Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Emily Windsnap and the Siren's Secret by Liz Kessler (Children's, 9 years +, 10/10)

This edition 2012, Orion Children's
296 pages, Paperback
Review copy

Themes: life for mermaids, making compromises, forgiveness, renewing friendships, keep trying even when success doesn't happen the first few times, scheming villains, prejudice, the power of a mob, faith, trust, scary dangers, mild romance, some humour, tissues are needed

Summary from Orion

Emily Windsnap goes in search of the long lost sirens in this fourth magical adventure, full of friendship, mermaids and magic.

Emily is delighted when her family returns to Brightport, but their attempts to follow Neptune's orders to bring humans and merfolk together seem doomed.

Thrown out of mermaid school and scorned by her old enemy, Mandy Rushton, Emily goes in search of the lost sirens who were banished by Neptune to a top secret undersea cavern.

Only when she uncovers the sirens' true story can she put the pieces of her own life back together.

Nayuleska's thoughts
I thought Emily was special and had wanted her to have a special power, so it was amazing when my wish came true. Unfortunately with power comes responsibility and hardship.

Emily had to deal with two people who she'd hated for years. Turning the other fin and forgiving them was pretty tough. But when she did it, she learned a valuable skill. Plus she knew more about the two people and realised they weren't so bad after all.

Sadly Millie isnt in the final showdown with Neptune, but it was still extremely dramatic. Shona and Emily go through a realistic rough patch, but friendship wins in the end. There is an anti-mermaid movement that is applicable to our modern world in terms of prejudice & stereotyping. People can work together when they put in an effort & compromise.

Once again Emily's adventures remind me of one of my favourite shows, Winx. Trouble follows the Winx around as trouble follows Emily.

 Bloom ready to attack someone

The prejudice Emily faces at school happens in Winx, when Bloom is the focus of disgruntled parents due to the enemy targeting her. Friendship - and life - has plenty of ups and downs, as shown in this 10/10 read.

You can find out more on Liz's website.

Suggested read

Be sure to read the whole series which includes book 3, Emily Windsnap and the Castle in the Mist (Link to follow soon).

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