Beetle Boy

Beetle Boy When he was seven Charlie Porter never intended to become the world s youngest published author He just wanted his father to stop crying So he told him a story about a talking beetle a dumb little st

  • Title: Beetle Boy
  • Author: Margaret Willey
  • ISBN: 9781467726399
  • Page: 320
  • Format: Hardcover
  • When he was seven, Charlie Porter never intended to become the world s youngest published author He just wanted his father to stop crying So he told him a story about a talking beetle a dumb little story his mother made up to make him feel better That was before she left and feeling better became impossible But Charlie s story not only made his father stop crying.When he was seven, Charlie Porter never intended to become the world s youngest published author He just wanted his father to stop crying So he told him a story about a talking beetle a dumb little story his mother made up to make him feel better That was before she left and feeling better became impossible But Charlie s story not only made his father stop crying It made him start planning The story became a book, and then it became school events and book festivals, and a beetle costume, and a catchphrase I was born to write Because of the story, Charlie stayed seven until he was ten And then it all ended Or it should have Now Charlie is eighteen, and the beetles still haunt his dreams The childhood he never really had is about to end but there s still a chance to have a story of his own Beetle Boy is a novel of a broken family, the long shadow of neglect, and the light of small kindnesses.

    Beetle Boy Beetle Boy is a middle grade novel published in by The Chicken House in the United Kingdom and in the US It was written by M G Leonard and illustrated by Jlia Sard It is the first part of a trilogy, as volume of the Beetle Trilogy series. Beetle Boy The Battle of the Beetles by M.G Leonard The glorious start to a middle grade trilogy about a brilliant boy, his loyal friends, and some amazingly intelligent beetles that brings together adventure, humor, and real science Darkus Cuttle s dad mysteriously goes missing from his job as Director of Science at the Natural History Museum Chicken House Books Beetle Boy Beetle Boy is a Tom Fletcher Book Club pick Here at Chicken House we are very excited to announce that Beetle Boy by M.G Leonard has been selected for the first ever Tom Fletcher Book Club, exclusive to WHSmith Continue reading Beetle Boy M G Leonard BEETLE BOY 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 Beetle Boy M.G Leonard Books Beetle Boy M.G Leonard on FREE shipping on qualifying offers Even the most squeamish will be charmed Publishers Weekly , starred review A cracking mystery adventure Beetle Boy Kindle edition by M.G Leonard Children Beetle Boy Kindle edition by M.G Leonard Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Beetle Boy. Beetle Boy Republished WIKI Beetle Boy is a middle grade novel published in by The Chicken House in the United Kingdom and in the US It was written by M G Leonard and illustrated by Jlia Sard It is the first part of a trilogy, as volume of the Beetle Trilogy series Beetle Beetle Boy by M.G Leonard, Paperback Barnes Noble Praise for Beetle Boy Debut novelist Leonard gives readers a rare glimpse into the world of insects, mixing adventure, mystery, and science to create a story that s much than just a novel about bugs Even the most squeamish will be charmed Publishers Weekly, starred review Beetle Boy Teenreads After his mother leaves them, Charlie is pressured by his father to turn her old bedtime stories into poorly made picture books all about Beetle Boy After the books come author conventions, school events, book festivals and even a beetle costume, all of which are enough to drive introverted Charlie insane. Beetle Boy by M G Leonard pDarkus Cuttle s dad mysteriously goes missing from his job as Director of Science at the Natural History Museum Vanished without a trace From a locked room br So Darkus moves in with his eccentric Uncle Max and next door to Humphrey and Pickering, two lunatic cousins with an enormous beetle infestation.

    • Beetle Boy By Margaret Willey
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    About "Margaret Willey"

    1. Margaret Willey

      I am the author of 9 Young Adult novels, 6 picture books on the way in both genres I have also published reviews, essays and poetry My best known books are the CLEVER BEATRICE picture books, for which I received many awards and prizes, including the CCBC Charlotte Zolotow award for best writing in a picture book Recently, I was given the Gwen Frostic Award by the Michigan Reading Association for my contributions to literacy in my home state of Michigan I have two grown children and live in Grand Haven with my husband Richard Joanisse.I am the author of FOUR SECRETS,a book about the aftermath of a school bullying incident with graphic novel inspired illustrations by Bill Hauser.I am currently promoting my new title with Carolrhoda Lab, BEETLE BOY, about a different kind of bullying, the parental kind, and one boy s long journey out of childhood to escape it Kirkus called the book Disturbing and riveting in a starred review Starred review Publishers Weekly Cited as a book of week for Sept 1 from PW.

    323 thoughts on “Beetle Boy”

    1. I kept waiting for Charles to grow up, to find his own voice and start making some of his own decisions. As a child, he was under the constant grip of his father, who forced him to lie and create a world for himself as the world’s youngest published author. Writing about the adventures of Beetle Boy, Charles didn’t enjoy the limelight but discovering a relationship with Mrs. M a fellow author, was a definite plus. Charlie was living his dad’s dream. Alternating passages between present day [...]


    2. This book was alright, maybe just not my style. I was invested enough to want to finish it, but not enough to really care about the characters as much as I typically do. The ending was a bit abrupt too, like the author got a bit bored of it. It was alright though, a fair little read.


    3. Charlie Porter never expected to have a girlfriend who cared this much for him. Enough to bring him into her home after he had surgery on his Achilles tendon and care for him while he could not walk. But now Clara is starting to ask pointed questions about Charlie’s childhood and his family, questions that Charlie does not want to answer. Clara knows that Charlie was once billed as the world’s youngest author and sold story books about beetles. She also knows that he has nightmares every nig [...]


