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Eoin Colfer


Eoin Colfer

Eoin Colfer (pronounced Owen) was born in Wexford on the South-East coast of Ireland in 1965, where he and his four brothers were brought up by his father (an elementary school teacher, historian and artist of note) and mother (a drama teacher). He first developed an interest in writing in primary (elementary) school with gripping Viking stories inspired by history he was learning in school at the time!

After leaving school he got his degree from Dublin university and qualified as a primary school teacher, returning to work in Wexford. He married in 1991 and he and his wife spent about 4 years between 1992 and 1996 working in Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Italy. His first book, Benny and Omar, was published in 1998, based on his experiences in Tunisia; it has since been translated into many languages. A sequel followed in 1999, followed by some other books (see below). Then in 2001 the first Artemis Fowl book was published and he was able to resign from teaching and concentrate fully on writing.

He says, "I will keep writing until people stop reading or I run out of ideas. Hopefully neither of these will happen anytime soon." He lives in Ireland with his wife and two children.

Eoin Colfer

Books by Eoin Colfer

by Eoin Colfer - Adventure, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Youth Fiction

Just when Tony is about to add his pizzazz to an international eco-summit in Ireland, someone close to him forces him to question his role in making the world a more dangerous place with his high-tech weaponry. But Stark doesn't have much time to reflect before an old enemy presents him with an even greater challenge: the assassination of all the eco-ministers, and Iron Man himself.

written by Eoin Colfer, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers - Children's 4-6, Friendship

Did you know that sometimes, with a little electricity, or luck, or even magic, an imaginary friend might appear when you need one? An imaginary friend like Fred. Fred floated like a feather in the wind until Sam, a lonely little boy, wished for him and, together, they found a friendship like no other.

Written by Eoin Colfer with illustrations by Oliver Jeffers - Children's 4-6, Children's 5-8, Fiction, Picture

Did you know that sometimes, with a little electricity, or luck, or even magic, an imaginary friend might appear when you need one? An imaginary friend like Fred. Fred floated like a feather in the wind until Sam, a lonely little boy, wished for him and, together, they found a friendship like no other.

by Eoin Colfer - Fiction, Science Fiction

As an evil assassin relentlessly hunts them down, Riley and Chevie face a desperate race to stay alive and stop him from returning to his own time --- armed with knowledge and power that could change the world forever.

by Eoin Colfer - Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult 10+

The final installment in Eoin Colfer's Artemis Fowl series has arrived, and even boy genius Artemis is at a loss on how to save the day. His archnemesis Opal Koboi has finally figured out a plan for world domination, and this time she has accounted for every possibility.

by Eoin Colfer - Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal, Science Fiction, Supernatural, Young Adult 10+, Youth Fiction

At Clarissa Frayne, the orphans, called "no-sponsors," are put to work by the state, testing dangerous products that never should be allowed near human beings. Cosmo Hill knows that he must escape, even though he has no idea what might be waiting for him on the outside. When that moment finally comes, he nearly dies while escaping. But he is rescued by a gang of "Supernaturalists," a motley crew of kids who all have a special psychic ability --- one that Cosmo is about to learn he has as well.

by Eoin Colfer - Children's, Fantasy, Fiction

Artemis has committed his entire fortune to a project he believes will save the planet and its inhabitants, both human and fairy. Captain Holly Short is unconvinced, and discovers that Artemis is suffering from Atlantis Complex, a psychosis common among guilt-ridden fairies --- not humans --- and most likely triggered by Artemis’s dabbling with fairy magic. Symptoms include obsessive-compulsive behavior, paranoia, multiple personality disorder and, in extreme cases, embarrassing professions of love to a certain feisty LEPrecon fairy.

by Eoin Colfer - Children's, Fiction

Someone else has unlocked the secrets of the fairy world…and she is only twelve years old. Now, in a race against time, a newly-reformed Artemis Fowl will have to dip into his bag of dirty tricks if he is to save his fairy friends from his latest nemesis, not to mention a power hungry demon warlord who is poised to invade our dimension with his savage army. 

by Eoin Colfer - Children's, Fiction

When Artemis Fowl’s mother contracts a life-threatening illness, his world is turned upside down and the only hope for a cure lies in the brain fluid of the silky sifaka lemur. Unfortunately, the animal is extinct due to a heartless bargain Artemis himself made as a younger boy.

by Eoin Colfer - Children's, Fiction

After his last run-in with the fairies, Artemis had his mind wiped of his memories of the world belowground. But they have not forgotten about him. Once again, he must stop the human and fairy worlds from colliding --- only this time, Artemis faces an enemy who may have finally outsmarted him.

by Eoin Colfer - Children's, Fiction

When his efforts to broker a deal for the Cube with a powerful businessman go terribly wrong, Artemis Fowl's loyal bodyguard and friend Butler is mortally injured. The only thing that will save him is fairy magic, so once again he must contact his old rival, Holly Short.

by Eoin Colfer - Children's, Fiction

Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl is a millionaire, a genius --- and, above all, a criminal mastermind. But even Artemis doesn’t know what he’s taken on when he kidnaps a fairy, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit. 

by Eoin Colfer - Adventure, Fiction

In this sequel to A LONG WAY FROM CHICAGO (A Newbery Honor Book in 1999), set during the Great Depression, 15-year-old Mary Alice leaves her Chicago home to spend a year with her feisty --- and often funny --- Grandma Dowdel in Grandma's small Illinois town. As the connected stories in this book unfold, Mary Alice comes to see the warm and loving side of her eccentric relative, and readers meet a cast of characters they won't soon forget.

by Eoin Colfer, Andrew Donkin, and Giovanni Rigano - Fiction, Graphic Novel

In 2001, audiences first met and fell in love with a twelve-year-old criminal mastermind named Artemis Fowl.  Since then, the series has sold over seven million copies in the United States alone. Now, this phenomenally successful series is being translated into a graphic novel format.

by Eoin Colfer - Children's, Fiction

Artemis is at boarding school in Ireland when he suddenly receives a plea from his father, who has been kidnapped by the Russian Mafia. As Artemis rushes to his rescue, he is stopped by Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon fairy police, but this time, instead of battling the fairies, he is going to have to join forces with them if he wants to save one of the few people in the world he loves.