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The first book in the bestselling BATTLE OF THE BEETLES series!

'Truly
great storytelling.' MICHAEL MORPURGO

Darkus
can't believe his eyes when a huge insect drops out of
the trouser leg of his horrible new neighbour. It's a giant beetle
- and it seems to want to communicate. 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 Lucretia Cutter, with her
taste for creepy jewellery?

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12th April '19
I read it to BigKid aged 12 aged 12 & to MidKid aged 10 aged 10
Beetle Boy 9781910002704
5 stars
When Darkus' dad mysteriously disappears, he goes to stay with his uncle. At his new school, he meets Virginia and Bertolt, who agree to help him investigate his Dad's vanishing. The book twists and turns around London with friendly beetles, evil villains and bumbling petty criminals. If you love mysteries, fun and adventure this quirky page-turner of a book is for you. And if you have already read this did you know that there are 2 sequels? Look out for Beetle Queen and Battle of the Beetles.
5th August '18
I read it to Year 6 readers aged 10 to 11
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5 stars
Beetle Boy has all the elements that make for a great detective novel. It keeps you on the edge of your seat with twists and turns from beginning to end. It's set in London and the backdrop of the Natural History Museum really adds an interesting dimension. We loved Darcus and Baxter's friendship; as well as the quirkiness of Darcus' family members. 
4th August '17
Casper Readalot read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
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5 stars
Darkus is an ordinary kid who lives with his dad. His dad works at a museum and one day he goes missing. Darkus has to move away and move schools. On the second day at his uncle’s home, a giant beetle falls out of his horrible neighbour’s pants and it seems to be able to listen to Darkus. With the help of his Uncle Max, his two new friends Virginia and Bertolt, and a LOT of beetles, Darkus tries to find and save his dad.

I would rate this book 5 out of 5 as it’s sometimes funny, sometimes shocking and sometimes sad. I didn’t have a favourite character as they are all great and seem so real. I would mostly recommend this book to anyone who is 9-12 but I think you could read it even if you’re older and you’re likely to enjoy it.
16th April '19
I read it myself (an adult)
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5 stars
“Dr Bartholomew Cuttle wasn’t the kind of man who disappeared.” 
From its opening line this book reels you in to the mysterious and seemingly impossible disappearance  from a locked vault, of the Director of Science at the Natural History Museum.

The story has everything that you want in an MG book, fantastic and authentic child characters, a delightfully unhinged super villain, Lucretia Cutter, think genetically modified Cruella de Vil, with unbelievably disgusting breakfast habits. She is supplemented with a pair of hilariously warring cousins, Pickford and Humphrey, whose collective greed and idiocy provide great comic entertainment. The pacy plot follows Darkus, his Uncle Max, two new friends, Virginia and Bertolt and an army comprising many species of beetle, in their quest to find and rescue Bartholomew Cutter from his kidnapper. I applaud M.G. Leonard for the volume of detail that this story delivers on the importance of insects in our world. I hope that this joyous adventure inspires a whole new generation of ecologists/ entomologists to scuttle to the library to investigate the amazing insect kingdom. Highly recommended to appeal to boys and girls of 7+.
31st March '16
Bobbin read it themselves aged 8 aged 8
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5 stars
On day Darkus' father doe not pick him up from school.  It soon becomes apparent that he has disappeared without trace, and seemingly without reason.  Darkus' world is turned upside down. Over the following few weeks he meets his uncle  who he moves in with and makes two new friends. He also acquires an astonishing beetle as a companion. 
With his new found friends, Darkus embarks on a mysterious adventure to find out what has happened to his father.  
The book includes lots of detailed information about beetles with a few scientific theories up for discussion. My son LOVED this book, reading quite a bit to himself at every available opportunity. It has inspired him to find out more about beetles and we have gone on several of our own bug hunts looking for beetles in woods. I have also had to get a more detailed beetle identification book. 
I would definitely recommend this for any child who loves nature and is curious about scientific ideas.
5th October '16
I read it myself (an adult)
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5 stars
What a fun detective book with an interesting twist as the beetles communicated with the children as they try to help Darkus discover what has happened to his father.
Darkus is likeable, his Uncle comes to rescue him from foster care & clears out a room in his London apartment. A rhinoceros beetle in the street attaches itself to Darkuys after he watches 2 nasty cousins from next door fighting. 
Virginia and Bertolt help Darkus at school and after school they make a den in next doors garden filled with derelict furiture. 
Finding clues at the museum where his father worked and finding strange and wonderful beetles living next door Darkus soon finds himself in trouble when the mysterious Lucretia Cuttle tries to buy the beetle mountain, oh yes, and her daughter Novak, befriends him and becomes part of the only ones who knoiknoiw how clever these beetles are.
It is an infectious quirky read I hope there is a book two soon as I enjoyed it and highly recommend it to my 8 yr old.  
19th October '18
FelixLowe read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
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5 stars
This is a definite five star book. One of the best I've read this year. 
I wasn't sure if I'd like it, as I wasn't keen on bugs, but by the end I thought beetles were really cool! 
It's a cool adventure book with likeable main characters, brilliantly horrid nasty neighbours and the baddest bad character I've seen for a while! Can't wait to read the rest of the Beetle books! 
16th April '19
I read it myself (an adult)
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5 stars
I LOVE BEETLE BOY! I am completely hooked on this series and so are the children in my class. Whether you are a beetle fan or not, you will be when you’ve finished this book! As soon as you finish this story you will want to read the next one to find out what happens next. The characters are built up brilliantly and you feel a strong connection with them, particularly the 3 children! This book will leave you feeling happy and full of love for nature :-)
25th September '17
I read it myself (an adult)
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5 stars
I'll be honest, this has been on my to-read list for while, but the word 'beetle' in the title meant it kept slipping to the bottom. How disappointed I am that I allowed my entomological prejudice delay me so long! This is a fabulous, pacy, action packed story which grips you from the start. I loved the balance between tension and humour; I love the endearing characters; I loved the way Leonard incorporates facts about beetles without making me want to fall asleep (or jump, scratching, into very deep water). In fact, there was nothing I didn't love about this book. Being a child led mystery adventure, it reminded me very much of Blyton's Famous Five and, in Lucretia Cutter, Cruella De Vil would be given a run for her money. An sheer delight. Cannot wait to read Beetle Queen.
7th March '19
StMatthiasYr6 read it themselves aged 10 to 11
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5 stars
There are four main characters in this book;Darkus Cuttle, Virginia Wallace, Bertolt Roberts and Lucretia Cutter.
I gave this book a five star because most of the book is funny and extremely hilarious.  There are parts that are serious and make you feel different emotions for the characters.  
Darkus' dad goes missing.  The book is about how three kids go on a mission to save him.  There is a villain in the story who is out to stop them (Lucretia Cutter).  The book is full of excitement, funny and emotional parts!  I love how the friendship is built between the characters.
I think this book is suitable for children aged 9 and over and adults as well.
By Sasu
9th August '18
I read it myself (an adult)
Beetle Boy 9781910002704
5 stars
Just finished reading this today and already started number two - Beetle Queen!  This was a gripping story with adventure right from the outset, which kept me guessing all the way through.  I loved the central characters (particularly the beetles!) - I even found myself caring about Lucretia (involuntary shudder) and keen to know her back story!  It really got me interested in beetles too (I think that there is a beetle factual book in the pipeline) - I learnt so much from the story, and it occurred to me that this would be perfect for any child who normally won't stray from non fiction. Also really loved the illustrations by Julia Sarda (The Lizsts) - just enough to set the tone! 
6th September '18
bookworm2007 read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
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5 stars
What did you like or dislike about this book and why?       What I liked about this book was that the author knew lots facts beetles and added them into the book and when it came to learning about beetles In class I knew all the answers.