    4. I am choosing to review this book by sharing a poem I wrote about it when I read it last spring.Cautiously forging A wig A ‘too big’ suitAn award winner and the youngestFragileFakeForcedConnectNot in a friendly wayMore bumbling BrashSoberYet authenticity Time happensLife continues to unfoldMore bumbling BrashnessSobrietyStill authenticLife isn’t easyNeeds and conditions UncoveredGrand parenting happensGood for the ‘grandmother”Good for the ‘grandson’More confidently forging into th [...]


    5. This took me a little while to get into but once I focused and had time to just read it, I enjoyed this story of a young man who was abused and then estranged from his family through a variety of circumstances and who needed to come to terms with his life and making decisions based on his future, not his past. Themes of forgiving oneself and others, one person making a difference, taking responsibility for ones life, letting go of what can't be changed and moving forward are all part of what mak [...]


    6. For most of this book I believed I would give it a solid three stars. I enjoyed the flashbacks but found the present plot (especially the nightmares) to be boring and slightly annoying. I found Charlie to be aggravating, and his constant lies frustrated me. Clara's persistent need to know every intimate detail and fix everything also bothered me. However, as the book went on I found myself more and more interested in adult Charlie. By the end, he had even redeemed himself to me. Mrs. M was an in [...]


    7. I don't often say the grouchy mentor is the saving grace of a book because 95% of the time the mentor is the most unnecessary and unneeded cast member in any given book. However, Mrs. M was what took this book from a "???" very confusing and utterly incomplete one-star journey to at least a two. I don't know what the author was actually trying to accomplish with this and I have an inclination that she didn't either but I don't care because of that one old lady who couldn't give less fucks about [...]


    8. This book has a difficult to believe premise: that the main character's dad is a jerk who writes a book using tales his son learned from a now absent mother. He somehow tries to turn a profit with these stories. There would be so many other, easier ways to make a profit! They actually go to book fairs all over the place, an arduous endeavor that I have a hard time believing the dad would bother to do. The relationship between the boy and an older (rather grumpy) children's book author is nice, s [...]


    9. Didn't finish. Kind of interesting but very dark and definitely not a YA bookMain character has a LOT of emotional issues from his awful childhood. His mother left and his emotionally-abusive and negligent father promoted him as a child author and made him dress as a huge beetle at all of his "author" sessions. Younger brother was completely ignored. Only bright spot in his childhood was a rival author who kind of took him in. Alternates between present day and childhood flashbacks and dream seq [...]


    10. This book was required reading on craft for a conference and not one I would have ever chosen to read myself: male protagonist, main characters mostly male (boy, dad, brother) and bugs as a main reference point. But it surprised me. I especially liked the developments past the midpoint. And I could totally empathize with the female characters (girlfriend, honorary grandmother and birth mother) as the story unfolded. The analogy of the beetles through dreams was well told, and the screwed-up fath [...]


    11. I liked Beetle Boy fairly well, but I doubt I'll be recommending it. For one, I'm a teen librarian and although I've seen this book described as a book for young adults, I'm not so sure. Not so much because of inappropriate content, but I just don't see the appeal for teens. Please let me know if you disagree, but although it was written well enough, the story didn't really grab me and make me want to keep reading.


    12. Here is an excerpt from my review: "The reader, much like Charlie's girlfriend, doesn't get all this information at once. The story of Charlie's past is told through flashbacks. And as the story progresses, Charlie's past starts affecting his present and now he's got to deal with old friends and old family before he can move on to the future."You can read the full review here: cookscrapcraft/20


    13. While I really enjoyed the style of the writing. The story was strange and I wanted it to end giving a better explanation of where Charlie was headed. I kind of felt it ended as though maybe he was going to live with another new elderly person and just go back into his same situation he had with Martha only maybe taking up the name "Chris" this time. I guess I just wanted a better ending.


    14. For as short as this book was it took me longer than I thought it would to finish. It was just difficult for me to get into the story. Between the dreams and the way the dialog was written I was just not very engaged in the story. Not really sure who I would recommend this title to. There is a lot of symbolism that could be used in the discussion of this novel.


    15. This book will stay with me for a long time. I don't think I've ever read a more poignant story of the damage that an abusive childhood can do, even after childhood has been left behind. This book was heartbreaking and tragic, but beautiful. I cared so much about the characters, especially Charlie and Clara, and I wish I could see more of their lives.


    16. Real rating is 3 and a half stars. The character development in this story was non existent, let alone any development. They all were poorly placed and lacked any kind of clarity to them. It was not a good mysterious either. I just felt the story had so much more potential.


    17. While the story kept me interested, this ultimately fell flat for me because the characters didn't seem fully fleshed out. The girlfriend was too good to be believed and I was especially puzzled by the mother--no real explanation for how and why the mother up and left her two sons.


    18. So freaking deep. Beetle boy is a sensational. Charlie Porter is struggling with a broken family, a long shadow of neglect but makes it through life with windows of kindnesses. Even though his childhood was stolen, he finds a way to survive. Beautifully written even with the torturous ending.


    19. I liked it and was captivated by it, but it left me wanting more than it had to offer. It had some great characters, especially the old lady that the main character befriends. I did like the contrast between the two parents, who both failed three kids but in hugely different ways.


    20. Quirky story of a boy who is terribly shy but ends up in the spotlight trying to please his father. Messed up childhoods come in many forms Great quick read.


    21. I loved this quirky, original book about a boy whose dad trots him around in a beetle costume, claiming that he's the world's youngest published author.


    22. Not sure the author intended this to be a cautionary tale about the dangers of self publishing, buuuut that's how I took it


    23. 3.5 stars. Great premise for a YA novel but the main character was so unlikable and I couldn't get a handle on his relationship with his girlfriend or brother.



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