Featured books by Elana Arnold

A Boy Called Bat

A Boy Called Bat

By: Elana Arnold
Illustrated by: Charles Santoso
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Fiction

After the mother skunk is killed, Bixby “Bat” Alexander Tam’s veterinarian mother brings home its kit to be kept only until its old enough to be released. Who would have thought Bat would want to keep the baby skunk, named Thor? Is it really okay for a skunk to become a pet? Bat is a unique character and the story offers a deeply heartfelt glimpse into the life of a boy on the autism spectrum, presented realistically in this touching (and surprisingly informative) novel.

Bat and the End of Everything

Bat and the End of Everything

By: Elana Arnold
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Fiction

As Bat’s year in third grade nears its end, he begins to worry about releasing his skunk kit into the wild; he worries that his best friend will forget him during his summer away, and more. But Bixby Alexander Tam (Bat for short) still looks forward to working with his veterinarian mom and time with his sister. This is the third book about Bat (who is likely on the autism spectrum and first introduced in A Boy Called Bat) but this book stands alone.

Bat and the Waiting Game

Bat and the Waiting Game

By: Elana Arnold
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Fiction

Bixby Alexander Tam, aka Bat, is back. He was first introduced in A Boy Called Bat where Bat first met Thor, a baby skunk rescued by Bat’s veterinarian mom. Now Thor is big enough to be released, but Bat wants to keep him…even taking Thor to his sister’s play. The result is predictable but as gently humorous and engaging as this tale of Bat.

Starla Jean Takes the Cake

Starla Jean Takes the Cake

By: Elana Arnold
Illustrated by: A.N. Kang
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Fiction

Starla Jean and her parents are preparing for Willa’s first birthday celebration. But will her pet chicken, Opal Egg, lay the needed egg in time? Though Starla Jean and Opal Egg were first introduced in Starla Jean, this lighthearted adventure stands alone and is equally engaging. 

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