Twelve-year-old prodigy, Artemis Fowl, is the titular hero of Eoin Colfer’s fantasy novel for young readers. Artemis Fowl is a very modern fairy story, set in a fantasia of Ireland, and featuring diminutive forces that control an underground world. Artemis, who comes from a long line of wealthy criminals, encounters this fantastic tribe of fairies when he seeks to reestablish the family fortune following his father’s disappearance. Artemis matches wits with Holly Short and Commander Root of the LEPrecon Unit, who ride herd on the savage dwarves and trolls. When Artemis purloins their sacred book of secrets and regulations, Holly and Root act decisively to prevent a global war between humans and fairies. When Holly is apprehended and taken hostage, humans and fairies reach a compromise: the return of Holly for a hefty sum of fairy gold. The fairies retreat to their realm, and Artemis is poised to begin another caper, chronicled in the next seven books of Colfer’s series.