Artemis Fowl

Colfer, Eoin. Artemis Fowl. New York: Hyperion Paperbacks for Children, 2001.
ISBN: 0786817070
$7.99 pbk.

Reader’s Annotation:
Artemis Fowl is a young, rich, criminal mastermind that has just found a new source of plunder in the magical realm.

Who is Artemis Fowl? Perhaps it’s best to start with the facts. He is twelve years old. He comes from a very wealthy family with a criminal background. He is very intelligent. He is very greedy. These qualities paint a picture of a very well off if slightly off kilter young boy. None of these qualities explain why he is enemy number one of all fairies. Perhaps the fairies explain it best in the chapter entitled, “Translation,” on page 19:

Artemis was perhaps the only person alive who could take full advantage of his recent acquisition. He still retained a childlike belief in magic, tempered by an adult determination to exploit it. It there was anybody capable of relieving the fairies of some of their magical gold, it was Artemis Fowl the Second.

Through the fairies we learn about Artemis Fowl, but even they do not fully understand their arch enemy. The only way to fully understand Artemis is to follow along on his hair brain scheme to steal fairy gold. Will Artemis Fowl be the first to dip into the fairies’ rich treasure trove or will centuries of magic win out? The only way to find out is to take part in the adventure.

New York Times Bestseller
School Library Journal reviewed Dec. 1 2004 & May 1, 2001
Library Journal reviewed July 15, 2001
Booklist reviewed April 15, 2001.

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