The Bundle at Blackthorpe Heath by Mark Copeland

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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!

About Mark Copeland

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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.”
Published June 26, 2006 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 208 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Why bother with flea circuses when elephant-sized trained snails and stag beetles are eager to perform under the big top to rhythms beaten out by honeybee drummers, while clowns with frisky pill-bug companions provoke shouts of laughter from the crowds?

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The chapters alternate between the more suspenseful episodes of Rufus trailing the traitorous Seth, and those of Art and his human pal Daisy as they cope with such hazards as loosened tightropes, and try to figure out the significance of the Flying Geminis' breakup (which is tied to the wasp-tame...

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In Art's world a wasp sting can be life-threatening, and Art's grandpa has never had wasps in his circus.

Jun 26 2006 | Read Full Review of The Bundle at Blackthorpe Heath

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