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Both Eoin Colfer’s parents were teachers and young Eoin was taught by his dad Billy at Wexford’s Christian Brothers primary. Eoin remembers his dad’s presence in school as “witty…[he] made school fun.” Colfer junior’s first attempt at serious writing came in the sixth grade. “I wrote a play for the class about Norse Gods. Everyone died in the end except me.”
Eoin followed in his parents’ footsteps and trained to be a teacher but his writing didn't stop and his first book, Benny and Omar, appeared in 1999 and instantly achieved bestselling status in Ireland. Then in 2001 the first Artemis Fowl book was published and he was able to resign from teaching and concentrate fully on writing.
Apart from the hugely successful Artemis Fowl series his books include The Legend of the Worst Boy in the World, And another thing.... and his most recent adventure novel W.A.R.P.: The Reluctant Assassin.
Eoin Colfer was nominated for the 2012 Hans Christian Andersen Award.
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WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT EOIN COLFER... Praise for Artemis Fowl
“Wildly original… and you thought fairy stories were just for kids.” - T2 (The Telegraph)
“It’s a highly original adventure story with an action-packed plot which twists and turns right to the end – a kind of William Gibson meets the Hobbit/Irish Legends. It has all the right ingredients.” Marc Lambert, Children’s Programme Director at the Edinburgh Festival
“Make sure you buy it!” Denise Van Outen, Channel 4’s The Big Breakfast
Will has four brothers all of whom love to complain so neither Mum or Dad has much time to listen to him. Will needs his own listener and, with lots of time on his hands, Grandad seems perfect for the job. But Grandad has stories of his own to tell, including the legend of the Worst Boy in the World… A hilarious story about the trials of being one of a big family.
Not to be missed! This book is slick, stylish; action packed and is an exhilarating read from start to finish. The criminal genius and mastermind is available for the first time in graphic novel form. Giovanni Rigano, who worked on The Incredibles Graphic Novels, does the animation and artwork in a realistic, tasteful style. Cunning, witty and armed to the teeth Artemis Fowl makes James Bond look like he’s fresh out of nappies. For more titles by Eoin Colfer click here.
Fletcher Moon is a twelve year old private detective: with a dozen successful investigations under his belt, he’s planning to head for the big time. No more kids’ stuff for him. Moon wants real cases and real money. With Doobie Doyle, an eight year old with sharp eyes and a big mouth as his best informant, Moon gets cracking on some serious business. Eoin Colfer has perfected the detective story in this hilarious and crisply told adventure that spins out at a cracking pace. This title is also available on audio CD.
Best-selling Artemis Fowl is back with a new adventure. This time the teenage criminal mastermind must save the fairies from being discovered by the human world. As ever, he fights a fast and furious campaign with all the power – magical and mechanical – that his hugely original fairy world can muster. Hectically paced, this is a thrilling read. This title is also available as a Nintendo DS™ FLIPS title - click here
Thoroughly recommended as one of the funniest, most exciting and original children's novels. The plot takes place around the eternal struggle between good and evil, Heaven and hell. The main character, Meg has to redeem herself after her death to secure her place in heaven and is sent back to help an old man complete his wish list of three tasks. A comical, thought provoking and quite often sad story that is a must for any fan of Colfer.
Five brothers have a lot of fun on holiday by the sea, especially with the disco to look forward to. But the excitement of going is spoilt for Will when Marty tells him the story of the cutthroat pirate Captain Crow. Will is terrified. How can he be sure that the pirate who will take his revenge on any nine year old is not another of his brother’s scary stories? Scary good fun.
Not to be missed, this is the CD - Audio version of the classic Eoin Colfer story. Fletcher Moon is a twelve year old private detective: with a dozen successful investigations under his belt, he’s planning to head for the big time. No more kids’ stuff for him. Moon wants real cases and real money. With Doobie Doyle, an eight year old with sharp eyes and a big mouth as his best informant, Moon gets cracking on some serious business. Eoin Colfer has perfected the detective story in this hilarious and crisply told adventure that spins out at a cracking pace.
Best-selling Artemis Fowl has enchanted and delighted readers for a decade. Half hero, half villain and wholly brainy, although still only a boy, Artemis is a criminal mastermind who has a very daring scheme in mind. Can he steal what he wants from the fairy world and get away with it? Artemis will stop at nothing less…Full of tricks, plots, secret codes and fantastical characters including Holly Short, Mulch Diggums and Foaly and propelled by outrageous cheek sprinkled with the touch of very special magic, Artemis Fowl is a book to love forever. Although only twelve years old, Artemis Fowl is already famous as a criminal master-mind. But, when he kidnaps Captain Holly Short of the LEPrechaun unit in his ruthless bid to steal the fairy gold, he finds he has gone a step too far. In the headlong adventure that follows, Artemis discovers that fairies are not the creatures that he had been expecting. Fast paced and packed with one joke after another, Artemis fowl is irresistible humour for young readers. This title is also available as a Nintendo DS™ FLIPS title - click here For more titles by Eoin Colfer click here.
The fourth rip roaring story about Artemis Fowl and the unique fairy world in which he operates. Here, the evil pixie Opal Koboi is back. Now she wants power over humans as well as fairies and she’ll stop at nothing to get it. Captain Holly Short knows the only person in the world who can prevent her is Artemis Fowl himself. Already a master criminal at 14, Artemis Fowl is fearless, ruthless and very clever. Full of high tech action, fairies with attitude and a terrific sense of humour, this story is magic! This title is also available as a Nintendo DS™ FLIPS title - click here
The second book in the truly breathtaking Artemis Fowl series. This time we see the evil Irish criminal mastermind go after an evil pixie, the Russian mafiya and his school counsellor. Eoin Colfer takes a move away from the terrifically bizarre nature of the first book and adopts something a little more like a standard adventure novel. The character of Artemis is explored on a deeper level in this wonderful follow-up. This title is also available as a Nintendo DS™ FLIPS title - click here
From the creator that brought you Artemis Fowl comes a totally different type of plot-twisting adventure story. This one includes supernatural creatures, a disenfranchised band of Supernaturalists, and rather a lot of futuristic weapons. The hero is a fourteen-year-old boy named Cosmo who escapes from an orphanage that uses boys as medical and commercial lab rats and meets three people racing around rooftops on a mission. Their mission is to zap ghostlike blue creatures at accident scenes before the creatures drain people's life force. A very memorable fast paced sci-fi action thriller.