A Boy Called Bat Lib/E

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Description

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

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 one month to show his mom that a baby skunk might just make a pretty terrific pet.

This sweet and thoughtful novel chronicles Bat's experiences and challenges at school with friends and teachers and at home with his sister and divorced parents. Approachable for younger or reluctant readers while still delivering a powerful and thoughtful story (from the review by Brightly.com, which named A Boy Called Bat a best book of 2017).

Product Details

Price
$29.99
Publisher
Walden Pond Press
Publish Date
March 14, 2017
Dimensions
6.6 X 1.2 X 6.1 inches | 0.66 pounds
Language
English
Type
Compact Disc
EAN/UPC
9781470859237

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About the Author

Elana K. Arnold is the author of several books for young readers. She lives in Huntington Beach, California, with her husband, two children, and a menagerie of animals.

Ben Mezrich graduated magna cum laude from Harvard. He has published fifteen books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Accidental Billionaires, which was adapted into the Academy Award-winning film The Social Network, and Bringing Down the House, which was the basis for the hit movie 21, as well as the national bestseller Once Upon a Time in Russia.

Reviews

Patrick Lawlor charmingly narrates this heartwarming story of Bixby Alexander Tam-otherwise known as Bat-an autistic third grader who bonds with an orphan skunk brought home by his mom, a veterinarian. Lawlor skillfully navigates the family dynamics, raising the pitch and speed of Bat's voice to show his frustration when his sister eats the last vanilla yogurt, then slowing to a soothing calm as his mother explains why she's late getting home. Lawlor captures Bat's emotional range perfectly-from his raw enthusiasm at caring for a real animal to the affection he shows in his conversations with the skunk's kit. The more Bat learns about skunk care, the less anxious his voice becomes, showing his maturity in dealing with this new situation.

-- "AudioFile"

Delightful, endearing, and utterly relatable, Bat Tam is destined to be a dear and necessary friend for young readers. I adore him and his story.

-- "Anne Ursu, author of The Real Boy"