Bats in the Belfry
Story Characters - Advantage Format

Beatrice Bat                                                                  10% of story

Stage 4 - Intermediate Reader

Do you really think we’ll have to go? I always like to plan ahead, and—as much as I hate the thought—if it becomes absolutely necessary to leave the belfry here, I want to have all the details regarding our new location in place. It won’t be just the bats in our belfry that will be looking for a new place to live, but hundreds of bats in hundreds of belfries all over London. I can’t even imagine how many bats that would be, can you?

Benedict Bat                                                                  11% of story

Stage 4 - Intermediate Reader

I am Benedict and I support my friend Bartholomew in his effort to try to make sure that we bats cannot be held responsible for this terrible situation. We have got to stick together and try to prove our innocence. But if we can’t, and it becomes necessary to leave London, we’ll still all remain together and the whole colony will move—bell, book and candle—to a new location. I just hope it won’t come to that, don’t you?

Bertram Bat                                                                        5% of story

Stage 4 - Intermediate Reader

My wife, Bathsheba, always has a great deal to say, so I usually keep most of my thoughts to myself, and I am content to insure that my remarks are brief and to the point. Believe me, this will be the only instance in this story that I’ll have the opportunity to speak more than one sentence at a time. I should make the most of it, but I’ve run out of things to say!

Barnabus Bat                                                                      9% of story

Stage 5 - Advanced Reader

Good e-ve-ning. I am Barnabus from Tran-syl-va-ni-a. I haf’ come to London to visit my cousin Bartholomew. He haz invited me to come countless times. Ha, ha. Never before could I tear myself avay for long enough to make da’ trip. I haf’ been on da road for a long time, and I am dead on my feet. But I haf discover-ed dat I luf to travel. It’s in my blood, you see. I trust I haf’ not arrive-ed in da middle of a grave zituation.

Beulah Bat                                                                           12% of story

Stage 5 - Advanced Reader

I really hate what’s happening to the peaceful life we are accustomed to enjoying here in London. We’re very proud of being bats, and having a long history in the belfry of this historic church. I can’t understand why people won’t accept the fact that we are simply different from them in our physical form and our habits, and that we have made valuable contributions to the quality of their lives. Where’s the appreciation? After all, there have been many famous bats down through the centuries. Their names??? Give me a minute here….

Bartholomew Bat                                  16% of story

Stage 6 - Expert Reader

I am Bartholomew, and I live with a colony of bats that has resided in the belfry of St. Botolph’s Church, Aldersgate for as long as any of us can remember. It’s generally a very pleasant place and we’re perfectly happy. But every summer the crowded conditions in the city and the smell of the polluted river cause sickness, and this year the people are blaming the situation on us—saying that we’re dirty and that we carry diseases. We don’t want to leave London, of course, but what can we do to convince everyone that we’re not responsible?

Bathsheba Bat                                           12% of story

Stage 6 - Expert Reader

I am Bathsheba, and I think it’s outrageous that bats should be blamed for circumstances that people are obviously responsible for themselves. I believe in speaking my mind on this subject whenever necessary, and I’m never at a loss for words! I say, “Clean up the city!” “Clean up the river!” and then people won’t get summer fevers and sicknesses any more. Then there will be no reason to blacken the names of innocent bats. Then there will be no cause to charge us with these horrible crimes. Have I made myself perfectly clear?

Town Crier                                                                             25% of story

Stage 6 - Expert Reader

If you thought I was your ordinary common and garden narrator like you usually get in these sort of books, you’re very much mistaken. Why, bless you, I’ve got all sorts of jobs in this story. I’ve got to tell folks what time and day it is, what the weather’s like, and all the up-to-date news about what’s ‘appenin’ in London. As you can see, I’m fairly well *run off me plates of meat, that’s feet to you, with all such doings. It’s gettin’ so a person can’t get a minute’s peace anymore. A bloomin’ shame, that’s what it is!