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Collison Artemis fowl is child of twelve years old who becomes a criminal genius. If in search of a tale of adventure and fantasy, look no further.
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The book begins under the premise of crime family making millions of dollars and the father goes missing. Artemis , the son, launches on a quest for his father. He then encounters the world of the supernatural. He tricks a fairy into giving him the book. The book is of the rules for all fairies. His plan is to to rob the fairies. The underground network of fairies is very sexist. The fairy police force has one experimental female fairy on the force. She is attacked and kidnapped by Artemis.
The whole situation gets out of hand when fairy police procedure involves a biochemical weapon to wipe out signs of human life. Artemis has a secret plan. He doesn't even reveal it to his roommates and co-conspirators which are an armed guard and a little girl. He drugs the girl and he armed guard with a celebratory drink. He then drugs himself. They fall fast asleep. When they awaken, they are still alive. The fairy guidebook dictates that anyone who steals their money and gets away with it has the right to keep fairy gold. Artemis is an enigma. He is the first human ever to survive the biochemical weapon and the first to have full knowledge of the fairies.
Best part of story, including ending: I really liked this story because of the complexity of the characters.

Best scene in story: The scene where Holly ( the female fairy-cop) and Artemis negotiate about the gold is a very intriguing one. It gets Holly nearly fired and injured but she is convinced it was the right thing to do. She is convinced that giving up some the gold will prevent some loss of life.

Opinion about the main character: Artemis is a likeable villain. He is intelligent. He is missing his father. He is a mere boy.

The review of this Book prepared by Sarah Francois a Level 1 Blue Jay scholar

Artemis Fowl is searching for his father intensively because he recieved an email from the Russian Mafiya when he encounters Captain Holly Short. The People (fairies, pixies, goblins, etc.) are holding Artemis responsible for the ilegal trading between the People and the humans. But, he didn't do it. He decides that he will only help them if they help him find his father. They are well aware he may doublecross him, but they agree to help. Their main leads are on a goblin gang that focuses on freeing their goblin brothers from prison.

Meanwhile, company owner Opal Koboi is making weapons for the fairy police and making the current creator of police weapons, Foaly, obsolete and very angry. Her new partner, and ex-fairy police officer is angry about his discharge and wants to get back at the man that took his job away from him: Commander Julius Root.
The review of this Book prepared by Waleed

Artemis Fowl is a 12 year old mastermind.   He lives with his senile mom in a large machine.   A few years ago his dad was captured by the Russian Mafia and is now being held hostage for ransom.   In the first book of the series, Artemis Fowl, comes in contact with the LEP, a group of fairies that live underground near the earths core.   In this book, Artemis has to put aside his pride and beg the LEP to help him rescue his dad from the mob. The LEP kidnapped Artemis and then gave him a chance to explain.   After a little convincing, Holly Short and Commander Root, members of the LEP, decide to help Artemis... on one condition.   To get there help, Artemis has to help them stop a goblin invasion, headed by an evil pixie.   They go to check out the pixie and Butler, Artemis's bodyguard, almost gets killed.   

Next they go to Russia to try to free Artemis's dad.   While they are there, they have to jump onto a moving train to escape an ambush alive, but it doesn't go as smoothly as planned.   In the process of jumping, Holly's finger got cut off, but when both she and Artemis went unconscious, Artemis fell on her, and drained all of her magic.   This made it so that unless she replenished her magic, she would be missing a finger forever, so they jump off the train and plant an acorn to replenish Holly's magic, and she is able to reconnect her finger.   When everyone is rested, then they go and try to free Artemis's dad   

Next, they turn there attention to the evil pixie and her plan to take over the LEP headquarters.   They know that there is only one animal that can help them and he is a dwarf criminal named Mulch.   He helps them break into the evil pixies lab, but Artemis is the only one small enough to access the area they need to get to, to turn off the security, so he has to go into poisonous liquid by himself and try to make it out alive.
The review of this Book prepared by Cloud City

Artemis Fowl and his trusted bodyguard Butler return to find Artemis's father. Years earlier his father's efforts to go legit were thwarted by the Russian Mafia. Lost at sea and presumed dead by everyone, Artemis believes differently and continues the search. He may have just found him.
Unfortunately, his rescue mission may have to be delayed as he is accused by fairy police officer and arch enemy Holly Short of illegally trading in human and fairy technology. But when he is cleared they enlist his help to find the real culprit. If Artemis can help stop the goblin uprising and find out who orchestrated the plot, the fairy police will help him recover his lost father.
That is if they survive the assassination attempts, molten lava, the goblin hordes, and an arctic train ride.
The review of this Book prepared by Shawn Chauvette

Artemis Fowl is a twelve year old criminal mastermind. Thanks to his father the Fowls have lost their billionaire status vitually overnight. Now, Artemis must come up with a scheme ingenius enough to regain the lost money.

So Artemis decides to attempt to steal gold from the fairy people, thanks to the information he got from the internet.
Atemis then tricks a sprite into letting him see its copy of "the book", the book that all fairies must abide by.

With infomation from "the book" Atremis kipnaps Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon police squad, and ransoms her for a ton of fairy gold.
The review of this Book prepared by An Nguyen

Artemis Fowl is a thirteen year old criminal genius from a wealthy family. Artemis has had to maintain that wealth ever since his father disappeared in Russia, and one of his previous schemes to restore the family fortune involved him with a LEPrecon office named, Captain Holly Short, the first female to be accepted on the fairy police force. Despite his seemingly callous attitude toward other people, he hasn't stopped looking for his father, and when he receives a ransom message from the Mafia, he's determined to go to Russia and rescue his father. Due to some unforeseen difficulties, he is forced to enlist his previous opponents, the LEPrecon and their clever but sarcastic technician, Foaly. In exchange, Artemis must find the source of some materials that are being smuggled into the Lower Elements and used for uprisings.      
The review of this Book prepared by Phoenix Rye

Artemis Fowl is a twelve year old genius. His father, a criminal mastermind gone legal, has been kidnapped by the Russian Mafia during his first endeavor to become an honest business man. His ship, tranporting thousands or cans of cola sinks, and the Fowls lost billionaire status.
With his mother in a delirious world, Artemis attempts to regain that money that they lost.
A criminal himself, Artemis manages to get hold of a copy of the fairy book full of their secrets. Using the Book, he finds a way to kidnap Captain Holly Short of the LEP recon unit and hold her in exchange for the LEP's hostage fund. But even Artemis Fowl doesn't know what he's getting himself into.
The review of this Book prepared by Clara

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 24.3%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 32.9%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 24.3%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 18.6% Tone of book    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy story on current Earth Spying & Investigations    -   Yes What is main char. doing?    -   rescue mission/escape from confinement Tech./$$$/Info hunt    -   Yes Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Kid's book (ages 7-14) Family relations    -   Yes If enemy is a group...    -   crime ring    -   foreign govt

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   thief/con artist Age:    -   a kid    -   a teen Really unusual traits?    -   Super genius


Terrain    -   Domed/Underground City Earth setting:    -   current (early 21st century) Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment

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