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A Boy Called Bat

By Elana K. Arnold


For Bixby Alexander Tam (nicknamed Bat), life tends to be full of surprises—some of them good, some not so good. Today, though, is a good-surprise day. Bat’s mom, a veterinarian, has brought home a baby skunk, which she needs to take care of until she can hand him over to a wild-animal shelter.

But the minute Bat meets the kit, he knows they belong together. And he’s got only one month to prove to his mom that a baby skunk might just make a pretty terrific pet.

From acclaimed author Elana K. Arnold and with illustrations by Charles Santoso, A Boy Called Bat is the first book in a funny, heartfelt, and irresistible young middle grade series starring an unforgettable young boy on the autism spectrum.

Elana K. Arnold

Elana K. Arnold grew up in Southern California, where she was lucky enough to have her own perfect pet—a gorgeous mare named Rainbow—and a family who let her read as many books as she wanted. She is the author of picture books, books for teens, and middle grade novels, including A Boy Called Bat, the first book starring Bat. She lives in Huntington Beach, California, with her husband, two children, and a menagerie of animals. You can find her online at www.elanakarnold.com.

Comfortably familiar and quietly groundbreaking, this introduction to Bat should charm readers, who will likely look forward to more opportunities to explore life from Bat’s particular point of view.

- Kirkus Reviews

If I could slap a giant heart-eyes emoji on the cover of this book and hand it to everyone, everyone, EVERYONE, I would. I love it.

- Leila Roy, Kirkus Reviews Blog "Bookshelves of Doom"

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Published by Walden Pond Press an Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers