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Artemis Fowl
by Eoin Colfer (more about Eoin Colfer) 965/518 first published 2001
Fantasy and Magic for ages 8 to 99 published by Viking
Available from:  Amazon.co.uk
* £8.99, 
Mrs Mad's humble opinion
10/10 Excellent work. Well done!
What's it about?
Artemis Fowl is a brilliant criminal mastermind, and only twelve years old!
What happens?
After the disappearance of his father, twelve-year-old Artemis takes over as head of the family business. He forms a wicked plan to kidnap a fairy, one of the 'People', and demand a ransom. But the fairies stop playing by the rules and the tables are turned.
Is it easy to read?
This is an absolutely brilliant book: clever, original and funny. There's a sequel on the way and I hope he will write many more about Artemis and the 'People'. I particularly liked Mulch Diggums the kleptomaniac dwarf and his unusual method of housebreaking. Anyone who likes a laugh and books about magic will love this, but don't be misled by those who say it's like Harry Potter, it's very different - but just as good! Read this book - it needs no comparisons.
Anything else?
Easy to read for an independent reader and suitable for everyone. Boys will like Artemis the anti-hero and characters like Mulch Diggums, and for girls there's Holly Short the Leprecon captain. Shortlisted for the 2001 Whitbread Children's Book of the Year.
Other books by Eoin Colfer include Artemis Fowl The Eternity Code, Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident.
Who says so?
This review by Mrs Mad.
The publisher reckons...
Twelve-year-old villain, Artemis Fowl, is the most ingenious criminal mastermind in history. His bold and daring plan is to hold a leprechaun to ransom. But he's taking on more than he bargained for when he kidnaps Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon (Lower Elements Police Reconnaissance Unit). For a start, leprechaun technology is more advanced than our own. Add to that the fact that Holly is a true heroine and that her senior officer Commander Root will stop at nothing to get her back and you've got the mother of all sieges brewing! If you had to describe this book in one sentence, then it would have to be: Artemis Fowl - Die Hard with fairies.
And what do you think?
Andrew Dwyer, St. Marys Hamilton
What Happens? 12 year old Artemis Fowl is a brilliant criminal mastermind. Since his father had gone missing he has become the head of the family. He plots to capture a fairy called Holly Short from the LEPrecon (Lower Elements Police Reconnaissance). Eas
Claudia Flavell, Spratton Hall School, Northampton
I thought this book was fabulous because it was really funny and I love funny stuff. My grandad really likes funny books so he kept kniking it off me.
Jessica, Croydon
I loved this book because it is amazing, and at the end everything comes together. Its not confusing at all and I found it impossible to put down.
Kelly, Camden High School
Rating: 10/10 This book rules!!!!!! It is really funny and cool! My favourite characters were Foaly, Root and Mulch. The book is about Artemis Fowl, a twelve-year-old criminal mastermind who has set out to reclaim his family's fortune as before his dad we
Kieran, Wonthaggi
I loved the book! It was written in a way that could make anyone enjoy it. The Language of the people is very mysterious, I have taught myself to read and write it! Foaly was my Favorite charater, he was witty and funny at the same time. The descriptions
Susan Harrison, Amazon.co.uk Amazon.co.uk
Eion Colfer, author of Artemis Fowl, describes his creation as "Die Hard with fairies". He's not far wrong. Artemis Fowl is the most ingenious criminal mastermind in history and with his trusty sidekicks, Butler and Juliet, in tow he hatches a cunning p
William Hanson, Clifton College Bristol
Artemis Fowl is a brilliant book about a twelve year old boy master mind who has to retrive the book of the faires. His Butler is trained in marshall arts and he helps Artemis along the way.
Pasty-faced mud weasel, Southampton
Artemis Fowl is brilliantly funny with a great storyline that will keep you spellbound right up to the last page and the second one is even better! Almost, if not just as good as Harry Potter. 10/10.
Richard Bennett, Court Moor School, Fleet, Hampshire
"Artemis Fowl" starts off very strange and boring, but after a few chapters it gets more interesting. It is about a 12 year-old boy mastermind called Artemis Fowl. Using the internet he discovers that fairies are real. He meets one, and copies her Book. T More...
Terri, Holywells high school
I have not read this book but I would
peter, artic
hi, i love artimis fowl it is soooooo kool!
Julie Church, The Grove Junior, Harpenden
This book is very exciting with so much going on i couldn"t put it down! Artemis Fowl, a criminal mastermind aged:12, plots to make a fortune in fairy gold. He kidnaps Captain Holly Short, a Elf/fairy police officer and upsets the L.E.P. I recommend this More...
Jessica, Cort Moor School
Artemis Fowl, the ingenious criminal mastermind has gone to far when he captures the fairy LEP recon officer holly short, a very humerous story, I would say it was better than harry Potter
Bradley Albury, Hope Town, Abaco, Bahamas
This book is the best modern book I have ever read. I usually read classics like "The Illiad" but when I read the first paragraph I couldn't put it down. Eoin Colfer's form of writing is awesome. I cracked the code on the second day and have enjoyed the b More...
Matthew Wigley, waimate high school
I think this book is great and think that the fact that if you translate the writing at the bottom of the page using page 26 and 27 it will tell you the plot to the next book. t= the octagon h= the box that looks a bit like a microchip, e is harder and is More...
nicola, broughton c.e. primary school
Artemis Fowl is a 12 year-old boy. When he captures a recon faiy captin and holds her as captive, artemis doesn"t know but if he does let her go he will create a interspices war. I liked the book because it is funny, adventureous and makes you want t More...
mickey, wappers
this book is wik i giv it 10/10!!! it"s about artemis and butler and holly short .this book is about a BIO BOMB and artemis is not afriad to use it agast the faries!!!
Hal, Dubai
This story is the best and 2 and 3 are amazing but this one"s the best coz there"s quite a bit of blood and gore in it which is really cool. It virtually about a 12-year-old boy who is a criminal mastermind. He finds there are fairys, dwarfs, goblins and More...
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