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Summary

Darkus is miserable. His dad has disappeared, and now he is living next door to the most disgusting neighbours ever. A giant beetle called Baxter comes to his rescue. But can the two solve the mystery of his dad's disappearance, especially when links emerge to cruel Lucretia Cutter and her penchant for beetle jewellery?

A coffee-mug mountain, home to a million insects, could provide the answer - if Darkus and Baxter are brave enough to find it.

©2016 Maya Gabrielle (P)2016 W F Howes Ltd

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"Reminiscent of Roald Dahl." ( Bookseller)

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absolutely fantastic book and narration

this book is amazing it's very much like a roald dahl book which is great and the narration really brings it to life

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Brilliant story

From start to finish this is a great story. A mystery that starts of at a ripping pace and never let's up. Wonderfully drawn characters both good and bad in nature. The the idea underpinning it all is brilliantly original and will enthuse children and grown-ups alike. The author's reading finishes it all off beautifully - great voices.

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Beetle brilliant insect friends adventure.

Finished this audio book in three days,

Completely submeged in the furniture forest on a mission to find Dad with some new friends and some very special beetles.

M.G.Leonard is a talented narrator and writer how does she do all of those voices? Pickering and Humphrey were my personal favourites.

Cant wait to listen to the next installment.

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Brilliant

I loved it I would recommend it to adults and kids who like an adventure and a bit of a mystery can't wait to listen to beetle queen 👑

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Beetle Boy

Brilliant story... well narrated. Thank you MG Leonard. Look forward to Beetle Queen next. Can't wait for Battle of the Beetles next year.

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  • Andree Sanborn
  • 29-10-16

Classroom read-aloud

The class (seven 10 and 11 year old boys) loved the book and are waiting for book 2 and a movie. This movie, they say, would be awesome and funny. They are now studying Coleoptera with high levels of engagement.