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Eoin Colfer

Artemis Fowl

Fiction | Novel | Middle Grade | Published in 2001

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Teacher Introduction

Artemis Fowl

  • Genre: Fiction; middle grade fantasy/adventure
  • Originally Published: 2001
  • Reading Level/Interest: Lexile 600L; grades 5-8
  • Structure/Length: 9 named chapters plus prologue and epilogue; approx. 396 pages; approx. 6 hours, 46 minutes on audio
  • Protagonist and Central Conflict: Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl masterminds a plot to restore his family’s wealth by stealing fairies’ gold. His quest involves decoding a fairy book, kidnapping a fairy named Holly, facing surprising challenges, and learning some valuable lessons on the way.
  • Potential Sensitivity Issues: Violence and abduction; profanity; mental health conditions; alcohol use disorder; use of drugs (sleeping pills) to force compliance without consent

Eoin Colfer, Author

  • Bio: Born in 1965; Irish author known for the Fowl Adventures series, the volumes of which have been consistent bestsellers and translated into more than 40 languages; taught primary school before turning to writing; selected as Ireland’s Children’s Laureate (2014-2016)
  • Other Works: Artemis Fowl and the Arctic Incident (2002); Legend of Spud Murphy (2005); Half Moon Investigations (2006); The Fowl Twins (2019); Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel (2007)
  • Awards: Young Reader’s Choice Award (2004)

CENTRAL THEMES connected and noted throughout this Teaching Guide:

  • Caring for One’s Family and People
  • Destruction Resulting from Human Greed
  • The Blending of Science and Magic

STUDY OBJECTIVES: In accomplishing the components of this Teaching Guide, students will:

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