Irish Children's Laureate Eoin Colfer has created a lovable rogue in Artemis Fowl. Artemis is dodgy but he is charming, like all of literature's most compelling villains. Recommended age 10 and over for this series it will have broad appeal.
Just twelve years old and already he's a criminal genius, plotting to restore his family's fortune with a spot of corruption and kidnapping.
Kidnapping a fairy for ransom, to be precise.
Artemis Fowl has discovered a world below ground of armed and dangerous - and extremely high-tech - fairies. But he may have underestimated their powers. They will fight back. Is the boy about to trigger a cross-species war?