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Beetle Boy, Book 1

By Carrie Kingsley, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Fun, engaging mystery about a boy and his helpful beetles.

Book M.G. Leonard Mystery 2017
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Filled with vibrant characters and a quirky, fast-paced plot, the first book in a bug-based series is a fun mystery with equal parts action and emotion. Beetle Boy brings humanity to bugs that often make people squeamish while delivering a story that reaches younger and older readers alike. Author M.G. Leonard doesn't dwell on Darkus' terrible situation too long, rescuing him from his loneliness with friends both human and beetle, and making sure that Darkus has an adult in his life who understands and supports him. The physical descriptions bring both characters and locations to life, and there's a ton of information about beetles, including an entomologist's dictionary at the end of the book to describe common terms.

Book Details

  • Author: M.G. Leonard
  • Genre: Mystery
  • Topics: Adventures, Bugs, Friendship
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Chicken House
  • Publication date: May 30, 2017
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 8 - 12
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Available on: Paperback, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated: April 14, 2020

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