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Artemis Fowlby Eoin Colfer
Synopses & Reviews
A genius. A criminal mastermind. A millionaire. And he is only twelve years old.
From a strikingly original new voice in fiction comes the story of Artemis Fowl, a very unusual hero. Artemis combines the astuteness of Sherlock Holmes with the sangfroid of James Bond and the attitude of Attila the Hun. But even Artemis doesn't know what he's taken on when he kidnaps a fairy, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit. These aren't the fairies of bedtime stories. These fairies are armed and they're dangerous. Artemis thinks he's got them just where he wants them, but then they stop playing by the rules...
Full of unexpected twists and turns, Artemis Fowl opens up a riveting world of magic, mystery, and humor.
"Artemis Fowl is great....A new thriller fairy tale that will grab your interest, no matter your age." Liz Smith, New York Post
"An action-packed fantasy. A 12-year-old villain kidnaps a fairy in order to get the fairy gold, but the trolls and gnomes are not the ones from fairy tales; they are armed and dangerous with the most amazing up-to-date gadgets. I just loved the language and vocabulary, and that the author never talks down to kids." Sue Boucher, Lake Forest Book Store, from BookSense 76
"Colfer has done enormously, explosively well....Despite a brave and promising premise, Artemis Fowl is charmless. Nonetheless, young readers may thrill in seeing that the clandestine mysteries of faerie are, like all aspects of our culture, subject to decay in the light of day....What Colfer has done, and very ably, is to pitch a great movie idea. Pure gold, in fact." Gregory Maguire, The New York Times Book Review
A 12-year-old villain--Artemis Fowl--takes on the dangerous world of the fairies in this unforgettable novel, an instant cult classic in the vein of "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" and "Men in Black.
Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl is a millionaire, a genius-and, above all, a criminal mastermind. But even Artemis doesn't know what he's taken on when he kidnaps a fairy, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit. These aren't the fairies of bedtime stories; these fairies are armed and dangerous.
Artemis thinks he has them right where he wants them but then they stop playing by the rules.
Beyond the Door, the first in the Time Out of Time duet from Maureen Doyle McQuerry, weaves a compelling coming-of-age story with fantasy and mythology. With his love of learning and the game of Scrabble, Timothy James feels like the only person who understands him is his older sister, Sarah, and heandrsquo;s fairly certain nothing interesting will ever happen to him. But one night, while his parents and sister are away, the door opens, and mythical creatures appear in his own living room! Soon, a mystery of unparalleled proportions begins to unfold, revealing an age-old battle of Light against Dark, and Timothy must embark on a quest to prevent the Dark from controlling the future and changing the past. But he canandrsquo;t complete the quest alone. Timothy has to team up with his sister and the school bully, Jessica, to face an ancient evil, and in the process, this unlikely trio discover they are each more than meets the eye.
Praise for Time Out of Time
andquot;McQuerryandrsquo;s compelling narrative races forward, immersing the reader in its lyrical mysteries.andquot;
--Booklist, starred review
andquot;McQuerry smoothly blends adventure, coming-of-age, and mystery with a mythological world where special academic and problem-solving talents
are required assets rather than nerd-bait for bullies. The characters are charming, and the quirky, supernatural good guys are compassionate and forgiving.andquot;
andquot;A promising start to a fantasy series mines the rich ore of Celtic mythology and propels a young boy into cosmic battle.andquot;
andquot;A sense of wonder and worry permeates the narrative, evocative of The Dark Is Rising or the work of Neil Gaiman, and the cliffhanger ending will leave readers clamoring for more.andquot;
andquot;Fantasy addicts will find plenty to like in Beyond the Door, and it is beautifully designed with Ogham code (early Irish alphabet) at the bottom of the pages for kids to decipher while they are waiting for the next instalment.andquot;
--School Library Journal
About the Author
Ellen Booraem is the author of The Unnameables and Small Persons with Wings both of which were named Best Books of the Year by Kirkus Reviews. She lives in Maine.
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