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IN-STORE EVENT: Ernest Cline, Bridge to Bat City

Friday, April 12, 2024 - 5:00pm

FREE IN-STORE EVENT: Bookshop Santa Cruz welcomes #1 New York Times bestselling author Ernest Cline (Ready Player One), for a reading and signing of his new book Bridge to Bat City—a mostly true tall tale about an unexpected friendship between a young girl and a music-loving colony of bats. 

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After losing her mother, thirteen-year-old Opal moves in with her uncle Roscoe on the family farm. There, Opal bonds with Uncle Roscoe over music and befriends a group of orphaned, music-loving bats. 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.

If Opal and the bats can fit in anywhere, it's the nearby city of Austin, home to their favorite music and a host of wonderfully eccentric characters. 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.


Ernest Cline is the bestselling author of Ready Player One, Ready Player Two, and Armada, and co-screenwriter of the film adaptation of Ready Player One, directed by Steven Spielberg. This is his debut middle-grade novel. He lives in Austin, Texas.

PLEASE NOTE: Cline will sign and personalize one copy of Bridge to Bat City per customer in the signing line upon the conclusion of the event. He will sign (but not personalize) one additional backlist book brought from home or purchased at Bookshop. Thank you!

Bridge to Bat City By Ernest Cline Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316460583
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 9th, 2024