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Bridge to Bat City

Bridge to Bat City

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To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. With his signature deep dives into nerdy pop culture futures, Ready Player One author Ernest Cline is one of Austin's biggest-selling authors.

This is a weird and wonderful “mostly true tall tale” about how a recently orphaned girl named Opal B Flats helped a family of displaced bats find a new home under the Congress Avenue Bridge in Austin, Texas. But just as the farm is starting to feel like home, the bats' cave is destroyed by a big mining company with its sights set on the farmland next. Cline is otherwise best known for penning the 2015 sci-fi novel Armada, which follows another teenage gamer who discovers that the alien-invasion-themed game he’s been playing is actually a simulator to prepare humanity for a real-world invasion.The Austin author has just announced the release date for his debut children's novel, The Bridge to Bat City, set in Austin in the 1980s. Ernest Cline, the best-selling novelist who saw his popular first published book, Ready Player One, adapted by Steven Spielberg into a tentpole movie, has unveiled his debut kids novel, Bridge to Bat City.

In Bridge to Bat City, inspired by stories he would tell his kids at bedtime, Ernie Cline has crafted an enchanting tale that weaves together fact and fiction set against the incredible backdrop of 1980s Austin, filled with a vibrant cast of characters, rich music history, activism and environmentalism, and bats! There, Opal bonds with Unclue Roscoe over music and befriends a group of orphaned, music-loving bats. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. In the meantime, he busied himself as a star of Austin's slam poetry scene, collecting some of his verses into a chapbook, The Importance of Being Ernest, in 2001, However, it was his debut novel Ready Player One that made him a household name, and it was adapted by Steven Spielberg in 2018. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his family, a time-traveling DeLorean, and a large collection of classic video games.Ernie lives in Austin, Texas, with his family, a time-traveling DeLorean, and a large collection of classic video games.

Set for publication in April 2024, the book is described as a “mostly true tall tale” about a recently orphaned young girl named Opal B Flats, who forms an unexpected friendship with a music-loving colony of bats and helps them find a new home against all odds. The publishing deal for The Bridge to Bat City was brokered by Cline's longtime representatives, manager/producing partner, Dan Farah, and literary agent Yfat Reiss Gendell.

But with people afraid of the bats and determined to get rid of them, it’ll take a whole lot of courage to prove that this is where the bats—and Opal—belong.



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