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  • Published: New York : Hyperion Books For Children, 2001.
  • Year Published: 2001
  • Edition: 1st American ed.
  • Description: 277 p. ; 21 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

Reading Level

  • Lexile: 600

ISBN/Standard Number

  • 0786817070 :
  • 0786817879 :
  • 0786808012 :



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Artemis Fowl

by Colfer, Eoin.

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Call number: Y Fiction / Colfer, Eoin

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When a twelve-year-old evil genius tries to restore his family fortune by capturing a fairy and demanding a ransom in gold, the fairies fight back with magic, technology, and a particularly nasty troll.

Community Reviews

Great Start to the Series

A good jump start to a magnificent series. I would recommend it to anyone looking for an action packed yet light read. The author does stretch the book a little though.

miss banana peel

This whole series blows my mind!

Really good

Artemis is a very interesting character, because he is a mix of bad and good characteristics.
Don't bother to translate the runes across the bottom of the pages.

not as it first appears...

I tried to read (or maybe listen to?) this once, a few years ago - I didn't even get through the first chapter before I gave up. When the 9yo asked me to read it to him, I was not enthusiastic - until Holly entered the book, and I realized the plot is not at all what I thought. Not sure if we'll read more in the series, but I thought it was fun (although a bit too much - gore, villainy, whatever - at times).


some times hard to understand


Not too bad for the first book in the series.

Well worth reading

Although written for teens, adults will also enjoy all Eoin Culfer books. Culfer creates Artemis Fowl as a know-it-all super-smart ultra-rich kid who doesn't face the same limitations as us meer mortals, but this is in part to mock novels that really do create such characters in seriousness.
I love the tough Captain Holly Short and her drive to solve the problems herself, no matter how small she is. I also find the centaur computer geek hilarious.

(By the way, one pronounces Eoin as "Ian.")


This book was one of my favorite books in the Artemis Fowl Series, and I think everyone should read this book.


Great series.


This book is so great cause you don't know who to root for! Artemis the criminal? but from Artemis' point of view he doesn't make the whole concept very criminalish! or Holly the victim who you definitely want to be saved! It is so good that a library in my school ran out of these books cause so many people wanted to read it, and there were 10 copies! It is really good and you have to read it!


This is really good. I was surprised that the main character was a criminal.

Amazing Book

This book combines modern with fairy world, where fairies use technology more advanced than humans. So advanced humans are called "Mud People". Artemis is a boy genius who learns about fairy gold and tries to get some in order to rebuild his family's fortune with it. Unfortunately, the fairies chose to lay siege to his home instead of paying.

Artemis Fowl

Artemis is trying to get back his family fortune--the one his dad destroyed--back and he starts by finding a magical being. Artemis captures a fairy, Holly, and demands her gold. Unfortunately, fairies are much stronger that imagined and fought back with trolls, technology, and bombs.

Possibly My New Favorite Series!

When I first started this book, I thought it was going to be some old book about a boy robbing a bank, but oh, no! definitely not. Artemis Fowl is my new favorite series about deception, adventure, and buff guys mowing down the Mafia in Russia!


This story was really, really interesting and kept me turning pages to see what came next. I'm new to the Artemis Fowl series, but people have been recommending it for years and now I see why. The story involves a race of fairies who live in a maze of tunnels underground, the only place the humans haven't found yet. Artemis Fowl is a 12-year-old criminal mastermind who has one goal: restoring his family name by acquiring lots of wealth. To do this, he will target the fairies and their stash of gold. The story is told from two different viewpoints, so that you can't help but sympathize with the characters on both sides of the conflict. A must-read for fans of fantasy, sci-fi, or fairy tales.

A Must Read

The Artemis Fowl series is awesome, and this book is the best in the series. With most books you know that the side with the main character on it will win, but with this book there is a main character on both sides, so what will happen? It is also nice that one of the main characters is a prodigy, it gets annoying when being smart is often portrayed in books a s being useful, but not as important.


Great book! Not the best in the series, but good enough that I read the rest of the series that are out so far. Interesting


good great

Artemis Fowl

This first book really got me hooked onto this series. It is well done and is a must-read for anyone that enjoys science fiction.

Love this series

The Artemis Fowl series is not only entertaining but extremely cool. It recalls the life of a criminal mastermind and his adventures.

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