The Arctic Incident (Artemis Fowl, Book 2)

The Arctic Incident - Eoin Colfer The teenage criminal mastermind is at it again! This time, Artemis Fowl is being accused of helping plan and execute a goblin uprising and fairies Holly Short and Commander Root are determined to get to the bottom of it. Artemis, however, has been busy trying to rescue his father from the Russian mafia. If he isn't the genius behind the uprising, who is?The second book of the Artemis Fowl series is much more action-packed and fast-paced than the first. Whereas the first was part kidnapping, part siege, the second goes in guns blazing on a couple different fronts. As Artemis and the fairies are forced to work together, their characters grow and come to understand each other a bit more, each side becoming a bit less prejudiced and self-centered.The technical vocabulary can be tricky, and the reading level is more difficult than many other YA books of this size; it would be a great series for a young overachiever who can handle the higher reading skill level, but still wants to have an exciting, daring fantasy with plenty of fun elements.