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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 - 9
  • Lexile Measure: 610L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 277 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (May 6, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786808551
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786808557
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (473 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews Review

Eoin Colfer's bestselling antihero is back in Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident--the superb sequel to the hyper-hyped Artemis Fowl, shortlisted for the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year. The Arctic Incident sees the slightly older, perhaps slightly more mellow arch-criminal Artemis recovered from his last adventure, richer now that he has his half of a hoard of fairy gold, and happier since the Clarice Starlingesque superfairy Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon returned his mother's ailing mind to full health.

But there is still much unfinished business: Artemis Fowl Sr. disappeared when a daring escapade designed to free his family from their criminal--not to mention deeply lucrative--past and move the family's assets into legitimate enterprises went horribly wrong. Held captive by the Mafiya (the Russian organized crime syndicate) for over two years, he has been declared officially dead, but Artemis Jr. knows in his heart (yes, he does have one) that his beloved father is still alive, and he is determined to find him. Meanwhile Captain Short is temporarily on assignment to Customs and Excise as punishment for letting Fowl separate her and her People from their gold and is finding her stakeout duties a little dull. It soon becomes obvious that the pair have need of each other's considerable skills, and before long they are on track for an adventure that will ultimately have far-reaching consequences for both of them.

If you enjoyed the first book, you won't be disappointed by the second. Initially the pace is a little slower, and the slightly more mellow Artemis is certainly a tad unnerving at first (particularly as one of the things that made him such an unusual character was the fact that there was something distinctly unlikable about him), but once the sparks between Holly and Artemis begin to fly, and the adventure that tests their endurance to their emotional, physical, and intellectual limits begins, the pages just keep on turning.

The high-tech hocus pocus, the complex underworld, and the James Bond-style storyline will keep even the most reluctant reader enthralled. Add to the mix a fair dollop of humor, the occasional sprinkling of right-on commentary about the state of the planet, and enough hooks in the story to ensure you will be clamoring for the next book. This chilling, thrilling adventure is a seriously cool (in more ways than one!) must-read for anyone age 9 and older. --Susan Harrison

From Publishers Weekly

Rocketing readers back into a world of modern fairies (they pack heat and wear motorized wings), Colfer here reunites 13-year-old antihero Artemis with his former kidnap victim, Captain Holly Short, an elf officer with the LEPrecon (Lower Elements Police Reconnaissance) squad. As the erstwhile arch enemies join forces to squelch a power-hungry pixie's coup attempt in one world and to rescue Artemis's long-missing father in another (he's being held for ransom by the Russian Mafiya), the boy proves he has a heart after all, even as he builds his reputation as a world-class criminal mastermind. Once again, the roller coaster of a plot introduces a host of high jinks and high-tech weaponry as Colfer blends derring-do with snappy prose ("The broad grin disappeared like a fox down a hole") and repartee ("Hey, Mulch, if you listen really hard you can just about make out the sound of nobody giving a hoot"). The resulting fantasy hosts memorable characters, many of whom (such as the flatulent dwarf Mulch Diggums) reprise roles that helped attract fans to the first adventure. The author ratchets up the body count in this return engagement (perhaps too steeply for some tastes), and the high-concept premise may be a tad slick for others, but Colfer's finger is firmly on the pulse of his target market, and along with extra helpings of sly humor ("The sprite's breathing calmed, and a healthy green tinge started to return to his cheeks") he delivers a cracking good read. Ages 10-up.
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Customer Reviews

I started reading the first book and I loved it.
The book is still filled with plot twists, action, adventure, mystery, and even some comedy all thrown together into one book by the author Eoin Colfer.
Teh Tortle
This series is looking great, and I am already eager to read the next book.
Sebastian Fernandez

