Artemis Fowl, by Eoin Colfer
A boy genius, who might or might not be a little bit evil, a bodyguard called Butler and the People. Fairies. A high speed, action packed novel filled with magic, mischief, humour and characters you’ll love and love to hate.
I first read this book aged 11 or 12 and I still read this books, and others in the series at 30. At the heart is a boy genius who wants to be loved, he wants acceptance but seems to find himself embroiled in nefarious plots, usually of his own making.
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. These aren’t the fairies of bedtime stories—they’re dangerous! Full of unexpected twists and turns, Artemis Fowl is a riveting, magical adventure.