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Colfer, Eoin.
New York : Hyperion Books for Children, 2001.
IL 5-8, RL 6.7
ISBN 0786808012
(4 booktalks)
Booktalk #1

The author describes this book as "Die Hard with Fairies" and it is a first in a series.

The reader will discover that these are high-tech fairies and the book is action-packed and filled with 21st century gadgets. Artemis Fowl is from a legendary crime family. He seems to be almost completely evil, but maybe he does care about his crazy mother who is locked in a bedroom upstairs in the family mansion. Yes, he is rich, but he wants more, so he kidnaps the leprechaun, Holly Short. He wants the gold, but he also wants to have a wish granted. What will he do with the gold and what is his wish?

Karen Kargel  (Colorado Blue Spruce Children's Award)

Booktalk #2

"Stay back, human. You don't know what you're dealing with."

But, Artemis does know! Artemis Fowl, a millionaire, genius 12-year-old criminal mastermind, has stolen the secrets of the fairies. He knows their history, magic and rules.

And now Artemis has kidnapped Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit. He plans to exchange her for gold . . . lots of gold.

But Holly's Commander isn't going to take this sitting down. Artemis Fowl and his Butler are up against and entire unit of armed and dangerous fairies.

Kathy Preller  (Colorado Blue Spruce Children's Award)

Booktalk #3

Artemis Fowl, Jr. is a genius. He is studying law and medicine, he's a computer expert and can crack any code created. He is a criminal mastermind. And he is only 12 years old.
                    Artemis Fowl, Sr. has disappeared and is presumed dead. His disappearance has driven his wife insane. To add insult to injury, much of the family's millions disappeared with the elder Mr. Fowl. Artemis decides that he will rebuild the family fortune to its former glory.
                    After a lucky find and months of research, Artemis is ready to put his plan into action - capturing a fairy so he can have its gold.
                    He succeeds! Or does he? He has captured Captain Holly Short, a member of the elite Fairy Police Force.  He plans to exchange her for fairy gold, lots of it, but he is up against armed and dangerous fairies, trolls, and centaurs, not to mention Holly Short herself. His only defense is his brilliant mind and his bodyguard, Butler. He wants the gold AND one wish, read "Artemis Fowl" to find out exactly what he gets.
                    If you enjoy this novel, then read the further adventures of Artemis Fowl in his second book, "The Arctic Incident", and the latest in the series, "The Eternity Code".  (Kaline Goodrich,

Booktalk #4

Fairies with laser guns and electronics? Absolutely. The criminal mastermind, 12-year-old Artemis Fowl, has cracked the fairy code and has quickly learned their secrets. He has managed to capture Fairy Captain Holly Short, whom he is holding hostage. Gold at the end of the rainbow? Bah, humbug. Artemis is holding out for ransom…a very lucrative sum from the fairy hostage fund. The wee people still have a few tricks up their small sleeves…Artemis is about to meet a crazed and very dangerous troll. Artemis Fowl puts an edgy and fun spin on fantasy. This is not your momma’s fairy tale book.  (Melissa Bowman,, Armstrong Middle School)

SUBJECTS:     Fairies -- Fiction.
                        Kidnapping -- Fiction.
                        Magic -- Fiction.
                        Mothers and sons -- Fiction.
                        England -- Fiction.


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