River of No Return, The Black Rock Desert Trilogy, Book III
by Rachael Freeman Long
Tate Publishing, 2016
When wolves attacked a herd of cows, Jack knows something is wrong. When Jack meets up with his friends Sonny, a coyote, Pinta, a bat, and Midas, a raven, he learns the evil poachers are back. They have encountered this gang before and they are determined to stop them forever. A complex tale that includes the former lead pack wolf, banned from the pack; Sonny’s parents who had been captured; and poacher Sarge and his motley crew Earl and Mack. Set in a desert wilderness where copper and gold mines and old volcano flows once flourished, it soon becomes a battle to stay alive as they trail the poachers. River of No Return is a riveting story, each page turning itself. Author Rachael Freeman Long, an expert on bats in real life, weaves in details about bats that become critical in the friends’ survival and success.
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Littlebat’s Halloween Story
by Diane Mayr, illustrated by Gideon Kendall
Albert Whitman & Company, 2001
This is a non-scary Halloween story, perfect for the youngest reader.
Littlebat and his mother live in the attic of the library. One day Littlebat discovers the librarian reading stories to children. He becomes fascinated with the story, but frustrated when he can see the pictures of the porridge. One day a story of a caterpillar that turned into a butterfly lured Littlebat further and further out of his hiding place. When a little moth flew by, be became so excited he lost his grip and fell into the room. The children screamed and ran and Littlebat zipped back to his mother. Littlebat wanted so much to see the pictures up close, his mother finally relented and said maybe there’s a time when you can get closer, but that he’d have to wait for changes. Many changes happened, like the Fourth of July, hot summer days, and cool fall days. As pumpkins appeared in the cool air, Littlebat started slowing down for his long winter’s sleep. He had stopped looking for changes, when his mother said, “It was time,” and encouraged him to have fun. And he did. The final illustration shows the librarian reading stories to children dressed in their Halloween costumes with Littlebat in full sight of the children. Displayed with the Halloween decorations, Littlebat wasn’t noticed!
A sweet story with a terrific surprise ending—and readers learn a bit about bats!
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