Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer, Hyperion Books for Children, 114 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York, 10011-5690. ISBN: 0-7868-0801-2.
This extraordinary tale of a child prodigy Artemis Fowl, is set at the dawn of the twenty-first century and has a modern twist on fairies. They fly, yes, but they also have high tech weapons and flying machines. Because it is well known that fairies have plenty of gold, Artemis attempts to satisfy his greed for money by kidnapping the fairy, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit, in order to find the secret place where their enormous amount of gold is held. He underestimated the power of the fairies when he kidnaps Captain Holly Short which causes the entire LEPrecon Unit to be driven into action to retrieve their captive friend.
Though there exists in the story the classic struggle between good and evil, this is not your typical fairy tale. There are dark twists in this mysterious story and it is filled with magic and imagination. This intelligently written book is targeted to ages 10-14 and is on many school book lists this year. There is a film in the making by Miramax, so we will see fairies on the big screen!