Emily Windsnap

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Emily Windsnap
The Tail of Emily Windsnap cover.jpg
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
Author Liz Kessler
Illustrator Sarah Gibb, Natacha Ledwidge
Cover artist Sarah Gibb
Country United Kingdom
Genre Fiction
Publisher Orion Children's Books; Candlewick Press (US)
Published 2003–present
Media type Print (paperback), ebook, audiobook

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 2015. 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]

Alternatively, Emily Windsnap is the main character of the series, a girl who is half mermaid.

Synopsis[edit]

Emily Windsnap lives aboard a boat with her mother, with no idea who her father is or what happened to him. When she turns thirteen, her mother gives her permission to take swimming lessons, which start off well, until Emily's legs start cramping and she needs to be rescued. Curious, she tries swimming on her own; after the cramps settle in again, she finds her legs are turning into a tail. Emily realizes she is half-mermaid 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]
  2. Emily Windsnap and the Monster from the Deep (2004), illus. Sarah Gibb[5][6]
  3. Emily Windsnap and the Castle in the Mist (2006), illus. Natacha Ledwidge[7][8]
  4. Emily Windsnap and the Siren's Secret (2009), illus. Natacha Ledwidge[9][10]
  5. Emily Windsnap and the Land of the Midnight Sun (2012), illus. Natacha Ledwidge[11]
  6. Emily Windsnap and the Ship of Lost Souls (2015), illus. Sarah Gibb[12]

Companion books[edit]

  • Emily Windsnap's Friendship Book, illus. Sarah Gibb (Orion Children's Books, 2008), OCLC 191891106; U.S. 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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