Calling mermaid lovers ...

Summary:

Emily Windsnap (12) lives with her mother on a little houseboat called King of the Sea. When she is offered an opportunity to be on the school swim team, Emily persuades her mother, who is terrified of water despite their living situation, to let her take lessons. On the first day, as soon as Emily goes underwater, her legs freeze up. Her coach tells her it is a normal reaction for a first-time swimmer, but when she sneaks off her boat later that night and goes into the water, she is shocked to realize that her legs had combined into a tail as soon as they went underwater.

Now she can't get enough of the water. On a swim in the ocean, Emily meets Shona Silkfin, who introduces her to an underwater world of mermaids. Shona also tells her that her father didn't abandon her. He is a merman, and Neptune imprisoned him for falling in love with a human, her mother. For some reason, her mom has no memory of her father or the merworld. As Emily tries to figure out why her mother can’t remember who she fell in love with, she starts to realize that some of the people she trusts are the ones behind it all.


BTSYA / Teen Reader (13):
This is a book for anyone who likes mermaids and stories about true love. Personally, I found the plot kind of boring. None of the characters were very interesting or dynamic to me, either. It might have hooked me when I was little, but it will be pretty boring and predictable for anyone my age or older.

Even so, it is a sweet story and an overall decent read. I would recommend the Emily Windsnap series as a gift for younger kids who like mermaids. Otherwise, borrowing from the library is fine. There is no sensitive content, and the book’s audience is mainly young kids, so I would say it is for ages 7 and up.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Readers who like sweet stories and mermaids (!) will find this a fun, magical adventure.

Content Awareness Factors:

None noted.


Type of Book:
This is the first book in a series about a girl who is half mermaid, half human.
Educational Themes:

This is a book for reading aloud with young children. As you finish a chapter, pause and ask them to imagine what will happen next, whether it is Emily, one of the other main characters, or an event.

Reading Level:
3.8
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
9 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
8 and Up
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer's Age: 13
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow, unless you are reading with a young (8-10 year old) mermaid lover. Then it is a buy.

Title The Tail of Emily Windsnap
About

Emily Winsnap, Book 1 of 9

Author Liz Kessler
Publisher Candlewick Press, Walker Books Group © 2010
ISBN 9780763628116
Material Paperback
Cost $7.00
Genres Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Mythology
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