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The Bundle at Blackthorpe Heath

Mark Copeland.
Publisher Houghton Mifflin  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 7.25 x 5.25 x 0.85 inches
ISBN 9780618563029
Pages/Publication Date 194/2006
Daedalus Item Code 40775
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Delightfully told and charmingly illustrated, this is the story of what happens when Art, a young bombardier beetle wrangler who has just received a brass telescope for his 12th birthday, inadvertently spots the advance agent for his grandfather's insect circus—a fly—meeting in the dead of night with another agent and a wasp. Mark Copeland pictures this vividly imagined world of circus performers and talking, people-sized insects in old-fashioned drawings that look like engravings, perfectly suiting his late-Victorian storytelling style in this novel for readers 9 to 12.

"Cheerfully tongue-in-cheek, resolutely old-timey, and intensely imaginative, this tale follows a traveling circus through the British countryside.... With the help of his pet ladybug, Rufus; his intrepid friend Daisy ('a most accomplished bareback beetle rider'); and a lovelorn stick insect from Australia, Art investigates and exposes the conspiracy, with the whimsical action extended in frequent line drawings by the author. Colorful, invented insect dialect abounds, circus lore delights, and the final 'bundle' (English slang for fight) between the circus ringmasters is a spectacle indeed. A coda recounts grandfatherly advice for training stag beetles, weevils, and the like."—Booklist

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