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The Fowl twins
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One week after their eleventh birthday, the Fowl twins--scientist Myles, and Beckett, the force of nature--are left in the care of house security (NANNI) for a single night. In that time they befriend a troll who has clawed his way through the earth's crust to the surface. Unfortunately for the troll, he is being chased by a nefarious nobleman and an interrogating nun, who both need the magical creature for their own gain, as well as a fairy-in-training who has been assigned to protect him. The boys and their new troll best friend escape and go on the run. Along the way they get shot at, kidnapped, buried, arrested, threatened, killed (temporarily), and discover that the strongest bond in the world is not the one forged by covalent electrons in adjacent atoms, but the one that exists between a pair of twins.
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Gr 4--8--Based on the same Eurocentric adventure platform, The Fowl Twins transcends the original "Artemis Fowl" series. Welcome to a new level of zany ridiculousness with the warm-hearted interplay between Miles and Beckett, Artemis's now 11-year-old twin brothers, as they fight together with a fairy creature against an elderly Duke and an evil nun, two of the most hilarious supervillains of all time. As his characters chase each other across Western Europe, Colfer mocks predictable tropes with ingeniously unexpected turns made possible by wacky technological or magical marvels and astounding physical feats. The wry narrator's choice of metaphor and unique turns-of-phrase are as delightful as the action on the page. Masterful pacing includes complicated action sequences broken into different perspectives, with time sped up or slowed down to maximize both the reader's excitement and their ability to revel in Miles's cleverness, or to guess at Beckett's hidden talents. Kids familiar with European landmarks will be especially pleased at glimpses of Amsterdam, Verona, and the Irish Coast; Spanish-speakers will appreciate the nefarious nun's frequent exclamations. A handful of beloved characters from the original series make brief cameos. VERDICT Funnier and more appealing than its popular progenitor, this title is destined to become a favorite.--Rhona Campbell, Georgetown Day School, Washington, DC
Booklist Review
Make way for a new generation of Fowl adventures and fans. In Colfer's opening volume of this spin-off to his popular Artemis Fowl series, readers are introduced to the Fowl twins, Artemis' much younger brothers, who prove their mettle in combat with wrong-doers as they navigate the intersection of a techno-dominated human world and that of Fairie equally gadget-driven but uniquely oddball. While Artemis is on his way to Mars, the twins (Myles, besuited and intellectual; and Beckett, a wild, wide-eyed nature-child) prove themselves up to the task of defying the evil-minded on two fronts: first, the machinations of Lord Bleedham-Drye, an uber-rich 150-year-old intent on living forever; and second, Sister Jeronima, a nun who leads a secret, government-­sponsored organization devoted to infiltrating the unhuman. When a purple, toy-sized, bristly troll emerges on the island off Ireland where the twins live, non-stop adventure is set in motion. Will the Lord or the nun manage to wrest the troll from the others? And to what purpose? Twists of tongue and story line make for a fun experience.--Karen Cruze Copyright 2010 Booklist
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