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.
I haven’t read a middle grade book in so long but the cover of this book intrigued me. I think the illustrations in this story are adorable and add so much to this story. This is a sweet story about a boy whose nickname is Bat because his initials spell it out. He is a young 3rd grader who is on the autism spectrum. He loves animals and he loves learning about them. Lucky for him, his mom is a Veterinarian. Bat’s social skills are challenged because of his autism but this is a story about learning how to be responsible and making friends.
Bat’s parents are divorced and he has an older sister who sometimes get frustrated with him. He attends a school in which there are other students like him and his teacher is someone who is caring and willing to help his students. Bat’s mom finds a rescues a baby skunk and Bat becomes very attached to his “new pet”.
I really loved this story and recommend this to everyone.
I gave it 5 crowns.
ELANA K. ARNOLD completed her M.A. in Creative Writing/Fiction at the University of California, Davis. She grew up in Southern California, where she was lucky enough to have her own horse–a gorgeous mare named Rainbow–and a family who let her read as many books as she wanted. She lives in Huntington Beach, California, with her husband, two children, and a menagerie of animals. She is represented by Rubin Pfeffer of Rubin Pfeffer Content.
Photo Credit Melissa Hockenberger
– 5 Winners will receive a Copy of A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold