Artemis Fowl : The Arctic Incident

Eoin Colfer
Interest Level: 6-8
Reading Level: 6.2
Lexile 610
Guided reading level X
My Recommended Age: 11 and Up

Now that his mother has recovered, Artemis must save his beloved father who is assumed to be dead. Artemis believes his father is being held hostage in the wastelands of the Arctic. Unfortunately, he meets up with Holly on the way.

Down in the underground world, chaos has arisen. An unknown traitor has stolen forbidden weapons and armed a horde of trolls, setting them loose to wreak havoc on the citizens. Captain Holly Short believes Artemis is behind the attack, and sets off for revenge by kidnapping him, just as he once kidnapped her. But soon she learns that Artemis isn't behind the chaos, and if she's to have any hope of stopping it, she will need his help.

When I finished Artemis Fowl 1, my first question was, "should I like these books?"  In the first, Artemis may not be the best example for our 12 year old boys, but he is extremely entertaining and clever.  With this is mind, I started the second and loved how Artemis's character developed.  His conscious is just starting to appear and it is so fun to read. 

Although there is nothing offensive or inappropriate, let it just be said that Artemis's Father is captured by the Russian Mafia and there are many non-descript references to the horrible things the Mafia can and will do.  Once again there is mild profanity, not overwhelming but present.  Also, it may offend some that these trolls are referred to as brain-less, mind-less, empty-headed and so forth.  This does not bother me at all and I actually found this added to the humor.  As with Artemis Fowl 1, Mulch, the dwarf, returns with his "toxic tunneling excavation waste"...something that should gross me out, but which I found very funny.

This is a great improvement on the first and both myself and my 12 year old son can't wait for the next one!

Happy Reading

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