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Artemis Fowl
by Eoin Colfer
PUBL. RECOMMENDED AGE: 10 and up
LEXILE READING LEVEL: 600L {what is this?}
PUBLISHER: Disney Hyperion
YEAR PUBLISHED: 2001
NO. PAGES: 277
GENRE{S}: Fantasy
MAIN CHARACTER GENDER: Mixed
SERIES: Artemis Fowl
SEQUEL: The Arctic Incident (Artemis Fowl #2)
AWARD{S}:
YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults
ISBN: 0786817070
READ & REVIEWED BY: Eden - StorySnoop


The Story
Artemis Fowl—Book Review

Artemis Fowl is a twelve-year-old genius, who also happens to be the scion of a notorious Irish crime family that has fallen on rough financial times. Artemis' father is missing and presumed dead, so Artemis has taken it upon himself to restore his family's wealth. He and his bodyguard Butler have discovered the existence of fairies, and have succeeded in translating their ancient book of rules. He uses this knowledge to kidnap a fairy, LEPrecon officer Holly Short, with the intention of ransoming her for millions of dollars worth of gold ingot. The fairies use every trick at their disposal to rescue Holly, but can they get one step ahead of the young genius?
The Scoop
Artemis Fowl—Book Review
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This first book in the series introduces readers to a world where high-tech spy gadgets meet fairies, trolls, and dwarves. And all of it swirls around a twelve-year-old evil genius and his military-trained body guard, Butler (who carries a gun). There is a fair amount of violence, but it is mostly human versus fairy people (who are remarkably tough and carry weapons too). While the threat of death is frequent, and the fights are over the top, no characters die. Artemis' father is missing at sea, and his mother appears to be having a nervous breakdown as a result. Even though he excels at illegal activity, Artemis does appear to have a heart, spending half of his ill-gotten gold on a wish to restore his mother's mental health. In the end, both sides are left with a grudging respect for each other, paving the way for future encounters between the worthy adversaries. Language is very mild–just a few uses of "hell" and "damn."
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