Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Across the Desert
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Across the Desert

Across the Desert

By Dusti Bowling

$16.99

Publication Date: October 12, 2021

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Ages 8 to 12, Grades 3 to 7

One girl sets out on a journey across the treacherous Arizona desert to rescue a young pilot stranded after a plane crash in this gripping story of friendship, courage, and rescue, from bestselling and award-winning author Dusti Bowling

Twelve-year-old Jolene spends every day she can at the library watching her favorite livestream: The Desert Aviator, where twelve-year-old “Addie Earhart” shares her adventures flying an ultralight plane over the desert. While watching this daring girl fly through the sky, Jolene can dream of what it would be like to fly with her, far away from her own troubled home life where her mother struggles with a narcotic addiction. And Addie, who is grieving the loss of her father, finds solace in her online conversations with Jolene, her biggest—and only—fan.

Then, one day, it all goes wrong: Addie's engine abruptly stops, and Jolene watches in helpless horror as the ultralight plummets to the ground and the video goes dark. Jolene knows that Addie won’t survive long in the extreme summer desert heat. With no one to turn to for help and armed with only a hand-drawn map and a stolen cell phone, it's up to Jolene to find a way to save the Desert Aviator. Packed with adventure and heart, Across the Desert speaks to the resilience, hope, and strength within each of us.

About the Author

Dusti Bowling is the bestselling author of Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus,24 Hours in Nowhere, Momentous Events in the Life of a Cactus, andThe Canyon's Edge. Dusti holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology and lives in Arizona with her husband, three daughters, a dozen tarantulas, a gopher snake named Burrito, a king snake name Death Noodle, and a cockatiel named Gandalf the Grey.

Format: Hardcover

Length: 320 pages

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: October 12, 2021

ISBN: 9780316494748

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