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Fenn Halflin and the Fearzero

Written by Francesca Armour-Chelu

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Julia Eccleshare's 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. When Fenn's parents are killed by the vicious Terra Ferma who are determined to wipe out all Seaborns, Fenn survives thanks to Halflin who does everything he can to keep Fenn safe. But Fenn is a child with a special destiny and Chilstone, the heartless leader of Terra Firma, is determined to get him. Can Fenn stay one step ahead of his pursuers? ~ Julia Eccleshare

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Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Sam Harper, age 11 - 'Destined to start a revolution, Fenn is forced to run for his life in this totally gripping adventure set in a watery, futuristic world.'
  • Alice East, age 11 - 'Fenn Halflin and the Fearzero is a thrilling book about a flooded world and the fight to live on the small bit of land that is left.  Join Fenn on his exiting adventure in this action packed book.'
  • Cally Evans, age 10 - 'So good you won't put it down until you've finished it!'
  • Ross O'Gorman, age 9 - 'This book will appeal to lovers of fantasy and adventure. The central character Fenn lives with his Grandfather, Halflin who saved Fenn's life as a baby.'
  • Maya Watson, age 10 - '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!'
  • Kai Bryan, age 10 - 'This book is an action packed adventure story which I really enjoyed and found very exciting to read.'
  • Edward Bailey, age 11 - 'Definitely not my favourite book in the world, could do with improvements but I can accept it.'
  • Stephanie Chaplin, age 9 - 'I recommend this book for ages 10+ because some of the words were difficult and some parts were hard to understand.'


Fenn Halflin and the Fearzero by Francesca Armour-Chelu

First in a chilling adventure series about a sinking world in which 13 year old Fenn Halflin, the last seaborn realises when he is separated from his grandfather that it is only he who can save the world from the ruthless Terra Ferma.

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.

Fans of Percy Jackson and Artemis Fowl will love it as will all those with a real sense of adventure.


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 instalment [...] 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. 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

About the Author

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.

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Book Info


304 pages
Interest Age: From 9


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Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

2nd June 2016




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