Now an original movie on Disney+, here is the book that started it all, the international bestseller about a teenage criminal mastermind and his siege against dangerous, tech-savvy fairies.
Twelve-year-old criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl has discovered a world below ground of armed and dangerous--and extremely high-tech--fairies.
He kidnaps one of them, Holly Short, and holds her for ransom in an effort to restore his family's fortune.
But he may have underestimated the fairies' powers. Is he about to trigger a cross-species war?
PRAISE FOR ARTEMIS FOWLWill grab your interest, no matter what your age. - The New York Post
ENJOY THE ENTIRE ARTEMIS FOWL SERIES
- Artemis Fowl (book 1)
- Artemis Fowl and the Arctic Incident (book 2)
- Artemis Fowl and the Eternity Code (book 3)
- Artemis Fowl and the Opal Deception (book 4)
- Artemis Fowl and the Lost Colony (book 5)
- Artemis Fowl and the Time Paradox (book 6)
- Artemis Fowl and the Atlantis Complex (book 7)
- Artemis Fowl and the Last Guardian (book 8)
- ISBN-13: 9780786808014
- ISBN-10: 0786808012
- Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
- Publish Date: May 2001
- Dimensions: 8.26 x 5.58 x 1.11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.95 pounds
- Page Count: 288
- Reading Level: Ages 10-13
Fairies and Goblins and Trolls, O My!
Well . . . it's different! And it's a lot of fun. We are definitely not in Kansas. We are, however, "at the dawn of the twenty-first century" in North Dublin, where we meet Master Artemis Fowl. He is descended from a long line of legendary lawbreakers and is a criminal mastermind himself. He is a kidnapper, a conniver, a computer genius . . . and he loves his mother. He is 12-years-old.
His father is missing, his mother is temporarily out of her head with grief, and that leaves Artemis out of school and free to skedaddle about the globe with his trusty, bonded-to-him-for-life manservant, Butler (an avid Guns and Ammo reader), on a spree to refill the family coffers with fairy gold, thereby restoring the Fowl family fortune to its billionaire status, a status that was plunged into jeopardy by his father's bad investments and involvement with the Russian Mafia just before his ship was blown to bits along with Butler's uncle and 250,000 cans of cola. Whew! Let me catch my breath.
Enter Holly Short (the kidnappee), generally known as a fairy, technically an elf, also a leprechaun, "but that was just a job." Holly is a renegade member of LEPrecon, an elite branch of the Lower Elements Police. Fairies, trolls, goblins, gnomes, sprites and pixies live a rich underground life all around the globe, their existence unbeknownst to humans. But Artemis has discovered the People (such a precocious lad) and has cracked their code. He knows secrets. He devises a plan that could "topple civilizations and plunge the planet into a cross-species war."
Does he do it? Do Holly and her crack team of commandos curb Artemis Fowl? Do we all wake up in the morning? The cantankerous cast of characters includes a troll with a monumental case of flatulence and more high-tech gadgets than a dozen James Bond movies. This is a raucous romp through Irishman Eoin Colfer's imaginative world, where ulterior motives are the order of the day and we are promised that this spectacle will continue "across several decades" (and a movie in 2002) and that our anti-hero will continue to win some, lose some, but always come back for more, "after eighteen solid hours of sleep and a light continental breakfast."
Deborah Wiles' first two books for children, Freedom Summer and Love, Ruby Lavender, were published this spring.