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Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
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Aug 21, 2008

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bookshelves: fantasy, paranormal, read-alouds-middle-school, read-in-2008, recommend-for-middle-school-boys, young-adult, reviewed, series-continuing
Read in September, 2008 , read count: 1

I've read a lot of reviews of this book. People seem to love it or hate it. I fall into the love it category, with a few reservations.

Personlly, I enjoyed it as a light and quick read. It was fun and fast-paced.

Professionally, I didn't think it held a lot of classroom value. It has a villian as hero. I think that kids have enough negative role-models without creating new ones. The writing was OK, but not exceptional. The imaginative elements were the best part of this book. I enjoyed the way the commonly accepted ideas were explained in new terms. For instance, I liked the idea that Leprecauns were just a misunderstanding of LEPrecon, a military task force.

Overall, I'd recommend it as a book report title or a free-read option. I would also use it for a high-interest/low level reader in ninth grade or higher. It's a good read for middle-school boys and might interest those who enjoyed the Anthony Horowitz books for their eadventure or Harry Potter for the magic.

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