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Artemis Fowl
( by Eoin Colfer, Hyperion $24 Score: )

Promoted as the next Harry Potter, Artemis Fowl has many of the same elements that attracted HP readers--but with notable differences. Twelve-year-old Artemis is not an innocent; he comes from a long line of criminals and his mission is to capture all the gold from the underground world of leprechauns, fairies, and goblins. The magic of the underworld is different from Hogwarts'. Artemis's world is not as richly drawn as Harry Potter's but it is an entertaining, fast read. The mental illness of Artemis's mother resolves itself but makes this an inappropriate and unsettling read for kids 9 & under. Since our original review this has grown into a series and is now available in a boxed set.

Age: Later School Years, Tweens. Review Published: Click here to purchase the product on

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