Devious schemes of kidnap and ransom: Read another extract from Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

Devious schemes of kidnap and ransom: Read another extract from Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

Chapter 2: TRANSLATION

By now, you must have guessed just how far Artemis Fowl was prepared to go in order to achieve his goal. But what exactly was this goal? What outlandish scheme would involve the blackmailing of an alcohol-addicted sprite? The answer was gold.

Artemis’s search had begun two years previously when he first became interested in surfing the Internet. He quickly found the more arcane sites: alien abduction, UFO sightings and the supernatural. But most specifically the existence of the People.

Trawling through gigabytes of data, he found hundreds of references to fairies from nearly every country in the world. Each civilization had its own term for the People, but they were undoubtedly members of the same hidden family. Several stories mentioned a Book carried by each fairy. It was their Bible, containing, as it allegedly did, the history of their race and the commandments that governed their extended lives. Of course, this Book was written in Gnommish, the fairy text, and would be of no use to any human.

Artemis believed that with today’s technology the Book could be translated. And with this translation you could begin to exploit a whole new group of creatures.

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Publisher details

Artemis Fowl (film edition)
Author
Eoin Colfer
Publisher
Penguin
Genre
Children’s Fiction
Released
15 April, 2020

Synopsis

The explosive first novel in Eoin Colfer's bestselling Artemis Fowl series, now a major Disney film!*New special film edition - includes photos of the film, an introduction from director Kenneth Branagh and a note from Eoin Colfer himself* Rumour has it Artemis Fowl is responsible for every major crime of the new century.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?Let the misadventure begin.

Publisher details

Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl #1)
Author
Eoin Colfer
Publisher
Penguin
Genre
Children’s Fiction
Released
07 September, 2011

Synopsis

Rumor has it Artemis Fowl is responsible for every major crime of the new century.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?'Fast-paced, tongue in cheek . . . laugh-out-loud.' Sunday Times#65 in ABC My Favourite Book 
Eoin Colfer
About the author

Eoin Colfer

Eoin Colfer was born and raised in Wexford, a seaside town in the south-east of Ireland. He began writing plays at an early age, forcing his unfortunate classmates to dress up as marauding Vikings when they would have preferred to be outdoors doing some real marauding.Browbeaten by constant encouragement from his family, Eoin continued to write as an adult. His first novel, Benny and Omar, was an instant bestseller in Ireland, and Artemis Fowl, his first book featuring the brilliant young anti-hero, was an immediate international bestseller. It was shortlisted for the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year and was winner of both the WH Smith 'People's Choice' Children's Book of the Year and of the British Book Awards Children's Book of the Year.

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