Bat and the End of Everything

Congratulations to Elana K. Arnold on the release of her 3rd book in the BAT series, Bat and the End of Everything.

Bat and the End of Everything
by Elana K. Arnold
with pictures by Charles Santoso
Published by Walden Pond Press, an Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780062798442

About the Book
Bixby Alexander Tam (nicknamed Bat) has been the caretaker for Thor, the best skunk kit in the world…but the last day of third grade is quickly approaching, and Thor is almost ready to be released into the wild. The end of school also means that Bat has to say good-bye to his favorite teacher, and he worries about the summer care of Babycakes, their adorable class pet. Not only that, but his best friend is leaving for a long vacation in Canada.

Summer promises good things, too, like working with his mom at the vet clinic and hanging out with his sister, Janie, but Bat can’t help but feel that everything is coming to an end.

National Book Award finalist Elana K. Arnold returns with the third story starring an unforgettable boy on the autism spectrum.

About the Author

Elana K. Arnold grew up in Southern California, where she was lucky enough to have her own perfect pet—a gorgeous mare named Rainbow—and a family who let her read as many books as she wanted. She is the author of picture books, middle grade novels, and books for teens, including Damsel, a Michael Printz Honor Book, and What Girls are Made Of, a finalist for the National Book Award. She lives in Huntington Beach, California, with her husband, two children, and a menagerie of animals. You can find her online at

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Q&A with Elana K. Arnold

RNSL: If one of your characters from this series came off the page and had to come and live with you for a while, who would you get along with the best and why?

EKA: I would love to hang out with Bat—especially if he’d bring along Babycakes and Thor. He and I have so much in common: our love of animals; our tastes in food; our fondness for cuddling up with a good book. In many ways, I do have Bat living with me, always, as so much of him is me. After several years of working on these three books, I feel strongly that Bat is my buddy, and he will be with me always.

RNSL: If you could be best friends with any animal (not your typical pet-type animal like cats, dogs, etc.), what would they be and why?

EKA: I’ve always wanted to be best friends with otters. They are playful and soft and curious, and they like to hold hands with each other. I like to hold hands, too, and I think it’s a failure in my life that hand has mostly been reserved for kids and romantic partners. More hand holding, I say! With friends! With otters!

RNSL: Have you ever heard feedback from a reader regarding something about your books that really surprised or delighted you? What did they say?

EKA: Truly, the greatest reward of writing the BAT books has been letters from young readers. Kids write to me to share ways they see themselves in Bat, or ways they better understand their classmates or siblings after reading these books. They tell me the names of their best friends, and their favorite yogurt flavors (it turns out Bat and I aren’t the only ones who far prefer smooth yogurt to chunky), and the names of their pets. They tell me what sorts of situations frustrate them, and how they calm down. It is incredibly powerful to me when a reader says she or he is going to wonder about why people do the things they do rather than making assumptions and getting mad.

Bat and the End of Everything Blog Tour Schedule

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