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Eoin Colfer

Biography

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, 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 - Children's, Children's 10-14, Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Fiction, Magic, Youth Fiction

Twelve-year-old criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl has discovered a world below ground of armed and dangerous --- and extremely high-tech --- fairies. He kidnaps one of them, Holly Short, and holds her for ransom in an effort to restore his family's fortune. But he may have underestimated the fairies' powers. Is he about to trigger a cross-species war?

written by Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin with illustrations by Giovanni Rigano - Children's, Children's 10-14, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Social Issues

Ebo is alone. His brother, Kwame, has disappeared, and Ebo knows it can only be to attempt the hazardous journey to Europe, and a better life --- the same journey their sister set out on months ago. But Ebo refuses to be left behind in Ghana. He sets out after Kwame and joins him on the quest to reach Europe. Ebo's epic journey takes him across the Sahara Desert to the dangerous streets of Tripoli, and finally out to the merciless sea. But with every step he holds on to his hope for a new life, and a reunion with his family.

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 - 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 - 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.