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Local author and librarian Francesca Armour-Chelu publishes second novel

Halesworth-based children’s author Francesca Armour-Chelu is publishing the second and concluding part of the Fenn Halflin series this week.

Published by Walker Books, Fenn Halflin and the Seaborn is the sequel to Fenn Halflin and the Fearzero which was published a year ago.

The books are set in a Suffolk-inspired futuristic flooded world. They follow the adventures of the hero Fenn Halflin and touch on the very topical themes of immigration and the environment. In Fenn Halflin and the Seaborn:

"Fenn Halflin is on the run from the brutal Terra Firma. His survival depends on finding the last of the Resistance, said to be hiding in an ancient, flooded forest. Accompanied by his faithful mongoose, Tikki, Fenn must embark on a journey that will take him deep into the treacherous marsh and closer to the secrets of his past. But as the water levels continue to rise, his mission to unite the Seaborn people has never been more desperate."

Children’s Books Ireland said of Fenn Halflin and the Fearzero: "Wearing its grim environmental warning lightly, the world Armour-Chelu has created is rich, evocative and utterly absorbing."

Francesca grew up by the Suffolk Coast. She studied English and Drama at Goldsmiths, University of London, 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 the Fenn Halflin books.

The first Fenn Halflin book was longlisted for the New Angle Prize 2017, the Branford-Boase Award 2017, the Mal Peet Children's Book Award 2016 and The Little Rebels Children's Book Award 2017. It was also shortlisted for the Mslexia Children’s Novel Competition in 2012 and was a Waverton Good Read 2017.