Beetle Boy is a Tom Fletcher Book Club pick!

Posted by Jazz on Wednesday September 13th, 2017

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! (more…)

Battle of the Beetles

Darkus and his friends continue their unforgettable adventure in this final instalment of the Beetle trilogy! 

Arch-villainess Lucretia Cutter has a secret Biome hidden in the Amazon rainforest: can Darkus and his friends, human and beetle alike, find it before it’s too late? If they can’t stop Lucretia, she will release her hoard of giant Frankenstein beetles, and the planet will never be the same again …

M.G. Leonard on Beetle Boy winning the Branford Boase Award

Posted by Jazz on Wednesday July 12th, 2017

Beetle Boy author M.G. Leonard gives us the gif-filled lowdown on her winning night ...  (more…)

Beetle Boy wins the Branford Boase Award 2017

Posted by Jazz on Thursday July 6th, 2017

We are absolutely thrilled that Beetle Boy has won the Branford Boase Award 2017, along with editors Barry Cunningham and Rachel Leyshon! 


Beetle Queen is published today!

Posted by Jazz on Thursday April 6th, 2017

Yes, you read that right, the time has finally come; Beetle Queen is officially published today! You may have already spotted it in Waterstones before now, but as of today the epic sequel to M.G. Leonard's Beetle Boy is on shelves everywhere. (more…)

Beetle Queen is scuttling into bookshops now ...

Posted by Jazz on Friday March 3rd, 2017

M.G. Leonard's wickedly wonderful Beetle Boy sequel, Beetle Queen, isn't officially publishing until 6th April – but you may have noticed that some lucky readers have managed to get their hands on an early copy (ft. incredible spotty edges!). (more…)

NaNoWriMo Nov Day 7: M.G. Leonard

Posted by Jazz on Monday November 7th, 2016

One week of NaNoWriMo is already gone! If you're in need of some extra inspiration, check out these writing tips from the bestselling author of Beetle Boy, M.G. Leonard ...  (more…)

Beetle Queen

Cruel beetle fashionista, Lucretia Cutter, is at large with her yellow ladybird spies.

When Darkus, Virginia and Bertolt discover further evidence of her evil, they’re determined to stop her. But the three friends are in trouble. Darkus’ dad has forbidden them to investigate any further – and disgusting crooks Humphrey and Pickering are out of prison. Hope rests on Novak, Lucretia’s daughter and a Hollywood actress, but the beetle diva is always one scuttle ahead …

The sequel to the bestselling Beetle Boy, a previous Waterstones' Children's Book of the Month. 

Befriend a Beetle with M.G. Leonard and PTES

Posted by Jazz on Wednesday May 25th, 2016

If you've read Beetle Boy by M.G. Leonard, you'll know what incredible creatures beetles are – but sadly in many countries stag beetles are now extinct. If you live in the south of the UK you might be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a beetle in the wild, so please keep an eye out for them and visit the People's Trust for Endangered Species website to find out what you should do if a beetle rocks up in your garden. (more…)

Beetle Boy is Waterstones' Children's Book of the Month!

Posted by Jazz on Tuesday February 2nd, 2016

You've probably already spotted it, but if our excited tweets haven't yet reached you: Beetle Boy by M.G. Leonard is this month's Children's Book of the Month in Waterstones! (more…)

Beetle Boy

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 …