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A Boy Called Bat: 11/12/17
A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold is about a boy who likes things just so but is able to help his mother foster an orphaned skunk. Bat is Bixby Alexander Tam and he needs help with understanding social clues. He might be on the spectrum but it's never overtly stated whether or not he is.
While the book starts out being mostly about Bat and how he likes things just so and how upset he gets when things don't go his way, the book is really more about the work and emotional price of fostering orphaned animals.
On a side note, BAT receives advice on how to care for the skunk kit from a Dr. Jerry Dragoo. It sounds like a made up character name, but it isn't. He's a genuine, real-life biologist and there's information about him and his Dragoo Institute for the Betterment of Skunks and Skunk Reputations in the afterword.
The sequel, Bat and the Waiting Game comes out in March 2018.
Comment #1: Monday, November 13, 2017 at 01:22:04
Hi Sarah - This sounds like an interesting story.
Comment #2: Monday, November 13, 2017 at 22:59:00
It was. I'm curious to see how the sequel plays out.