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Artemis Fowlby Eoin Colfer
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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.
In a world where animals no longer exist, twelve-year-old Kester Jaynes sometimes feels like he hardly exists either. Locked away in a home for troubled children, he's told there's something wrong with him. So when he meets a flock of talking pigeons and a bossy cockroach, Kester thinks he's finally gone crazy. But the animals have something to say. And they need him. The pigeons fly Kester to a wild place where the last creatures in the land have survived. A wise stag needs Kester's help, and together they must embark on a great journey, joined along the way by an overenthusiastic wolf cub, a military-trained cockroach, a mouse with a ritual for everything, and a stubborn girl named Polly. The animals saved Kester Jaynes. But can Kester save the animals?
Perpetual scaredy-cat Conor O'Neill has the fright of his life when a banshee girl named Ashling shows up in his bedroom. Ashling is--as all banshees are--a harbinger of death, but she's new at this banshee business, and first she insists on going to middle school. As Conor attempts to hide her identity from his teachers, he realizes he's going to have to pay a visit to the underworld if he wants to keep his family safe.
"Got your cell?"
"Yeah . . . . Don't see what good it'll do me."
"I'll text you if anything happens that you should know."
"Text me? Javier, we'll be in the afterlife."
"You never know. Maybe they get a signal."
Discover why Kirkus has called Booraem's work "utterly original American fantasy . . . frequently hysterical." This totally fresh take on the afterlife combines the kid next door appeal of Percy Jackson with the snark of Artemis Fowl and the heart of a true middle grade classic.
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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