Title: Emily Windsnap and the Monster from the Deep
Author: Liz Kessler
Illustrator: Sarah Gibb
Reviewed by: Nikolas, Grade 4
This book is the second one about Emily Windsnap. It is not always clear who is telling the story because it is partly told by Emily Windsnap, the mermaid, and partly told by a girl named Mandy Rushtown who doesn't like Emily. When Emily is talking, the beginning of the chapter has a picture of the sea. When Mandy is talking, you see an M at the beginning with a little picture under it. In this story, there is also a monster named Kraken who is supposed to protect Allpoints Island. These three things come together because Kraken is trying to destroy a cruise ship and then captures Emily. Mandy sees when Emily is taken, and decides to try to save her. The main message is that you should like people who haven't done anything to you.
The story takes place at Allpoints Island and all around the Bermuda Triangle. On Allpoints Island, merfolk and humans live together. There are the Grand Caves where Neptune comes. There is the mermaid school where you learn about fish and which ones are bad. There are the Emerald Caves and a beautiful lagoon. There is also Kraken's cave where they awake the Kracken.
Mandy Rushton is a mean girl at first, but then she learns that it's not fun to be mean. Mandy does not start at Allpoints Island. She starts on a cruise ship that is sucked into the Bermuda Triangle and is off course. At the end, she gets to be friends with Emily because she realizes that Emily has not done anything to her and so that she could give being nice a try.
I recommend this book because it is a good story and it is adventurous and mysterious. Sometimes I was surprised, and sometimes it was exciting. The most interesting part was when the water turns glassy at the Bermuda Triangle and then the Kraken comes out. It was interesting because I never thought that water would become still before a monster came out. I would have thought that it would have been all choppy, like when Neptune comes in! I think that this book is a fraction better than The Tail of Emily Windsnap which is the first book because it has more excitement to it.
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