Bound To Stay Bound

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 Bat and the waiting game (Bat Series)
 Author: Arnold, Elana K.

 Publisher:  Walden Pond Press (2018)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 176 p., ill., 20 cm

 BTSB No: 069881 ISBN: 9780062445858
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Autism -- Fiction
 Skunks as pets -- Fiction
 Siblings -- Fiction
 Friendship -- Fiction
 School stories

Price: $21.88

Book 2--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.

 Illustrator: Santoso, Charles

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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 5.10
   Points: 3.0   Quiz: 194179
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 3-5
   Reading Level: 5.50
   Points: 6.0   Quiz: 73184

   Kirkus Reviews (01/15/18)
   School Library Journal (11/01/17)
   Booklist (02/01/18)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 11/01/2017 Gr 3–6—Bixby Alexander Tam, better know as Bat, is back. Picking up a week after A Boy Called Bat left off, this is a strong and more plot-focused sequel. Raising Thor, the skunk kit, has given Bat purpose and confidence. He's upset when his sister Janie lands the lead in the school play and will have after-school rehearsals, which will break his routine and require him to spend a few afternoons a week at a friend's house away from Thor. Bat's world expands as he navigates experiences that have been challenging to him: friendships, collaborative projects, and even messy things like art. Despite these strides, Bat still harbors a resentment toward Janie and feels guilt about spending less time with Thor. While the novel stands on its own, familiarity with Bat and his family will help deepen readers' understanding and enjoyment of this latest installment. Bat's autism is occasionally referenced, but it is not the major focus of the narrative. Bat is a delightful, inquisitive, and occasionally mischievous boy and the realistically portrayed themes explored in the book like sibling rivalry, living in two households, and shifting friendship dynamics will resonate with a wide variety of young readers. Short chapters are peppered with frequent illustrations of emotional moments. VERDICT This humorous follow-up is even stronger than its predecessor and will leave readers hoping for a third book featuring Bat and his family.—Juliet Morefield, Belmont Library, Portland, OR - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 02/01/2018 When his veterinarian mom brought home an orphaned skunk kit, Bat transformed from mere animal-adoring third-grader to capable caretaker. In this follow-up to A Boy Called Bat (2017), Bat’s world is changing once more. For one, the kit, Thor, is now a six-week-old “toddler” and his eventual return to the wild looms large. To top it off, Bat’s older sister, Janie, snagged a starring role in the school play—but afternoon rehearsals are keeping her from another major role: Bat’s babysitter. Bat thrives on routine and these shake-ups spur some serious adjustments, but, with family, friends, and a furry creature or two by his side, it’s nothing he can’t handle. A winsome blend of humor and heart, vibrant characters, and laugh-out-loud dialogue, Arnold’s narrative also gracefully explores life through the eyes of a boy on the autism spectrum. From his aversion to crowds to his struggles with friendship, the ever-lovable Bat is sure to resonate with readers of all ages. Santoso’s sprightly black-and-white illustrations—and a third series installment on the way—only sweeten the deal. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.

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