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Bat and the End of Everything: 04/27/19

Bat and the End of Everything

Bat and the End of Everything by Elana K. Arnold is the third (and possibly conclusion) to the Boy Called Bat series. Bat has run out of time and knows it's only weeks until Thor has to be released into the wild. Meanwhile, it's the end of the school year, which means it will be a new teacher next year.

At the start of the book, Bat is given the opportunity to take the classroom rabbit home over the summer. He is one of the regular caretakers of the rabbit and with a mother who is a veterinarian, Bat is the perfect choice. Because of Thor, though, Bat declines, showing just how dedicated he is to the skunk and how well he has come to learn his limits.

Bat and his sister meanwhile also have to face the reality that their father is now dating. He wants both kids to get to know his girl friend because the relationship is getting serious enough they might be considering marriage. While neither sibling is thrilled, it's Bat who again is better at coping with the news. A year of caring for Thor has taught him ways of coping that he hadn't previously had.

The book ultimately has a happy ending for Bat and Thor, one that I'm not going to spoil here. It's a realistic ending based on actual skunk research. This book includes a second, real life skunk expect, just as the first has.

All that said, there are enough loose ends especially with the father and potential step-mother, that there could be a fourth book. I like that there is this opening for more and would eagerly read a fourth book. But as it stands, Bat and the End of Everything is also a satisfying conclusion.

Five stars

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