Can a boy be best friends with a beetle?
Thirteen-year-old Darkus Cuttle’s search for his kidnapped father leads him to discover a mountain of extraordinary beetles, and pits him against the mad-scientist of the fashion world, Lucretia Cutter, an haute couture villainess with an alarming interest in insects. A darkly hilarious adventure full of exotic beetles, daring schemes, and true friendship.
Beetle Boy is published by Chicken House in the UK and over thirty-five territories around the world including:
Albania, Audio World English, Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Islands, France, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Iran, Italy, Japan, Korea, Latin America, Latvia, Lithuania, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine, USA, Vietnam
TV & Film rights are optioned by Nevision.
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AWARDS, ACCOLADES & PRIZES
WINNER OF THE 2017 BRANFORD BOASE AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING FIRST NOVEL FOR CHILDREN - UNITED KINGDOM
WINNER OF THE 2017 SHEFFIELD CHILDREN'S BOOK AWARD FOR SHORTER NOVEL.
WINNER OF THE 2017-18 GOLDEN COW BELL BOOK AWARD, VOTED FOR BY THE READERS AT SWISS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS
WINNER OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN 2018 SCIENCE AND ART PRIZE FOR CORRECTNESS, ORIGINALITY AND QUALITY OF TRANSLATION OF CHILDREN'S LITERATURE INTO AFRIKAANS
WINNER OF GOLD MEDAL (1st Place) IN THE 2018 NATIONAL CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARDS OF CHINA
Chosen as a White Raven 2017, 1 of 200 books in 38 languages from 56 countries representing the best of international children’s and youth literature.
Chosen as one of the Top Fifty Books Published in 2016 by The Telegraph
Chosen as one of the Top Children's Books Published in 2016 by The Telegraph
Chosen as one of the Top Children's Books Published in 2016 by The Guardian
Chosen as a Top Twenty Middle Grade Title of 2016 by Publishers Weekly, USA
Chosen as one of the Best Books for Kids 2016 by The New York Public Library, USA
Chosen as on of the Top Twenty-five Notable Children's Recordings by Association for Library Service to Children, part of the American Library Association, 2017.
Shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2017
Longlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2017
Longlisted for the UKLA Award 2017
Shortlisted for the 2016 Books Are My Bag reader awards, UK
Shortlisted for the New Children’s Fiction Awards 2016, by Teach Primary, UK
Shortlisted for the Red Dot Award (Singapore International Schools) 2017-18
Shortlisted for the Salford Children's Book Award 2017
Shortlisted for the Tower Hamlets Book Award 2017
Shortlisted for the Harrow Junior Book Award 2017
Shortlisted for the Stockport Children’s Book Award 2017
Shortlisted for the Sefton Super Read Award 2017
Shortlisted for the Hillingdon Primary Book of the Year 2017
Shortlisted for the Southwark Book Award 2017
Shortlisted for the Leeds Book Award 2017
Shortlisted for the Concorde Book Award 2017
Shortlisted for the Heart of Hawick Book Award 2017
Shortlisted for the Hounslow Junior Book Award 2017
Shortlisted for the Bolton's Children Fiction Award 2017
Shortlisted for the Waverton Good Read Children's Award 2017
Shortlisted for the Awesome Book Awards 2017, South East schools
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WHAT OTHER PEOPLE SAY ABOUT BEETLE BOY
'Part-mystery, part-adventure, BEETLE BOY is one of the most enjoyable books I’ve read. The narrative voice had a misleading air of charming simplicity about it that immersed you in a plot of entertaining, and sometimes unnerving, depth. Starting with the tantalising set up of a father’s disappearance from a locked room, and ending with a charging beetle army, Leonard winds her way through the twisting, romping plot with a lightness of touch that has already drawn comparisons to Roald Dahl and JK Rowling.'
'M.G. Leonard is a classic storyteller, in the tradition of Roald Dahl or Dodie Smith, but an original voice. We predict that once again the Branford Boase Award judges have recognized an author who will be thrilling young readers for decades to come.'
'This book will take you on an adventure through museums, mansions and secret hideouts where you’ll meet thousands of the most fascinating beetles. I had to pause to google all the different species and couldn’t believe they were real! The action and adventure reminded me of Indiana Jones with a villain evil enough to rival Cruella Deville. By the end, you’ll think beetles are the coolest creatures on the planet and wish one would choose you as a companion. It’s fast paced and full of adventure.'
"Beetle Boy is a great children's book - funny exciting, and genuinely eccentric."
"We live in a world where one in five of our fellow creatures is a beetle. If you already love beetles, you will love this book, but if you have still to discover your inner beetle-boy, or beetle-girl, this imaginative, heart stopping adventure is for you. If I didn't already devote most of my waking hours to beetles, reading this book would make me want to... "
"Beetle Boy is a wonderfully funny, energetic and involving story. It combines classic story-telling with a tremendous sense of fun and excitement. I expect children will be reading it with huge pleasure and interest for many years to come."
"I loved Beetle Boy. It is at once engaging, creepy (bound to be), funny and full of excitement. Truly great storytelling."
'As a reader we immediately warm to Darkus… I haven’t read anything quite like it. The story is likely to appeal equally to boys and girls and - if I’m anything to go by - to any adult who loves a cracking story. I’m not at all surprised this book is being published by the man who is acknowledged to have introduced the world to Harry Potter: maybe, just maybe, M.G. Leonard will be the next J.K. Rowling.’
‘I really enjoyed Beetle Boy and it’s great sense of adventure. It felt like Indiana Jones meets David Attenborough wrapped up in a great kid’s novel… A joyous debut that was educational and entertaining with every turn of the page. Thumbs up!’
‘Bug me! This is as good as it gets! This book will have you scuttling with joy! Beetlelicious, fantastic fun for everyone. I was crawling with joy from every page that I read. Gross, funny and heart warming - a flapping great read, this book has imagination with wings.’