Maya Gabrielle a.k.a. M.G.Leonard

Maya has a degree in English Literature and an MA in Shakespeare Studies from Kings College London. She currently works at the National Theatre as Senior Digital Producer. Maya has trained as an actor and tried her hand at directing and producing before writing her own stories.
Twitter: @MGLnrd

Beetle Boy (nominated for the Branford Boase Award 2017, longlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2017, shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2017)

The Chicken House (three book deal)
Published March 2016
Kirsty McLachlan, David Godwin Associates
Mentored by Imogen Cooper
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 an alarming interest in insects. A darkly hilarious adventure full of exotic beetles, daring schemes, and true friendship.
Filled with dastardly villains and plucky children, ‘Beetle Boy’ is reminiscent of classic children’s books such as ‘One Hundred and One Dalmatians’ and ‘Paddington’ but roots itself firmly in the 21st century. I loved it.
Charlotte Eyre, The Bookseller