Parents' Guide to

Half-Moon Investigations

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Clever detective fiction for middle-graders.

Book Eoin Colfer Mystery 2006
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age 9+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 12+

This title has:

Educational value
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age 8+

Great Read

We spend family time listening to books together. My son does not like to read, so I've introduced the next best thing. Books on Tape. We both enjoyed this book and thought it would make a great kids movie one of these day. The plot, the suspense, the twist, the language, the life like characters just great. I identified with some of these characters . Totally amazing book. My son actually wants to follow along with the actual book in hand. I look forward to reading more books by this author.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (7 ):

Eoin Colfer, author of the bestselling Artemis Fowl series, brings his trademark combination of humor, brilliant kids, gritty violence, and likable villains to a new setting. Fletcher is a nerdy wimp of a kid detective, with a sharp mind and an inner core of steel, who narrates the story in the style of a '40s potboiler. Much more interesting is his reluctant partner, Red -- son of a local gangster, with a heart of gold, a short fuse, the gift of cool charisma, and the skills of his heritage.

Fletcher receives an extraordinary lack of sympathy from any adult, including his parents, after he is beaten badly enough to require surgery, which, by the way, was more violent than necessary for the storyline. When a child is beaten unconscious by an adult with a club, it doesn't register as the humorous, cartoon violence the author seems to think it is. But overall this is a satisfying romp.

Book Details

  • Author: Eoin Colfer
  • Genre: Mystery
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Disney Publishing
  • Publication date: April 24, 2006
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 11 - 14
  • Number of pages: 290
  • Available on: Paperback, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, Kindle
  • Last updated: December 5, 2019

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