Indies Introduce

Middle Grade

  • Beetle Boy, M.G. Leonard
    Scholastic/Chicken House, 9780545853460, February 23, 2016 (Middle Grade)

    Wickedly comedic buffoons, genetically modified villains, industrious insects, and a scrappy protagonist fighting for his father’s life keep this old-fashioned-feeling story fresh and contemporary.Readers will find themselves cheering for Beetle Boy and his amazing beetles.

    Erin Barker, Hooray for Books! (Alexandria, VA)

    When his dad goes missing, Darkus knows something very strange is going on. It doesn’t help that his uncle is acting weird and there’s a really creepy lady crawling around investigating beetles. It just so happens Darkus has found an exceptional beetle (named Baxter) who can respond in his own way to Darkus’ questions and commands. With the help of two fantastic new friends and a whole lot of beetles, Darkus may be able to solve the mystery and defeat the villain, but it’s a harrowing adventure along the way! 

    Danielle Borsch, Vroman’s Bookstore, Pasadena, CA

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