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Half-Moon Investigations

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by Eoin Colfer, Tk (Illustrator)

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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


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. He even has a silver-plated detective's badge to prove it. Everything is going along fine until two things happen: a classmate hires him to solve a crime, and his prized badge is stolen. All signs point to the town's most notorious crime family, the Sharkeys.

As Fletcher follows the clues, evidence of a conspiracy begins to emerge. But before he can crack the case, Fletcher finds himself framed for a serious crime. To clear his name, he will have to pair up with the unlikeliest of allies and go on the run from the authorities. Fletcher has twelve hours to find the guilty party—or he is the guilty party.

Editorial Reviews

His classmates have dubbed him Half Moon, but pint-sized or not, Fletcher Moon has a knack for sniffing out mysteries. Now armed with a badge as the world's youngest detective, he finds himself confronted with his most pressing case yet: If he can't find the culprit within 12 hours, he might have to take the rap himself! This is a hilarious, suspenseful detective story for boys and girls.
Publishers Weekly
Both author and reader are certainly seasoned professionals: Colfer writes the popular Artemis Fowl series, and Reilly has worked steadily in films, television and on stage. But their joint effort here doesn't quite click. There's a coy, often overly cute (and possibly offensive) tone to the audio version of Colfer's story about a 12-year-old Irish lad named Fletcher Moon known as "Half Moon" by his classmates because of his short stature who earned the right to call himself a private detective (complete with a shiny badge) from a dubious academy on the Internet. It could be the fault of the dialogue, but Reilly makes many of the characters sound like "stage Irish" the sort of people Hollywood used to hire Barry Fitzgerald to play. And while part of Fletcher's charm is supposed to be his indifference to being the butt of his peers' jokes, he is too much of a nerd and rampant fantasist to gain listeners' sympathy. Ages 10-up. (May) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
The newest addition to the "kid detective" genre is Colfer's twelve-year-old Fletcher Moon, who solved his first case from a playpen at three. Short for his age and smart beyond his years, Fletcher, using his father's birth certificate, has graduated at the top of his class from an Internet detective school, the youngest certified detective not only in the U.K., but in the whole world. Nicknamed "Half Moon" by the other kids, he is hired by one of Les Jeunes Estudiantes, a group of popular pink-clad girls, to find a missing lock of pop-star hair. There is more to the case than meets the eye, however, and not only does Fletcher cross the Sharkeys, the nastiest family in town, but he also becomes a victim and has only twelve hours to solve what turns out to be a string of crimes that puts him at the end of a finger pointing "guilty!" Witty, well-paced, and filled with colorful-literally-characters, this mystery by Artemis Fowl series author Colfer is sure to please middle-level readers, both fans of Artemis and those new to Colfer's work. No doubt, Fletcher Moon will be back again, sniffing out clues and tracking down criminals in many adventures to come. VOYA CODES: 4Q 4P M J (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2006, Hyperion, 304p., Ages 11 to 15.
—Michele Winship
School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-Diminutive Fletcher Moon may not be the most popular 12-year-old in his Irish town but he's proud-maybe a little too proud-of the badge that he constantly flashes to let everyone know that he's an online graduate of a private detective academy in Washington, DC. The other kids admit that Fletcher, aka "Half Moon," has solved several tough cases at Saint Jerome's Elementary and Middle School, so they come to him when they have a problem. But when super all-in-pink girly-girl April Devereux hires him to find a lock of a pop star's hair that she claims was stolen by one of the Sharkeys-a family of well-known criminals-everything starts going wrong for Fletcher. His precious badge is taken, he finds a single huge footprint at every crime scene, and he's picked up by the local police for arson when the Devereux playhouse burns down. When Fletcher goes on the run, who becomes his number-one ally? Young Red Sharkey. A typically funny Colfer offering without the mania of the "Artemis Fowl" series (Hyperion), the story wittily delivers the message that some people aren't-for good or ill-who they appear to be. Kids who enjoy comic mysteries will have a great time with Half Moon, and the conclusion drops plenty of hints that this could become a series.-Walter Minkel, New York Public Library Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Combine Sam Spade's manner, Encyclopedia Brown's curiosity and Columbo's deductive tenacity-that's Fletcher Moon, kid crime-solver. Never mind that he's only 12-Half Moon (he's short) is a real detective with an official badge from the Bob Bernstein Academy to prove it. When classmate April Devereux hires him to find her missing lock of pop star's hair, the case gets tangled in her all-girls' club, the snarkey Sharkey family notorious for thievery and talent-show contestants at St. Jerome's school. With unlikely ally, Red Sharkey, Fletcher follows clues that point to some kind of weird conspiracy, but he's forced undercover when someone tries to frame him for the crimes. Mystery-solving readers will ignore the European words-euros for dollars, guards for cops, cola flagon-to smugly sidestep red-haired herrings, giggle over Fletcher's disguise and grin deviously when the cast of suspects line up on stage for the grand inquisition. Half Moon is full-fledged fun and a sure-fire booktalk: Just describe Moon's eight-year-old, snot-nosed snitch who always has green yo-yo's hanging from his nostrils that he snorts in and out. A sub-theme of "information is power" is cleverly embedded in the fast-paced romp, while the ending leaves a trail for future investigations. (Fiction. 10-14)First printing of 250,000; $200,000 ad/promo

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Miramax Books for Kids
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5.25(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range:
10 - 15 Years

Meet the Author

Eoin Colfer is the New York Times best-selling author of the Artemis Fowl series, The Supernaturalist, Eoin Colfer's Legend of Spud Murphy and Legend of Captain Crow's Teeth, and The Wish List. He lives in Ireland with his wife and two children.

