The charming Bat series by Elana K. Arnold comes to a conclusion in Bat & the End of Everything, which sees Bat having to face several goodbyes, not the least of which is Thor, the baby skunk he’s been helping care for.
Bixby Alexander Tam (nicknamed Bat) has been the caretaker for Thor, the best skunk kit in the world … but the last day of third grade is quickly approaching, and Thor is almost ready to be released into the wild. The end of school also means that Bat has to say good-bye to his favorite teacher, and he worries about the summer care of Babycakes, their adorable class pet. Not only that, but his best friend is leaving for a long vacation in Canada.
Summer promises good things, too, like working with his mom at the vet clinic and hanging out with his sister, Janie, but Bat can’t help but feel that everything is coming to an end.
National Book Award finalist Elana K. Arnold returns with the third story starring an unforgettable boy on the autism spectrum.
I have absolutely adored this charming series. Bat is on the autism spectrum, and Arnold writes him with such care — helping readers get inside his head and understand the way he thinks, while also giving kids with autism a chance to see someone like them featured in a story.
All of the characters in these books are so endearing, and it’s easy to fall in love with Bat and the unique relationship he shares with the baby skunk Thor.
I am sad to see the ending to Bat’s story, but delighted to have these books on my shelf to revisit whenever I’d like. Bat & the End of Everything is in stores now.
These books are perfect additions to any classroom! Thanks to publisher Walden Pond Press for sharing this excellent Educator’s Guide:
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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, middle grade novels, and books for teens, including Damsel a Michael Prinz Honor Book, and What Girls are Made of, a finalist for the National Book Award. 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
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