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Action and Adventure, Fantasy

Action and Adventure August – Eoin Colfer – Artemis Fowl and the last guardian

I have loved the Artemis Fowl stories since discovering them back in 2001/2.  This last in the series of eight doesn’t disappoint.  There is plenty of action and adventure and  laugh out loud moments from the exploits of combining a teenage genius (Artemis) with an elf (Holly Short),  centaur (Foaly), a farting dwarf (Mulch), a body guard (Butler), a couple of 4 year old boys and an evil pixie (Opal Koboi).  The gist of the story is Opal Koboi plots to take over the world and become fairy queen.  In doing so, her supporters have to inhabit the bodies of humans, such as Artemis’ brothers Myles and Beckett. Artemis and company set out to defeat her and reclaim his brothers.  Whilst there is action a plenty (and it is Action and Adventure August), my love of the series comes from the humour.  One of my favourite excerpts is to do with “do-do displacement”, which is about when the proverbial “do-do” hits the fan (p. 87) as Holly, Artemis and Butler try to escape the Haven City.

Plenty of great interactive websites to go with the Artemis Books such as


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I am a secondary English/History teacher (BA DipEd, MA (Education) and a Teacher Librarian (MEd). I LOVE to research and through this site aim to -Support the introduction of the Australian Curriculum (especially in History) through sourcing quality and varied internet based sources (research guides) - Support teachers through conducting education based literature reviews - Provide suggestions on useful Web 2.0 tools - Offer other services such as curriculum writing, library collection assessment, novel recommendations (see my blog


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