The Tail of Emily Wind­snap – Liz Kessler

The Star (St. Lucia) - - BOOK REVIEW - By Chris­tiane Beaubrun

Chil­dren’s sto­ries are mag­i­cal; they have the abil­ity to cap­ture a young mind and trans­port it to a world that in­vites cre­ativ­ity and sparks the imag­i­na­tion. “The Tail of Emily Wind­snap” is one of those books. Twelve-year-old Emily is des­per­ate to take swimming lessons. Un­be­knownst to her, there is a rea­son the water calls to her. Her mother has re­sisted un­til now, when swimming lessons are of­fered to her sev­enth grade class. Emily ex­cit­edly puts on her swim­suit and ig­nores the be­gin­ners group and jumps right in! Where most first-time swim­mers panic as their head is sub­merged, Emily feels calm and sur­pris­ingly calm – that is, un­til her legs start to go numb! Fren­zied, she quickly gets out and the sensation dis­ap­pears.

That night she goes to the ocean and slips into the water to fur­ther ex­plore what is hap­pen­ing to her. The numb­ing sensation returns to her legs but fight­ing down her fear, Emily re­mains in the water to dis­cover her legs turn into a tail! Emily is a mer­maid!

Emily swims all night and comes across a young mer­maid just like her, Shona, who be­comes her best friend. Emily at­tends a real mer­maid school where she learns the rules of in­ter­ac­tion be­tween mer­peo­ple and hu­mans – in­clud­ing a scan­dal that shook up the mer-world and led to the im­pris­on­ment of a mer-man named Jake Wind­snap! Their cu­rios­ity in full-mode, Emily and Shona dig a lit­tle deeper through records and dis­cover that Jake may in fact be Emily’s long lost fa­ther, who is now im­pris­oned in a re­mote lo­ca­tion. De­ter­mined to dis­cover the truth, Emily sets out to find her fa­ther; but can she do so be­fore she’s caught by the guards of Nep­tune, ruler of the mer-peo­ple?

Beau­ti­fully writ­ten, Liz Kessler de­liv­ers a chil­dren’s story that will also touch adults. “The Tail of Emily Wind­snap” con­veys the power of love, the im­por­tance of friend­ship and how to be brave and stand up to bul­lies. As the first book of a New York Times Best­Selling se­ries, “The Tail of Emily Wind­snap” is sure to be a hit with chil­dren and par­ents.

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