her true passion was writing. The author of the IndieNext pick Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus, she currently lives in with her husband, three daughters, one bobcat, a pack of coyotes, a couple of chuckwallas, several rattlesnakes, and a few herds of javelina.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Union Square Kids
Publication date
August 20, 2022
Aven Green

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