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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, which named A Boy Called Bat a best book of 2017).

Hardcover, 208 pages
Published on March 14, 2017 by Walden Pond Press
ISBN-10: 0062445820
ISBN-13: 9780062445827
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  • books rockFriday, November 9, 2018 at 10:58 am
    I think you did a great book I cant wait to see more books about bat and other carters
    • boo plasticFriday, November 9, 2018 at 10:58 am
      i am reading this book
      • pugsFriday, November 9, 2018 at 8:09 am
        i think you did a awesome job makeing that book
        • soccer dude7Friday, November 9, 2018 at 8:06 am
          my teacher is reading that book to us!
          • the buff alen Friday, November 9, 2018 at 7:22 am
            i love this book so much
            • skunkmanFriday, November 9, 2018 at 7:22 am
              i have that book it is cool