Emily Windsnap

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Emily Windsnap
The Tail of Emily Windsnap cover.jpg

Series Order:
The Tail of Emily Windsnap
Emily Windsnap and the Monster from the Deep
Emily Windsnap and the Castle in the Mist
Emily Windsnap and the Siren's Secret
Emily Windsnap and the Land of the Midnight Sun
Emily Windsnap and the Ship of Lost Souls
Emily Windsnap and the Falls of Forgotten Island
Emily Windsnap and the Pirate Prince
AuthorLiz Kessler
IllustratorSarah Gibb, Natacha Ledwidge
Cover artistSarah Gibb
CountryUnited Kingdom
GenreFiction
PublisherOrion Children's Books; Candlewick Press (US)
Published2003–present
Media typePrint (paperback), ebook, audiobook
No. of books8 in the main series

Emily Windsnap is a series of children's fantasy novels written by British author Liz Kessler, inaugurated by The Tail of Emily Windsnap in 2003 and continuing as of 2019. It is illustrated primarily by Sarah Gibb and published by Orion in Britain, Candlewick in America. The series originated as a poem that Kessler was writing about a "little girl who lived on a boat but had a big secret"; an editor recommended that Kessler turn the poem into a book.[1]

The series follows the adventures of twelve-year-old Emily Windsnap after she discovers that she is half mermaid in the first book and is targeted towards ages eight to twelve.

Summary[edit]

Emily Windsnap lives aboard a boat with her mother. After years of her mother trying to keep her out of the water, her mother gives Emily permission to take up swimming lessons when she turns thirteen. Everything is going well until Emily's legs start cramping and she needs to be rescued. After investigating this mysterious turn of events by going out and swimming on her own, Emily finds that once the cramps settle her legs turn into a mermaid’s tail. Emily realizes she is Semi-Mer and sets out to discover her family history and find her father. On the way she makes friends with a full mermaid named Shona Silkfin who teaches her about the world of mermaids under the sea. She learns that marriage between merpeople and humans is illegal, and that her father is in prison.

Bibliography[edit]

Main series[edit]

  1. The Tail of Emily Windsnap (2003), illustrated by Sarah Gibb[2][3][4]
    • Emily discovers she is a mermaid and goes on a quest to find her missing father.
  2. Emily Windsnap and the Monster from the Deep (2004), illus. Sarah Gibb[5][6]
    • Emily tries to impress her new mermaid friends but ends up waking the kraken.
  3. Emily Windsnap and the Castle in the Mist (2006), illus. Natacha Ledwidge[7][8]
    • Emily falls victim to an ancient curse and may have to chose between staying human or becoming a full mermaid. ily falls victim to an ancient curse and may have to chose between being staying human or becoming a full mermaid.m
  4. Emily Windsnap and the Siren's Secret (2009), illus. Natacha Ledwidge[9][10]
    • Emily goes on a quest to try and find the missing sirens. ily goes on a quest to find the missing sirensm
  5. Emily Windsnap and the Land of the Midnight Sun (2012), illus. Natacha Ledwidge[11]
    • Emily and Aron go on a top secret mission to the frozen north.
  6. Emily Windsnap and the Ship of Lost Souls (2015), illus. Sarah Gibb[12]
    • A mysterious ship appears and disappear throughout the day and answers only prompt more questions. Emily takes on a new mission to help the people of Atlantis. mysterious ship appears and disappear throughout the day and answers only prompt more questions. Emily takes on a new mission to help the people of Atlantis.
  7. Emily Windsnap and the Falls of Forgotten Island (2018), illus. Erin Farley
    • Even on vacation, adventure follows Emily as she falls into the other side of a waterfall and finds herself on a forgotten island with prophecies and devastation.
  8. Emily Windsnap and the Pirate Prince (2019), illus. Erin Farley
    • Emily goes on a quest with a crew of pirates to save Aron from rival pirates.

Companion books[edit]

  • Emily Windsnap's Friendship Book, illus. Sarah Gibb (Orion Children's Books, 2008), OCLC 191891106; US title, Emily Windsnap's Fin-tastic Friendship Book (Candlewick Press, 2009), OCLC 244417161

References[edit]

The Horn Book and School Library Journal reviews are linked here via BookVerdict.com, which displays some bibliographic data and publisher summaries; the reviews require subscription and login. Booklist reviews require subscription or limited free trial and login.

  1. ^ "New Cornish home for top author". BBC. 23 October 2009. Retrieved 4 September 2013.
  2. ^ "Children's Review: THE TAIL OF EMILY WINDSNAP". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 4 September 2013.
  3. ^ "Review: The Tail of Emily Windsnap". Booklist. Retrieved 4 September 2013.
  4. ^ "Reviews: The Tail of Emily Windsnap". Horn Book Guide, School Library Journal. Retrieved 4 September 2013.
  5. ^ "Review: Emily Windsnap and the Monster from the Deep". Booklist. Retrieved 4 September 2013.
  6. ^ "Review: Emily Windsnap and the Monster from the Deep". Horn Book Guide, School Library Journal. Retrieved 4 September 2013.
  7. ^ "Review: Emily Windsnap and the Castle in the Mist". Booklist. Retrieved 4 September 2013.
  8. ^ "Review: Emily Windsnap and the Castle in the Mist". Horn Book Guide, School Library Journal. Retrieved 4 September 2013.
  9. ^ "Review: Emily Windsnap and the Siren's Secret". Booklist. Retrieved 4 September 2013.
  10. ^ "Review: Emily Windsnap and the Siren's Secret". Horn Book Guide, School Library Journal. Retrieved 4 September 2013.
  11. ^ "Review: Emily Windsnap and the Land of the Midnight Sun". Booklist. Retrieved 4 September 2013.
  12. ^ "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.

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