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Beetle Boy, Battle of the Beetles

In this “hugely entertaining adventure with . . . characters worthy of Roald Dahl,” a boy searches for his father with help from an extraordinary beetle (The Guardian).

Darkus Cuttle can’t believe his eyes when a huge insect drops off the pants leg of his horrible new neighbor. It’s a giant beetle—and it seems to want to communicate with him. But how can a boy be friends with a beetle? And what does a beetle have to do with the disappearance of his dad and the arrival of the terrifying Lucretia Cutter, with her taste for creepy fashion?

The first book of a trilogy, Beetle Boy is a darkly hilarious adventure full of exotic beetles, daring schemes, and true friendship.

“Truly great storytelling.” —Michael Morpurgo, author of War Horse

“Leonard gives readers a rare glimpse into the world of insects, mixing adventure, mystery, and science . . . Even the most squeamish will be charmed.” —Publishers Weekly

“Thrilling . . . An original new voice in children’s literature.” —The Times

“Enchanting.” —The Daily Telegraph

M. G. Leonard

M.G. Leonard is senior digital media producer at the National Theatre of Great Britain, where she creates podcasts and documentaries about making theater. Beetle Boy, her debut novel and book one of The Beetle Trilogy, was a Publishers Weekly and New York Public Library Best Book of the Year. She lives in Brighton, England, with her family. You can visit her online at and follow her on Twitter at @MGLnrd.

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