Sunday, 9 September 2012

The Tail of Emily Windsnap by Liz Kessler (Children's, 9 years +, 10/10 )

This edition 2012 (original 2004)  Orion Children's
232 pages, Paperback
Review copy

Themes: life on a house boat, creepy neighbour, being different, single Parent family, sneaking out, making friends, family secrets, taking great risk to find out the truth, deception, poison, exile, breaking into prison, being sentenced, lots oof amazing sights, some humour, some great peril

Summary from Orion

Emily Windsnap's first magical adventure, centred around mermaids, friendship and family.

 Emily Windsnap lives on a boat, but her mother has always been oddly anxious to keep her out of the water. It is only when Emily has her first school swimming lesson that she discovers why: as soon as she gets into the water, she grows a tail!
Soon Emily discovers a glorious underwater world of fishes, coral, shipwrecks and mermaids, and, best of all, she finds a best friend! With mermaid Shona Silkfin by her side, Emily uncovers a surprising family secret and embarks on a quest to reunite her mum and dad.

Nayuleska's thoughts
It is a true pleasure to read this series, and be a part of the short blog tour stopping here on 13th September. I've only really read mermaid stories which have a central theme of love. It's wonderful to have it based on discovering who you and friendship.

Every revelation made me more and more happy for Emily. I worked out a few plot elements, but the end was a huge surprise. It is full of peril and anticipation, with the drama making me hold my breath a lot. There is a whole new life for Emily to discover, and Im diving straight into book 2 of this 10/10 series.

You can find out more on Liz's website.

Suggested read
For other mermaids (for older readers) try Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs

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