The Tail of Emily Windsnap (Hardcover)

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The enchanting first tale in the New York Times best-selling series is now available in a beautiful twentieth-anniversary edition poised to captivate a new generation.

For as long as she can remember, twelve-year-old Emily Windsnap has lived on a boat. And, oddly enough, for just as long, her mother has anxiously kept Emily away from the water. But when Mom finally agrees to let her take swimming lessons, Emily makes a startling discovery—about her own identity, the mysterious father she’s never met, and the thrilling possibilities and perils shimmering deep below the water’s surface. In a lovely twentieth-anniversary edition of the spellbinding fantasy about family secrets, loyal friendship, and the convention-defying power of love, New York Times best-selling author Liz Kessler lures us into a glorious undersea world where mermaids study shipwrecks at school and Neptune rules with an iron trident. This deluxe unjacketed hardcover features a ribbon bookmark, decorative stained edges, an author’s note, facts about mermaids, and a personality quiz to reveal what kind of sea creature the reader might be.
Liz Kessler lives in England, and has worked as a teacher, journalist, and editorial consultant. She says she first knew she wanted to become a writer at the age of nine, when she had a poem published in a local newspaper. The Tail of Emily Windsnap, her first children’s book, grew out of a poem she wrote about a mermaid.
Product Details ISBN: 9781536230482
ISBN-10: 1536230480
Publisher: Candlewick
Publication Date: September 12th, 2023
Pages: 224
Language: English
Series: Emily Windsnap
Pre-teen girls will likely bite at this novel's tempting bait.
—Publishers Weekly

Light, imagination-tickling fare ideal for middle-grade girls, with charming ink-wash illustrations scattered throughout.

Middle school girls . . . will enjoy the tale.

There is no denying the siren-like allure of mermaid stories. . . . Gibb's spot art has a fluid delicacy that adds much to the watery ambience.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Liz Kessler makes a splash with this tightly written, highly imaginative debut.

—The Wall Street Journal

Liz Kessler creates an engaging heroine, full of funny asides and derring-do, and a sparkling, fast-paced story with more plot twists than a mermaid's flipping tale.
—Washington Parent

Kessler has a wonderful new "tail" she has woven with Emily...There is enough mystery that you keep reading for more… It is a book that leaves you wanting more Emily.

One of the more imaginative tales I have ever read.
—5 Minutes for Books blog