Fletcher Moon has never been like other kids. For one thing, he has had to suffer the humiliating nickname "Half Moon" because of his short stature. But the real reason Fletcher is different is that ever since he was a baby, he's had a nose for sniffing out mysteries. And after graduating at the top of his Internet class, he is officially certified as the youngest detective in the world.
This tale from the author of Artemis Fowl tracks the hilarious exploits of brainiac Fletcher Moon, a mere 12 years old and already a graduate of an online detective course. His first case: ber-brat April Devereux, "head of an entire tribe of Barbies," hires him to find out who swiped the lock of a pop star's hair that she bought on eBay. Suspicion centers on Red Sharkey, oldest son of the town's leading crime family. Unraveling the mystery leads Fletcher to break rule No. 1 in his detective's handbook "Be invisible" and most of the other rules, too. The large but distinctive supporting cast includes a female school principal whose iron hand is aided by a pair of menacing Dobermans, and Fletcher's older sister, Hazel, who works out her boy troubles by writing plays and poetry while locked in her bedroom. "How about a rhyme for pathetic?" she asks Fletcher, who suggests "prosthetic" (this for Hazel's "epic poem about date with April"). While the setting is suburban and the well-to-do kids have the same fixations as their American cousins, Colfer tailors the details specifically to Ireland. April's cousin May is a step dancer ("Go and do your Riverdance thing," April says dismissively at one point), the boys play hurling ("the Irish sporting version of pitched battle") and swear loyalty by invoking the Irish marble oath, "Brick miss must celt." It's a place many readers will very much enjoy visiting. Ages 10-up. FYI: A q&a with author Eoin Colfer ran in the January 26 issue of Children's Bookshelf; see www.publishersweekly.com/bookshelf.
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Great Book with Twists and Turns Galore!
I really liked this book. It had characters that you could really connect with and had the feeling that Artemis Fowl had where it seems hopeless for he character until all the pieces of the puzzle connect and they figure out what they need to figure out. This book is full of surprises and twists and it makes you want to know what happens next which is great for any book. Since this is such a great book and I recommend reading it, I won't spoil anything but what I will tell you is that the ending is great. It reminded me of a video game series called the Phoenix Wright series where you have to prove someone guilty in a court. For young fans of mystery, this book is a must-read.
1/2 🌙 rules!
This is a good book i want to read more books that Eoin Colfer has made