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The Burying Beetle

(2005)
(The first book in the Gussie series)
A novel by

 
 
It was after I ate King that everything started to go wrong in our entire family, as if someone had put an evil spell onto us, a hex - like a bad fairy godmother had said at my birth, when you are eleven you are going to be struck by a sorrow so big it will be like a lightning bolt. There will be grief like a sharp rock in your throat. Twelve-year-old Gussie was born with a rare, life-threatening heart disease, but it hasn't hampered her curiosity. When she reads about the Burying Beetle, which has the unusual habit of burying dead birds, mice, and other small animals by digging away the earth beneath them, it becomes her mission to find one. As she searches the Cornish coast for the elusive insect, Gussie learns be like the Burying Beetle, to bury things past and to live.

Genre: Young Adult Fiction

Praise for this book

"Atmospheric and beguilling." - Helen Dunmore


Used availability for Ann Kelley's The Burying Beetle

Paperback Editions

July 2005 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Burying Beetle
Author(s): Ann Kelley
ISBN: 1-905222-08-4 / 978-1-905222-08-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Luath Press Ltd
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


May 2005 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Burying Beetle
Author(s): Ann Kelley
ISBN: 1-84282-099-0 / 978-1-84282-099-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Luath Press Ltd
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Kindle Editions

September 2013 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Burying Beetle (Gussie Book 1)
Author(s): Ann Kelley
Publisher: Luath Press
Availability: Amazon UK