what were the characters like?    Darkus is a very kind and sensitive boy and loves Beetles like his dead father.

How would you describe this book?   I would describe this book as an adventure and a mystery.

Are there illustrations or photo graphs? no

How did this book make you feel?    this book made me feel more clever!
1st December '18
Mayyay read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
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5 stars
This is one of the best books I have ever read. I picked it up in the library while I was waiting for my mum and got completely hooked. The main character Darkus is really interesting and his uncle Max is a cool archaeologist. I loved learning about beetles and now know what a coleopterist is (somebody who studies beetles). The story is about Darkus, his friends, Virginia and Bertolt, and uncle Max investigating where Darkus's dad disappeared to. He was last seen in a locked room at the National History Museum but vanished without a trace. Darkus is convinced he is still alive and wants to find him. Does the devilish Lucretia Cutter have something to do with his disappearance? Read the book and find out. It's worth it.
9th April '18
I read it to Badgers aged 10 to 11
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5 stars
I read this to my year 6 class and they absolutely loved it!  They were really gripped with the suspense and were trying to guess what had happened to Darkus' dad.

Each time we read a chapter or two they were all gripped and each time we stopped there were groans of annoyance as they wanted to read on to find out what was going to happen next.  

I highly recommend this book, we are looking forward to reading the next two books in the trilogy.
5th February '17
I read it to Ollie aged 9 aged 9
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5 stars
After Darkus' Dad disappears, he discovers a mysterious beetle which he called Baxter. Does Baxter have anything to do with his Dad's disappearance or could Baxter help him find his missing Dad? Join Darkus and his two school friends as they piece together clues to solve the mystery. 
22nd January '17
Elliemai read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
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5 stars
i like this book.
this story was very exciting and i can not wait for the next book in the series as it finished on a cliff hanger.
my favorite character was Darkus because he acheieved the impossible 
i would recommend this book to children aged 8 plus 
3rd August '18
I read it to Indigo aged 8 to 9
Beetle Boy 9781910002704
5 stars
I read this to my class after studying habitats in science and discovering that they were fascinated by bugs! They really enjoyed the adventure of this, so much so that several children asked to take the book outside to read at lunchtime to read ahead of their friends! When we then read on in class, there were often comments such as ‘this next bit is really exciting!’ Every time we reached the end of a chapter and needed to stop, there were always protests of couldn’t we read just a little more! Fantastic fun and hilarious in places.
3rd March '18
I read it to SportyJ aged 8 aged 8 & to Lions class aged 7 to 9
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4 stars
We enjoyed this book and the idea of having beetles that understand human instructions!  The idea of Darkus solving the mystery of his missing dad was great.  We weren't sure about Novak's character, it meant that when I was reading this to my son or my class I had to do some serious editing as I read it!  We're looking forward to reading the Beetle Queen!
14th October '18
I read it to 6A 2018-19 aged 10 to 11
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4 stars
An amazing story of adventure and mystery, which not only teaches you morals and key life messages, but it also teaches you about Science, about beetles, and about experiments. An excellent book which hybrids into the non-fiction genre with a glossary and wonderful facts, yet written in the same style as classic authors such as Roald Dahl and Michael Morpurgo, MG Leonard has done a fantastic job with this novel.
15th December '17
Sea Turtle read it themselves aged 10 to 11
Beetle Boy 9781910002704
3 stars
I really enjoyed this book up until the ending. I found that bit disappointing - it went on a bit! The beginning didn't give too much away so it made me want to keep reading. I'd be willing to give another book by the same author a go.
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