“Nguyen was by now thoroughly spooked. Artemis generally had the effect on people. A pale adolescent speaking with the authority and vocabulary of a powerful adult. Nguyen had heard the name Fowl before—who hadn’t in the international underworld?—but he’d assumed he’d be dealing with Artemis senior, not this boy. Though the word “boy” hardly seemed to do this gaunt individual justice” (Colfer, 2001, p.5).
Artemis Fowl is twelve years old. He’s also a child prodigy and the most ingenious criminal mastermind in history. After discovering that fairies exist, Artemis sets out to kidnap one in order to collect a ransom of gold from the other fairyfolk. Unfortunately for Artemis, however, the fairy he kidnaps turns out to be a member of the LEPrecon, the Lower Elements Police Reconnaissance unit. Artemis must face a team of satyrs, trolls, dwarfs, and fairies determined to get her back.
A public librarian working in a library with a large children’s room recommended this book to me when I asked what books her tween patrons are loving. Well,it’s clear why tweens are loving Artemis Fowl! Artemis Fowl, the first in a series, is a highly imaginative novel. Readers will be fascinated by the book’s main character, Artemis, a brilliant twelve-year-old criminal mastermind. Its otherworldly characters (fairies, trolls, centaurs, ect.) will appear to fantasy and science fiction fans. However, the fast-paced plot will appeal to action and adventure fans as well. Overall, Colfer’s Artemis Fowl series will definitely capture the attention of tween readers.
Reading/interest level: ages 9 and up
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