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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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Three boys aged 8-11 were captivated from start to finish!!

We loved the parts with the Beatles and how they mixed the human genes and how clever Baxter was. How the horrible lady transforms through the story.
Really exciting and it kept you in suspense, you could not predict what was going to happen as you listened to the story.
The authors ready is excellent and as you can see from the review our three boys aged 8-9-11 were captivated.

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Beetle boy

M.G Leonard really brings her characters to life in this audiobook. Gripping stuff from start to finish.

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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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I LOVED IT!!!!!!!!

I LOVED THIS!!! The plot, the characters, the beetles, the scenery I imagined from the description! This is what I love in a book!♡♡

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over and above ☆☆☆☆☆

really enjoyed it. apslootly AMAZING! story was good and i cant wait for the next one😌

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Best children’s book I’ve read since Dahl

I strongly recommend this book! Original, exciting and well written. A great introduction to the fascinating world of beetles.

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An exciting and original adventure

My 10 year old daughter and I loved this book.
It was gripping throughout and was really original. Can’t wait to listen to/ read the sequels.

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Beetle boy wins my vote

Great book good adventure good book for long car journey's

I really recommend this book

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Great.

loved this book. I will now buy it in paperback to read to my class next term.

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Brilliant!

This was brilliant - now I want a pet tiger beetle! I will call him emerald. Arthur (aged 8)

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  • 09-01-20

It’s good story . But..

It’s funny and exciting but virginia is girl not boy
It recorded wrong. Please check this out

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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.