Disney Publishing Worldwide announces one-million-copy first printing for final book in Colfer's 'Artemis Fowl Series'

NEW YORK, New York , February 16, 2012 (press release) – Disney Publishing Worldwide (DPW) announced today a one-million first printing of The Last Guardian, the eighth and final book in the best-selling Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer. The Last Guardian releases simultaneously in hardcover and as an eBook from Disney Publishing's Disney-Hyperion imprint, and as an audio version through Listening Library on July 10, 2012. More than 13 million Artemis Fowl books are currently in print in the US. The books have been translated into 44 languages.

"Artemis Fowl has been like an imaginary son to me for more than a decade," said Eoin Colfer. "I was determined to finish the series with an adventure that will leave fans happily exhausted."

"Eoin has written a brilliant finale, full to the brim with the ingenious plot twists, heart-stopping action, and sly humor that his fans expect," said Stephanie Lurie, Editorial Director, Disney-Hyperion. "Artemis definitely goes out with a bang."

In The Last Guardian, Artemis Fowl's arch rival Opal Koboi is wreaking havoc yet again. The evil pixie has somehow reanimated dead fairy warriors who were buried on the grounds of Fowl Manor. Their spirits have possessed Artemis's little brothers, Butler's sister, Juliet, and assorted forest animals. Artemis and Holly must outwit all of them and defeat Opal before the world is destroyed in this thrilling finale to the blockbuster series. The cover of The Last Guardian and an excerpt of the first chapter are available online at ArtemisFowl.com.

In support of the release of The Last Guardian, Colfer will embark on a multicity US tour and take to the stage—live, in bookstores and libraries—to bring the entire Artemis Fowl series to life for fans. Eoin will cast a few lucky volunteers in each location to participate in the theatrical performance. Video blogs from every tour venue will be featured online at ArtemisFowl.com.

Eoin Colfer is the New York Times best-selling author of the Artemis Fowl series; Airman; Half Moon Investigations; The Supernaturalist; Eoin Colfer's Legend of... books; The Wish List; Benny and Omar; and Benny and Babe. He is currently hard at work on a new time travel adventure series called WARP. The first book will be published in 2013. Eoin lives in Ireland with his wife and two sons.

About Disney Publishing Worldwide
Disney Publishing Worldwide (DPW) is the world's largest publisher of children's books and magazines, with over 250 million children's books and over 400 million children's magazines sold each year. Disney Publishing Worldwide consists of an extensive worldwide licensing structure as well as vertically integrated publishing imprints including Disney Book Group in the U.S., Disney Libri in Italy and Disney Libros in Spain. DPW publishes a range of children's magazines globally, including Topolino, Le Journal de Mickey, and Donald Duck, as well as family titles in the U.S. which include Disney Princess and Phineas and Ferb. Disney English is DPW's English language learning business which includes Disney English schools in China and a worldwide retail licensing program. DPW's digital products include bestselling eBook titles as well as original apps. Headquartered in White Plains, NY, Disney Publishing Worldwide publishes books, magazines, and digital products in 85 countries in 75 languages. For more information visit www.disneypublishing.com.

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Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian
By Eoin Colfer
Publication Date: July 10, 2012
Hardcover ISBN-10: 1423161610 • Price: $18.99 • Ages 10 and up

Media Contact:
Jennifer Corcoran
Disney Publishing Worldwide

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