Title: The Tail of Emily Windsnap
Author: Liz Kessler
Reviewed by: Sheridan K., Grade IV
Rating: *** 1/2
Emily lives on a houseboat with her mother. When she goes swimming for the first time in seventh grade, she finds out she's half mermaid.
She sneaks out one night into the ocean and meets another mermaid named Shona who becomes her friend. They go on an adventure to find Emily's father who was imprisoned by King Neptune because he married a human. Emily has a couple of enemies who make it hard for her to find her father.
The message of the book is that nothing is stronger than love and you should never give up.
This book is mostly set in the ocean. Of course, that's important because of the magical sea characters.
The time seems like now.
Emily has brown hair that she is growing out. When she is on land she has legs and when she is in the water she has a tail. She learns to keep on trying even if things seem difficult.
There are small black and white illustrations at the beginning of each chapter. They go nicely with the book because they are sea themed. They gave me an idea of what things looked like. For example, one picture was of the dock where Emily's houseboat was.
I really liked this book. I think other girls my age would enjoy reading it because the two main characters are girl mermaids. But boys might like it too, especially because it has King Neptune in it and it's an adventure story.
This is the first book in a series and I've already started reading another one of the books.
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