She has worked as a teacher, teaching English and Media Studies, and has also run Creative Writing courses. Liz was also a journalist working on local and regional newspapers in both York and Manchester.
Her books are written at a level suitable for schoolchildren in grades 4 to 7.
Emily Windsnap series
The Emily Windsnap series of children's novels features a 12-year-old girl who lives alone with her mother on a boat by the seaside. When Emily takes swimming lessons, she finds out something she did not know about herself: when fully immersed in water she has a mermaid's tail. However, her mother appears to remember nothing about mermaids or even Emily's own father. Now Emily embarks on a trip through the mermaid realm to find out the truth about her, her father and mother, and the unusual Mr. Beeston, the lighthouse keeper.
The Emily Windsnap series was #10 on the New York Times Best Seller list for a new release in a children's series on 20 May 2007.
After the first three books, Kessler said she was finished with Emily Windsnap but she was convinced by her readers to continue, and Emily Windsnap and the Siren's Secret was published in October 2009. In February 2013 the fifth book, Emily Windsnap and the Land of the Midnight Sun, was released in the UK. There is expected to be a sixth book late in 2015. (The Emily Windsnap Friendship Book was released in July 2008; in the US, April 2009 as Emily Windsnap's Fin-tastic Friendship Book.)[clarification needed]
A Year Without Autumn was the first of three planned "stand alone" novels that "all deal in some way with time travel"; North of Nowhere was the second.
- A Year Without Autumn (2011)
- North of Nowhere (2013)
- Has Anyone Seen Jessica Jenkins? (2015)
- Read Me Like a Book (2015), forthcoming
The Emily Windsnap books are published by Orion Children's Books in the U.K., by Candlewick Press in the U.S. The first two are illustrated by Sarah Gibb, who continues to provide the cover art. The third to fifth books are illustrated by Natacha Ledwidge.
- The Tail of Emily Windsnap (2003)
- Emily Windsnap and the Monster from the Deep (2004)
- Emily Windsnap and the Castle in the Mist (2006)
- Emily Windsnap and the Siren's Secret (2010)
- Emily Windsnap and the Land of the Midnight Sun (2012)
- Emily Windsnap and the Ship of Lost Souls (2015), forthcoming
The Philippa Fisher books are illustrated by Katie May.
- Philippa Fisher's Fairy Godsister (2008)
- Philippa Fisher and the Dream-Maker's Daughter (2009)
- Philippa Fisher and the Stone Fairy's Promise (2010); US title omits "Stone"
Poppy the Pirate Dog
Illustrated by Mike Phillips and published by Orion.
- Poppy the Pirate Dog (2012) OCLC 778327224
- Poppy the Pirate Dog's New Shipmate (2013)
- Poppy the Pirate Dog and the Missing Treasure (forthcoming)
- BBC. "Writing for young adults". Retrieved 4 April 2011.
- Select cover images from Kessler's homepage, "Welcome to my website!" (lizkessler.co.uk). Retrieved 22 April 2015.
Date 2013? North of Nowhere is called "New Book" at the homepage (on mouseover) and at its pop-up message (on click).
- Norfolk, Pam (21 April 2011). "Book review: A Year without Autumn by Liz Kessler". Longridge Today. Retrieved 4 September 2013.
- "In Which I Totally Indulge Myself, My Publisher, My Favourite Mermaid and a Ghost Ship". Liz Kessler. 24 February 2015. An Awfully Big Blog Adventure (http://awfullybigblogadventure.blogspot.co.uk). Retrieved 22 April 2015.
- Official website
- Search 'liz kessler' at Kirkus – contemporary reviews archived
- Liz Kessler at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
- Liz Kessler at Library of Congress Authorities, with 17 catalogue records (2004–2015)