It's not really his name. His full name is Bixby Alexander Tam. He's called Bat for a few different reasons. First, that's what his initials spell out - B. A. T. But also, Bat has some unusual quirks. He has sensitive ears and loud noises often bother him (he has a special pair of earmuffs to help soften the sounds of the world around him). And sometimes, when he's excited, he flaps his arms a little (which the kids at school think is weird and funny).
Bat is autistic.
The story revolves around the unusual arrival of a baby skunk into their lives.
Bat's Mom is a veterinarian. When a skunk was hit by a car, Bat's Mom was unable to save her, but she was able to save this one kit. Since the kit was newborn, it would not be able to survive on its own. Bat's family agrees to care for the animal until the wild animal rescue center is able to take it.
The trouble is, Bat falls immediately in love with the skunk. He reads about skunks and even contacts a world famous skunk expert to prove to his mother that he can care for the kit better than the wildlife center.
We don't exactly know what happens with the kit in the end, but as the story goes along we see how Bat and his sister care for each other even though they also annoy each other, how parents try to support each of their kids and give them what they need, and how a new friendship can be made.
This is REALISTIC FICTION so everything that happens in the book could happen in real life, even though the author made up the story. The chapters are short so its an easy book to read when you just have a little time (like during Independent Reading at school).
You can find this book in our classroom library, on the Realistic Fiction shelves.