A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Kids will have to keep up with Myles' big vocabulary -- lots of SAT-level words to learn from him. They'll learn what misophonia and Stockholm Syndrome mean, ponder whether dwarf eyes have UV-receptive cones like bats, and more. While much of the technology created by fairies and geniuses (evil and otherwise) doesn't actually exist, there are hints of it in our own modern tools, such as smart appliances and drones.
Honoring parents' rules is more important than winning an argument. Strong messages about loyalty to friends and family. An appreciation of all kinds of intelligence.
Positive Role Models
Twelve-year-old twins Myles and Beckett are very different. Myles is incredibly book smart, and Beckett is physically agile, quick-thinking, close to animals, and very intuitive. Together, they are a good team. In this book they're forced to separate to save the day; both miss the other's skills. They aren't so great at following their worrying parents' wishes, though, and when their father tries to punish them, they try to find ways out of it.
Violence & Scariness
Plenty of action, fighting, threats to the main characters. Myles, Beckett, and their parents are kidnapped, threatened with painful deaths. Myles is told he'll be forced to kill his family. Their pixil friend Lazuli is strapped to a rocket, launched, and rescued. She's also shocked and almost crushed. The twins eject themselves from their airplane before it crashes. Dwarfs are knocked out by their own exploding gaseous behinds. A creature is swallowed and spit up, almost burns alive from exposure to stomach acid. A building explodes and almost collapses on innocent people. People are trapped in elevators that may fall. Agents fire guns. The story of a brain transplant and the stealing of a host body.
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Myles says "damnation." The fairy swear word "d'arvit" more often.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Eoin Colfer's The Fowl Twins Deny All Charges is the second book in an Artemis Fowl spin-off series that involves the exploits of Artemis' now 12-year-old brothers, Myles and Beckett. You could get by not reading Artemis Fowl first, but you'll understand more about the Fowl family and the fairy world if you do. Expect lots of action, fighting, and threats to the main characters. Myles, Beckett, and their parents are kidnapped and threatened with painful deaths, and Myles is told he will be forced to kill his family. Their fairy friend Lazuli is strapped to a rocket, launched, and rescued. A plane crashes and a building almost collapses. Dwarfs are knocked out by their own exploding gaseous behinds (dwarf gas humor is a constant of this series, as fans know). Readers are warned by the narrator that things are about to get gross before a creature is swallowed and spit up and almost burns alive from exposure to stomach acid. All other content is pretty mild. Myles, the genius of the bunch, will help build kids' vocabularies as he plots and schemes his way out of tense situations. Myles and Beckett both are reminded of how important their family and friends are.
Is It Any Good?
Here's yet another exciting adventure filled with wild and witty characters for fans of the Fowl family. While there's nothing totally unexpected for the series in The Fowl Twins Deny All Charges, this is adventure-fantasy done with lots of flair. The narrator's voice is one of the highlights, drawing the reader forward and backward in time, reminding of past crazy Fowl exploits (imagining them all as part of a huge file gathering dust in some fairy police precinct) and teasing us with all the adventures and discoveries yet to come for the amazing Fowl brothers. The narrator also sets up the villains' backstories with curious asides and fun ramblings, and, of course, clues us in to the ins and mostly outs of explosive dwarf gas -- now with the added stressor of Beckett's famous cluster punch.
The climactic action finds both twins in their own life-and-death struggles. Beckett must save his parents, and Myles must save thousands of innocents. The nail-biting finish will make you want to avoid elevators for a while. Still, readers will be clamoring to hop on board the next Fowl Twins adventure.
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