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The Tail of Emily Windsnap by Liz Kessler
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The Tail of Emily Windsnap (2003)

by Liz Kessler

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This is an entertaining, original fairytale for all those who haven’t been satisfied since Ariel. Emily’s character is feisty, but kind. She’s teased at school for her strange behavior around water, but she stands up to the snarky girls and in the end, also stands her ground with King Neptune. More than anything she just wants to find the father who stole her mother’s heart 12 years ago.

Emily’s mother has kept her out of the water her whole life, but when her PE class takes up swimming, she’s finally going to get the chance. In the water, it feels like her legs are fusing. She freaks out, but takes note. Since she and her mom live on a boat, she goes into the water again late one night. She grows a fishtail and meets another mermaid. The two become best friends and begin to wonder about the mystery surrounding Emily’s father. It’s forbidden and punishable for merpeople to mingle with humans, but Shona is sure she has heard the name Windsnap before. Once Emily realizes her father did not abandon her, she becomes obsessed with finding him. It won’t be easy. He’s a merman after all, and Neptune is not a fan of humans.

There’s just enough conflict to keep the reader invested and rooting for the heroine. The fairytale quality is refreshing in today’s flooded dysfunctional book market. Based on the number of books in this series, you can bet kids will be back for more. Recommended. ( )
  valorrmac | Sep 21, 2018 |
This book is about a girl who lives on a boat with her mom. Her mom wanted to keep her a way from water for as long as she could but surprisingly Emily had wanted to take swimming lessons and her mom finally agreed to let it happen. The young girl was very curious to figure out when she couldn't feel her legs at one point but her coach had helped her out. Basically, the girl finds out that she is a half mermaid and half human. I thought that it was a really cool book. If I was teaching elementary school, I would use this book as an assignment and have the kids do a book report on it. ( )
  MsYvette83 | Sep 16, 2018 |
I'd have loved this book when I was 12. :) Safly, I'm about 14 years too old for it (but read it anyway!) ( )
  ElleyOtter | Nov 28, 2017 |
It was very good ( )
  KatieNT03 | Jun 2, 2017 |
This book is about a girl who, even though she lives on a boat with her mother, has never been allowed to swim. Since their boat only has a shower, she's actually never been submerged in water, even in a bathtub. When she starts swimming lessons at school, an odd thing happens...she starts to develop a tail. The book tells the story of why Emily Windsnap is part mermaid, and why her mother never talks about her father. My stepdaughter liked it when she was younger. I like it's descriptions of sea life, the colors of the mermaids and their buildings, and I think Emily's insecurities and feelings are pretty typical for a child of her age. It's a cute book for the reading level it's written for, about 3rd grade, but it's not a children's book that transcends its genre. The cover art and small beginning of chapter sketches are very cute. There is no profanity or risque behavior in this book, and I think any little girl would like it. ( )
  gildaclone | Jan 7, 2017 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0763628115, Paperback)

"Liz Kessler makes a splash with this tightly written, highly imaginative debut." — FAMILYFUN

For as long as she can remember, twelve-year-old Emily Windsnap has lived on a boat. And, oddly enough, for just as long, her mother has seemed anxious to keep her away from the water. But when Mom finally agrees to let her take swimming lessons, Emily makes a startling discovery - about her own identity, the mysterious father she's never met, and the thrilling possibilities and perils shimmering deep below the water's surface. With a sure sense of suspense and richly imaginative details, first-time author Liz Kessler lures us into a glorious undersea world where mermaids study shipwrecks at school and Neptune rules with an iron trident - an enchanting fantasy about family secrets, loyal friendship, and the convention-defying power of love.

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After finally convincing her mother that she should take swimming lessons, twelve-year-old Emily discovers a terrible and wonderful secret about herself that opens up a whole new world.

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