Twelve-year-old criminal mastermind, Artemis Fowl, hatches an ingenious plot to steal all the gold in fairy land. Although a little dubious about the plan – indeed not even quite believing in the existence of fairies – his trusty bodyguard and companion, Butler, is on hand to help. However, they have not reckoned on Captain Holly Short, who as first female officer in the Lower Elements Police Reconnaissance unit, or LEPrecon, has much to prove. When she is kidnapped by Artemis, she is determined to stand her ground and protect the fairy secrets.
This hilarious and exciting adventure story is a deserving favourite with young readers. The unscrupulous Artemis Fowl is such a likable character that you will almost will him to succeed in his dastardly schemes – whilst also rooting for the bold Captain Holly. Colfer’s explanations of the structure and technology of his spin on fairy land are absolutely believable, creating an amusing and highly imaginative vision of fairies, dwarves and trolls that is just right for 21st century readers.
Interest age: 8-12+
Reading age: 10+
Themes explored include: adventure, magic, change of power – necessity, chaos and order, convention and rebellion, good versus bad, greed as downfall, heroism – real and perceived, power and corruption, temptation and destruction,