Is it too early to "remember" Artemis Fowl? A coworker brought Artemis out for a young reader who wanted fantasy AND adventure all rolled into one. And I remembered the total rush of WOW! that I experienced when I read the first book. (BTW, what happened to the movie plans?)
Artemis is your typical evil- genius- with- a- soul. Heir to a multi-million dollar criminal empire, Artemis must save his father from kidnappers. His mother is lost in a haze of depression. Their money is inaccessible to Artemis so he decides to steal a hoard of fairy gold.
Yep. He's Irish - in Ireland - where caches of fairy gold are rumored to abound. Oh, Artemis, you know not what you are about to unleash. Those "little folk" live in the 21st century and they have the technology to prove it.
Gosh, I L.O.V.E. these books. It is time to re-read them.
Eoin Colfer has a several other books to his credit. He has just started a new series, W.A.R.P., that features a time traveler from the Victoria era who is swept up into an intelligence nightmare. Be still, my reader's heart.