Author(s): Francesca Armour-Chelu
In a world that has been ravaged by flooding, Fenn Halflin learns the truth about his past - a secret that forces him to flee the safety of his home as he is chased across the vast sea by the ruthless Terra Firma and their cold-blooded leader, Chilstone. Finding shelter on a decaying island, Fenn is taken in by child survivors in hiding, and he begins a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with the Terra Firma, who will stop at nothing to find him. But as Chilstone's dreaded Fearzero ship appears on the horizon, and the water levels continue to rise, it seems that Fenn's hopes of escape will be washed away for ever.
"Wearing its grim environmental warning lightly, the world Armour-Chelu has created is rich, evocative and utterly absorbing - we are thrust into Fenn's world from the very first paragraph, and don't look back.[...] A story that is perfect for adaptation to the big screen, make sure you read the book first!" Children's Books Ireland Pick of the Month, June 2016 - Debut author Francesca Armour-Chelu has created a desperate flooded dystopian world in this fast-paced story of one boy's survival. Julia Eccleshare, LoveReading The first in a chilling adventure series about a sinking world that subtly addresses themes of migration and global warming. [...] A great adventure with a heartfelt message. South Wales Evening Post I LOVED this book and am desperate to read the second installment [...] Issues of the environment, discrimination refugees and migration make this book pertinent to the current world order. The prose style is rich and engaging and worthy of study in any upper key stage literacy lesson. This is a book for sharing, discussing and trying to emulate in one's own writing and so a definite addition to the Y6 literary spine. The School Librarian The first in a chilling adventure series about a sinking world - apt for readers aged nine and over who like Percy Jackson and Artemis Fowl. Surrey Advertiser Clever, intriguing and wonderful - a brilliant adventure. Really superb. sschambe.wordpress.com Exciting and simply brilliant! Fallen Star Stories [...] rich in description [...] Books for Keeps So good you won't put it down until you've finished it! Cally Evans, age 10, for lovereading4kids.co.uk I really enjoyed this book about a boy who has a big secret which forces him out of hiding into the open. I can't wait for the second book to come out! Maya Watson, age 10, for lovereading4kids.co.uk
Francesca Armour-Chelu grew up by the Suffolk Coast. She studied English and Drama at Goldsmiths and went on to work in museum education and public libraries. Her experience of living on water meadows in an abandoned Edwardian railway carriage inspired her debut novel, Fenn Halflin and the Fearzero, which was shortlisted for the Mslexia Children's Novel Competition 2012. Francesca lives in Suffolk.