Half-Moon Investigations

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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 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 ...

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Overview

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.

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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.
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Freshly graduated from an Internet detective academy, 12-year-old Fletcher Moon gets his first bona fide client: April Devereaux, the snobby "head of an entire tribe of Barbies." The case? Find out who stole April's most prized possession -- a lock of hair from a pop star. The plot thickens when Fletcher's badge is stolen and he's framed for a crime. Self-confident enough to poke fun at his own gumshoe geekiness ("After all, when you've come face-to-face with the dark side of the school yard, life doesn't hold many surprises"), Fletcher makes an utterly likable private eye. The hilarious ensemble of characters includes a gaggle of over-the-top, ultra-femme girls and a psycho principal who likes to draw mean pictures of her students. The razor-sharp wit of Colfer, the author of the Artemis Fowl series, will have young sleuths clamoring for more Half-Moon cases. (Ages 8 to 12)
Child magazine's Best Children's Book Awards 2006
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.
VOYA
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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786849604
  • Publisher: Miramax Books for Kids
  • Publication date: 3/27/2007
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 304
  • Age range: 10 - 15 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 7.75 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Eoin Colfer

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.

Biography

Eoin Colfer is a former elementary school teacher whose Artemis Fowl series has become an international bestseller. He is also the author of The Legend of Spud Murphy, The Wish List, and the New York Times bestseller The Supernaturalist.He lives in Ireland with his wife and two children.

Author biography courtesy of Miramax Books/Hyperion Books for Children.

Good To Know

Some fun and fascinating outtakes from our interview with Colfer:

"My original ambition was to be a comic book artist. I would still love to write a comic one day."

"I have a real hatred of queues. If I see a queue of more than four people, I will leave the building and come back another day."

"I have four brothers and they are the inspiration for several of the sprites and gremlins in my books."

"I did a parachute jump recently and loved it. I would definitely take it up as a hobby if we had more clear sky over here in Ireland."

"I am a big theatre fan, and I go as often as possible with my wife. I actually started out in the theatre, writing plays for my actor friends."

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    1. Also Known As:
      William Eoin Colfer (full name)
    2. Hometown:
      Wexford Town, County Wexford, Republic of Ireland
    1. Date of Birth:
      May 14, 1965
    2. Place of Birth:
      Waterford City, County Waterford, Republic of Ireland
    1. Education:
      Bachelor of Education, 1986; Education Diploma, 1987
    2. Website:

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  • Posted February 27, 2010

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    Loved it!

    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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2008

    Greatest detective book ever

    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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2007

    Brilliance to match The Supernaturalist

    It seems that this book has mixed reviews. I found it brilliant. Someone needs to make a movie out of this.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2007

    Ka-Chow!

    This book speaks for itself. It was humorous, and a great decective story. Get it now! I command you!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2006

    Eoin Colfer ROCKS!

    At first I thought the storyline was confusing, but he tied it all together in the end. Good job, Mr. Colfer!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2009

    fun humorous book for grages 4-6

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2009

    5th grade book review

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2008

    Read This !!!!

    This book is a great for young people who want to become a cop or a detective it would be great for you.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2007

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    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2007

    Eoin has out done himself again

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2006

    Another great book

    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

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2006

    Eoin Colfer Does it Again!

    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!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2006

    Father of four

    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

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2006

    Impossibly Amazing

    I literally could not put it down(I even stayed up until 1:30 am reading it.)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2011

    I didnt like reading until i read this

    If i were you id stop reading reviews and read the whole freaking book already XD

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 12, 2011

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    love it

    i did not buy the ebook butiove this book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 13, 2009

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    Boys will eat this up...

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 3, 2009

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    Edge-of-Your-Seat Moments and Laugh-Out-Loud Humor

    "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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2008

    Disappointing

    I am 12, and am not someone who looks at books harshly. I tried this book out but it was the opposite of what I was expecting. It was about a guy who found a detective badge somewhere and then became the super sleuth detective of his school...finding.....lost organizers???? I didn't even read past there, honestly. I enjoyed Eoin Colfer's Artemis Fowl, and the rest of his books were boring and definitely not for me.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2007

    A reviewer

    I liked it. not as much as Artemis Fowl, but it was still great.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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