Colfer, Eoin. 2001. Artemis Fowl. NY: Scholastic Inc. ISBN: 9780786808014.
Artemis Fowl the Second is a twelve-year-old prodigy, criminal mastermind and heir of the Ireland’s Fowl Empire crime family. After the disappearance of his father Artemis Fowl I and the loss of the family fortune to a failed trade attempt with Russia, Artemis II is determined to replenish the family’s fortune and after a great deal of research has discovered the existence of fairies (a.k.a. the People) the their magic. After persuading a fairy found in Vietnam with the help his bodyguard Butler, Artemis obtains a copy of The Book of the People, the fairy’s book of magic, and cracks the gnomimish code with a computer program. However, his plan to steal the People’s gold isn’t strong enough and kidnaps Holly Short, the first female elf to work for LEPrecon (Lower Elements Police Reconnaissance) Unit and hold her for ransom. The actions that ensue as the People attempt to save Holly and their gold from Artemis bring to mind an adventure of James Bond with the innovative use of technological gadgets and is mixed with a great sense of humor. As the story comes to end with the threat of the fairy’s Bio-Bomb that will destroy all biological life in the Fowl Manor, readers will come to realize that the anti-hero Artemis has his flaws like everyone else and chooses to save his family in exchange for the ransom gold. An excellent chose for readers who search for a mixture of technological adventure and a bit of fantasy.
*Continue to follow Artemis Fowl on his adventures with: Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident, Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code, Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception, and Artemis Fowl: The Lost Colony.
*The 6th book in the Artemis Fowl Series – Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox – is set to release July 15, 2008*