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Nancy E. on July 4, 2002
Format: Hardcover
... then you'll love the second.
In this book Artemis Fowl, a thirteen year old criminal mastermind is on year older and one year wiser. He is living in an Irish boarding school when he receives a message about the man he thought he'd never see again, his father Artemis Fowl Senior. Meanwhile Captain Holly Short and Commander Root of the LEPrecon forces face a huge problem when they discover that goblins, one of the stupidest forms or fairy, have been receiving human help and are turning into a threat in the fairy world. Artemis, Butler, and the fairies are once again thrown together, but this time under different circumstances. They make a deal, if Artemis helps them with their problem, they'll help him find his father. Easy right? Well, if you think that you could be no further from the truth. The goblin's scheme is more complicated than anyone would have guessed. Artemis and co. soon find themselves fighting for their lives.
While I loved the first book, Artemis Fowl, I was blown away by the second. Eoin Colfer proves what a talented author he really is with the wonderfully three-dimensional and original characters you find in this book. Like the first book it was suspenseful, action packed, and very comedic. Unlike the first book you get to see Artemis use his powers for good and play the hero for once, something that Artemis isn't too keen on. If you're a fan of the first book in the series I highly recommend reading the second. The Arctic Incident is a prime example of why kids fantasy is such a great genre.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on July 22, 2002
Format: Hardcover
It brings a whole new side to Artemis Fowl. Eoin Colfer proves what a talented author he really is with the wonderful and original characters you find in this book. Like the first, it is suspenseful, action packed, and fun. Here you get to see Artemis use his powers for good and play the hero! If you're a fan of the first book I recommend it. I also cannot recommend enough that you read The Price of Immortality by C.M. Whitlock. you should be probably 14 or older to read it. back to Artemis, I see it gving Harry potter a run for his money.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 25, 2002
Format: Hardcover
If you want to be thrilled and have an adrenalin rush, but unfortunately you've been grounded for "something you didn't do" and can't use the TV to watch a Bond movie, maybe you should pick up a book. I suggest you pick up Artemis Fowl, then for an extra adrenalin rush read Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident
Child criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl is back with a whole new adventure! His fortune is slightly bigger because in the past year he outsmarted the LEPrecon - the Lower Elements Police recon, an elite team of fairies, pixies, sprites and other magical lower element folk. They are responsible for keeping Heaven City, the last place that man hasn't taken over, safe. Even with their futuristic high-tech equipment Artemis still outsmarted them and got his hands on some fairy gold. Anyways, this story starts off when Artemis gets sent to a boarding school, where he gets an urgent video e-mail from the Russian mafia. The screen shows a man Artemis never thought he'd ever see again... his father, Artemis Fowl senior. Artemis figured that the Russian mafia kidnapped his father. Artemis is determined to rescue his father, but it is not going to be an easy task. Meanwhile, the LEP were having troubles of their own. Someone was providing goblins with softnose lasers, which could be dangerous. So Artemis makes a deal with the LEP that if he helps them with their crisis against the goblins, they would help him rescue his father. Can Artemis help the LEP and rescue his father? You'll just have to find out yourself.
I thought this book was awesome!!! It had all the ingredients of a great book: there was comedy, loads of action, it was interesting, a good plot, fairies and other folk, romance (just kidding) and plenty of high-tech gadgets.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Richards HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 6, 2004
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Having eaten my way through the first book like a dwarf burrowing through loosely-packed earth, I found this one slightly slower going. My new favorite genius-millionaire-criminal mastermind is now a teenager and he's not as tough and full of brass as he was in book one.

Cut him some slack though, his mommy's back to normal, and ready to start trying to control his life, and he's just discovered that his dad is still alive, and being held for ransom by the Russian Mafiya in a nuclear submarine graveyard. Even geniuses have their limits.

Captain Holly Short isn't having a good time either. After Artemis successfully procured half of the Recon ransom fund in book one, she's been given a "time-out" doing stakeouts for smugglers for the Customs and Excise Department. It seems that someone is organizing the dim-witted goblins to do some good old fashioned gun running, and of course, our intrepid heroine lands herself in the middle of the melee.

Opal Koboi is a new character, a pixie with talents to rival the resident geek Foaly the Centaur, and has absolutely no scruples whatsoever.

Someone has been re-engineering laser guns to work with regular AA batteries, and Holly feels that Artemis is involved. Artemis would rather get along with the process of rescuing his father, but after an interrogation proves Holly incorrect, they team up as an unlikely pair of secret agents to solve both problems.

What follows is action galore, as the book accelerates to warp speed, and even Artemis is forced to be a hero, albeit a puny little one. Each of our favorite characters from book one takes center stage at one time or the other and even Mulch becomes a leading dwarf with a pivotal role.
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