Bat and the Waiting Game

Bat and the Waiting Game

by Elana K. Arnold, Charles Santoso

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In the tradition of Clementine and Ramona Quimby, meet Bat. Author Elana K. Arnold returns with another irresistible story of friendship in this widely acclaimed series starring an unforgettable boy on the autism spectrum.

For Bixby Alexander Tam (nicknamed Bat), life is pretty great. He’s the caretaker of the best baby skunk in the world—even Janie, his older sister, is warming up to Thor.

When Janie gets a part in the school play and can’t watch Bat after school, it means some pretty big changes. Someone else has to take care of the skunk kit in the afternoons, Janie is having sleepovers with her new friends, and Bat wants everything to go back to normal.

He just has to make it to the night of Janie’s performance. . . .

Elana K. Arnold's Bat trilogy is a proven winner in the home and classroom—kids love these short illustrated young middle grade books. The trilogy is A Boy Called Bat, Bat and the Waiting Game, and Bat and the End of Everything.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062445872
Publisher: Walden Pond Press
Publication date: 03/27/2018
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 907,335
Lexile: 840L (what's this?)
File size: 11 MB
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Age Range: 6 - 10 Years

About the Author

Elana K. Arnold is the author of critically acclaimed and award-winning young adult novels and children’s books, including the Printz Honor winner Damsel and the National Book Award finalist What Girls Are Made Of. Several of her books are Junior Library Guild selections and have appeared on many best book lists, including the Amelia Bloomer Project, a catalog of feminist titles for young readers. Elana teaches in Hamline University’s MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults program and lives in Southern California with her family and menagerie of pets. You can visit her online at


Charles Santoso loves drawing little things in his little journal and dreams about funny, wondrous stories. He moves around between different countries to live and work. Charles is always on the lookout for bookstores and cats whenever he explores a new place. You can visit him at

Table of Contents

1 Skunk Kits 1

2 Dinner Conversation 6

3 Parts 13

4 A Stinky Joke 21

5 Almost Late 26

6 Carrot Division 32

7 Good News and Bad News 38

8 Kitchens 47

9 Bowls 54

10 Missing Connections 60

11 Bananafish 68

12 A Perfect Night 76

13 Seventh-Inning Stretch 82

14 Yarrow and Sloke 90

15 Thor's Garden 98

16 Sleepover 106

17 Party Games 112

18 Best Friends 122

19 Social Animals 128

20 Pot Throwing 133

21 Scene Stealer 143

22 No Tomato Juice 152

23 Company 158

24 Take Two 164

Acknowledgments 175

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