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Bat and the Waiting Game

By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Story of boy on the spectrum explores feelings, challenges.

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This loving and realistic portrayal of a kid who loves skunks explores the emotional complexities of life on the autism spectrum. Whereas A Boy Called Bat focused on the skunk kit that Bat's family had taken in, Bat and the Waiting Game gives the emotions that Bat has about his skunk a starring role. Because it's written from Bat's perspective, readers can understand what makes him tick. Apologies don't make sense to Bat -- so why waste breath on them? Looking people in the eyes is uncomfortable, which is why Bat avoids eye contact. Maintaining a friendship after an emotional outburst is really hard, but Bat tries his best to move forward.

Kids who have friends on the spectrum -- or who struggle with Bat's challenges themselves -- will find a flawed and lovable hero in Bat. Author Elana K. Arnold gives voice to a misunderstood population, and it's about time.

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