24 Hours in Nowhere

By: Dusti Bowling

Welcome to Nowhere, Arizona, the least livable town in the United States. For Gus, a bright 13-year-old with dreams of getting out and going to college, life there is made even worse by Bo Taylor, Nowhere’s biggest, baddest bully. When Bo tries to force Gus to eat a dangerously spiny cactus, Rossi Scott, one of the best racers in Nowhere, comes to his rescue—but in return she has to give Bo her prized dirt bike. Determined to buy it back, Gus agrees to go searching for gold in Dead Frenchman Mine, joined by his old friends Jessie Navarro and Matthew Dufort, and Rossi herself. As they hunt for treasure, narrowly surviving everything from cave-ins to mountain lions, they bond over shared stories of how hard life in Nowhere is—and they realize this adventure just may be their way out.
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ISBN: 9781454929246

JLG Release: Oct 2018

Sensitive Areas: Racial insensitivity, Bullying, References to violence
Topics: Bullying , Dirt bikes , Races , Racing , Friendship , Arizona , Trailer camps , Treasure hunting , Abandoned mines , Adventures , Getting lost , Desert life , Grandmothers and grandsons

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Awards & Honors

2019 Golden Kite Award Honor, Young Reader and Middle Grade Fiction

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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Book Details



First Release

October 2018



Dewey Classification


Trim Size

7 1/2" x 5"

Page Count


Accelerated Reader

Level 4.2; Points: 7;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 4.4; Points: 11;


Level 610L


Print Book


Hardcover edition


Sterling Publishing

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Racial insensitivity, Bullying, References to violence


Bullying, Dirt bikes, Races, Racing, Friendship, Arizona, Trailer camps, Treasure hunting, Abandoned mines, Adventures, Getting lost, Desert life, Grandmothers and grandsons,

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