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For as long as she can remember, 12-year-old Emily Windsnap has lived on a boat. And, oddly enough, for just as long, her mother has seemed anxious to keep 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, about the mysterious father she's never met, and about the thrilling possibilities and perils shimmering deep below the water's surface.

With a sure sense of suspense and richly imaginative details, first-time author Liz Kessler lures us into a glorious world where mermaids study shipwrecks at school and Neptune rules with an iron trident; it's an enchanting fantasy about family secrets, loyal friendship, and the convention-defying power of love.

©2004 Liz Kessler; (P)2004 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

Critic Reviews

"This fantasy has some delightful moments." (School Library Journal)
"The premise of someone slipping easily into a shimmery underwater world has considerable allure. Light, imagination-tickling fare ideal for middle-grade girls." (Booklist)

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I LOVE it

It is amazing!! I hope everyone who reads it will love it to! It's also very long:)

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pretty good

What made the experience of listening to The Tail of Emily Windsnap the most enjoyable?

This is my first time using audio books. It did make a few of word mistakes. But over all I thought it helped me so now what I need for my project. We are comparing real mermaids and fake mermaids.<br/><br/> Love,<br/> Hannah Espinola<br/><br/>P.S.<br/>We have discovered that mermaids<br/>may still be living on earth.

What did you like best about this story?

How Emily did whatever she had to do to find her dad.

Have you listened to any of Finty Williams’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not so I do not know the answer to that question.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When there were hammer head sharks were guarding the MERMAID prison when all sharks <br/>eat mermaids.

Any additional comments?

I thought it was a really good book.

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I love mermaids

I loved this book so much because I love mermaids. They way they move and sing is just so amazing and I think the next reader will like it to.

By Isaac!

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Loved it

I loved it great book really
I think that I will buy the next book since this one was great

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Adorable

Very cute book. Emily is a lovable character, and it is a great children's book. I loved the narrator as well.

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Wonderful book!

I really loved listening to this book! It really was very impressive. It is about a normal girl who wants to take swimming lessons and turns in to a mermaid. You get an awesome beginning and a wonderful middle and a great ending. I think that the narator did an excilent job narating it. If I could, I would thank her for bringing out the story and characters. 10 on this book!

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mer-girl touches the heart of Neptune

Would you consider the audio edition of The Tail of Emily Windsnap to be better than the print version?

This is a sweet story about a mer-girl who touches the heart of King Neptune. It is well written, but I wouldn't say the narrated version is better than the readable book; because there is almost no distinction between characters and it is difficult to know who is talking.<br/>That said, the narrator has a lovely voice and I think this will be a good series.<br/><br/>It is a "tail :) " about mer people falling in love with humans, which is forbidden by King Neptune, and the punishment is life in mer-prison for the mer-person and memory wipe for the human. Emily doesn't know she is half mermaid at first, but through a desire to swim, she eventually finds out and the story is off! The story is about kindness, bulling, and redemption..in a kids sort of way. I am a grand-mother and enjoyed reading it with children (boys don't seem too interested). Highly recommend<br/>

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  • Mippa
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  • 06-15-16

Lush setting, engaging story!

While the story is simple and the characters basic, this young adult novel is a promising start to a series about mermaids that captures the whimsy of fantasy without neglecting some darker elements of the mermaid/siren mythos. I look forward to starting the next book and hope to be introduced to more of the world.

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