The Bundle at Blackthorpe Heath

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It’s Art’s birthday, and he receives a brass spyglass from his grandfather, the respected insect circus ringmaster Sir Henry Piper. No sooner than his grandfather tells him to use the spyglass for only good purposes (no spying!), Art accidentally sees something he shouldn’t . . .

Enter a world of incredible delight and mischievous mystery, where snails, beetles, and bees make up one of the greatest spectacles on earth. Where humans and insects share the circus ring as friends and colleagues. And where a boy and a girl—with a little help from a pet ladybug—try to prevent one of the biggest bundles to hit the traveling insect circus circuit in years!

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Mark Copeland was born in the famous beetle-racing town of Epsom, Surrey, England. In the winter months, he likes to spend his time indoors, painting, writing, and making things. But when the summer comes, in company with his wife, Sarah, he tours the country entertaining the public with his “Grand Travelling Insect Circus Museum and Peep-Show Mechanical Menagerie.”

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Grade 4-6–Welcome to Piper's traveling insect circus where Art, 12, and his friend Daisy share the big top with Rufus the ladybug, Horatio the stag beetle, and wood lice Bob and Curly. Imagine Art's dismay when he catches their agent, a fly, conspiring with a wasp. Wasps, the Voldemorts of the insect community, always spell trouble, but the two children unravel the entomological conspiracy with satisfactory results. Quaint insect-circus books set in the English countryside don't surface every day, and Copeland's light adventure will entertain readers. Ostensibly set in the late 19th century, the story strikes a charming balance of mystery, drama, and the allure of insect-circus life. Children will enjoy the author's tongue-twisting conventions: flies use unorthodox grammar (I've just thinked of something), and snails can't pronounce s's (ath thure as thnailth eggth). While Americans might pause at the title (a bundle is a fight), the eclectic cast keeps the pages turning in spite of insect and circus vocabulary, helped along by Copeland's pen-and-ink drawings of this unique world. Even if insects elicit the screech/squash instinct, this gentle idyll will make readers smile.–Caitlin Augusta, The Darien Library, CT
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