Brief Biography

Wexford Town, County Wexford, Republic of Ireland
Date of Birth:
May 14, 1965
Place of Birth:
Waterford City, County Waterford, Republic of Ireland
Bachelor of Education, 1986; Education Diploma, 1987

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Half-Moon Investigations 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 81 reviews.
I_read_books More than 1 year ago
I always love Mr. Colfer's work, but this book was surprising to me. When I first started reading it I figure it would be more "juvenile" than his other books, because of the characters and such. And in some ways it was, but in others it wasn't. I was surprised to find a cast of witty, very resourceful characters, and an interesting plot. I highly recommend.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is one of my favorites. I am not a big mystery fan but now I like mystery books all because of this book. I would give a 100 out of 50.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It seems that this book has mixed reviews. I found it brilliant. Someone needs to make a movie out of this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book speaks for itself. It was humorous, and a great decective story. Get it now! I command you!
Guest More than 1 year ago
At first I thought the storyline was confusing, but he tied it all together in the end. Good job, Mr. Colfer!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun to read book. Not deep, but lots of action. I bet, that boys enjoy it more than girls, because there are bad girls in the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Half Moon Eoin Colfer Miramax Books Mystery Do you like to solve mysteries? Well in this high flying book of adventure you can help solve the mysteries. Half Moon by Eoin Colfer is one of the greatest books. He helps all his friends get their stuff back with no problem at all. This book is full of action. It is mystery and suspense. In the second mystery he loses his badge. After Red takes his badge his boss told him not to look in Reds family's file he does anyway. After mystery number 6 he gets his badge back. When he goes to Aprils house he sees her dad and he started to wonder who would take the hair piece if it was her dad or someone who was desperate for it. Fletcher is the detective and the main character. He has freckles on his cheeks and has green eyes. He is skinny. He has got beaten by a girl because he didn't say anything to her or answer her. He has reddish brown hair. He is important because it is about him solving mystery's His friend Herod is skinny and has flat shoulders. He has blue eyes. He has red hair. He is important because he is one of the main characters. He is Reds little brother. April Devearow wears a lot of pink. She has blond brown colored hair. She is very tall. She has blueish greenish colored eyes. She is important because she gets a hair piece stolen and he helps her. Half Moon is an action filled story with so many different story's to solve. Half Moon is one of the best books . Eoin Colfer made a master piece! I would recommend it to people who like mystery and suspense. You should read it because it will keep you reading for a long time. It will grab you if you stop reading. You should read it because its a really good book. If I connected I would connect that I like solving mystery's too. I like the fact that he knows what to do when he is in the middle of something. It is good to me because I cant let it go. It keeps me reading and thats what I like about it! If you were to read it you would be saying the same thing I did when I read it. Hope you enjoy it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a great for young people who want to become a cop or a detective it would be great for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I stayed up until 12:30 to read this, and then forced myself to go to bed. It gets you wanting to read more around the middle of the book, even though the beginning is not exactly super. I would reccomend this book for someone who likes to laugh, as Eoin Colfer brings a good mystery to funny situations.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This Book was so well put together that I had to keep reading, and I finished it in 1 day, and didn't regret it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Half Moon investigations is a great book. Fletcher Moon is one of the funniest characters who ever narrated a story, and the growth of Red Sharkey from bad boy to good guy is progressed perfectly. The plot also moved along really well, with nonstop action. After Fletcher gets framed as an arsonist, his mad-scramble to solve the mystery is really quite exciting. Fletcher also meets some truly unexpected allies. All in all, a great book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mr.Colfer has a way of building charcters that just stick with you..I just wanted to say thank you for countless smiles your stories bring, and the wrinkles they put on my brain
Guest More than 1 year ago
I literally could not put it down(I even stayed up until 1:30 am reading it.)
Eric Smith More than 1 year ago
If i were you id stop reading reviews and read the whole freaking book already XD
fitbobcat More than 1 year ago
i did not buy the ebook butiove this book
youngbookworm More than 1 year ago
Very cool book, i am a girl and i thought it was pretty good(a good addition to my book shelf) but i honestly think that boys would like this book the best. It is easy to follow, but still has a great twisting plot. I bought this book for myself and let my brother read it too, he liked it so much he wanted to keep it! Great book if you trying to buy for a boy between: 9 1/2 years old to 12 years old.
Amajorbibliophile More than 1 year ago
"Half Moon Investigations," by Eoin Colfer, the best-selling author of the "Artemis Fowl" series, is a mystery adventure containing edge-of-your-seat moments and lough-out-loud humor! Just when you think that the main character has solved the mystery, a new twist appears in the story, keeping the reader constantly thinking about the problem and what boy detective Fletcher Moon is going to do in order to solve it!
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I'm an avid Colfer fan and I enjoyed another great colfer book. I was worried it would take off from encyclopedia Brown But it didn't a no doubt 5 of 5
Guest More than 1 year ago
eion colfer is great reak this book and you won't be disapointed
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Artimis foul was great now he does it again
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Best myster boook ever
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I woould reccommend this book to any of my friends, or any one to be exact.