The Tail of Emily Windsnap
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|Format:||Paperback, 240 pages|
|Other Information: ||25 Line Drawing(s)|
|Published In: ||United Kingdom, 05 August 2004|
Emily lives on a boat, but her mother has always been oddly anxious to keep her out of the water, and it is only when she has her first school swimming lesson that she discovers it is her natural element. As soon as she gets into the sea, she grows a tail! Now Emily dives under water to explore a glorious world of fishes, coral, shipwrecks and, of course, mermaids. She finds a best friend - another mermaid. She learns how her mother fell in love with a merman, how her father was snatched away when Emily was a baby, and how her mother's memory was blocked by an agent of the merfolk. And in an unexpected and exciting denouement she reunites the family at last. This enchanting fantasy, with its vivid scenes of a brilliantly realized underwater world, tells the story of a delightful and wholly believable girl. Strongly plotted, it deals with universal themes of families, friendship, love and justice - all handled with a lightness of touch and an assurance that marks Liz Kessler out as a highly accomplished writer.
About the Author
Liz Kessler lives on a narrowboat in rural Cheshire. She has worked as a teacher and journalist and has an MA in Creative Writing. This is her first book. Sarah Gibb trained at St Martin's and then at Brighton College of Art. She is currently working on jackets for all the 'Adrian Mole' books and her distinctive work can currently be seen on posters for the 'Nanny Diaries'. She is much in demand for her designs for book jackets and has published some very successful fairy books for children as well as illustrating fiction.
'An absolutely enchanting debut - a salty splash of something fresh within the tradition of the mermaid world'. Amanda Craig 'An enchanting, original and hugely enjoyable fantasy about a high-spirited girl who discovers she's a mermaid.' Francesca Simon Hardback sales of 4500 copies. Book one of a two book sequence. A hugely attractive story, particularly for 8+ girls. The mermaid world is a big concept with universal appeal. Beautiful chapter openers by Sarah Gibb. Rights sold in twelve languages.
Gr 3-6-Twelve-year-old Emily discovers her true self and uncovers family secrets in Liz Kessler's imaginative fantasy novel (Candlewick, 2004), which begins with Emily offering to share a secret with listeners. Emily discovered she was half-mermaid when she decided to conquer her fear of swimming and found that her legs transformed into a mermaid's tail when underwater. Exploring the waters around the houseboat on which she and her mother live, Emily finds an entire mermaid world underneath the surface. The wonders of this world are described in detail, from the colors of the mermaid tails to the glowing magic of the coral reef. Guided to the land of the merfolk by her new friend, Shona, Emily learns about the history of these people and their relationship with humans, especially the so-called "illegal marriages" between the two. When Emily realizes that her merman father, who supposedly abandoned their family when Emily was a baby, was imprisoned for having a relationship with her mother, Emily sets out to free her father and reunite their family. Narrator Finty Williams reads the story with a British accent and steady pacing, and provides an excellent interpretation of the characters. Slight variations in intonation give each character a unique identity. This audiobook will appeal to young girls who enjoy a good fantasy adventure.-Casey Rondini, Hartford Public Library, CT Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
The heroine discovers she is half-mermaid in her seventh-grade swim class. "Pre-teen girls will likely bite at this novel's tempting bait," in PW's words. Ages 8-12. (Apr.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
An enchanting, original and hugely enjoyable fantasy about a high-spirited girl who discovers she's a mermaid -- Francesca Simon An absolutely enchanting debut - a salty splash of something fresh within the tradition of the mermaid world. -- Amanda Craig 10/10 NAYU'S READING CORNER
|Publisher: ||Orion Children's Books (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group|
|Dimensions: ||19.0 x 12.0 x 1.0 centimeters (0.23 kg)|