A Boy Called Bat (Hardcover)

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By Elana K. Arnold, Charles Santoso (Illustrator)
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Bixby Alexander Tam, called Bat, lives with his mother and sister. One day his mother, a veterinarian, comes home late. She has rescued a kit — a baby skunk — and will be taking care of it until the wild animal rescue center has room. Bat doesn’t always understand people and sometimes the world is too loud, but he develops a connection with the skunk kit and does his best to become an expert pet caretaker. A Boy Called Bat is a sweet, quiet story that will appeal to fans of The Lemonade War.

~ Eight Cousins, Holiday Picks 2017

— From Holiday Picks 2017


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
ISBN: 9780062445827
ISBN-10: 0062445820
Publisher: Walden Pond Press
Publication Date: March 14th, 2017
Pages: 208
Language: English