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The Tail of Emily Windsnap (Emily Windsnap #1)

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  14,582 ratings  ·  1,307 reviews
A young girl learns she’s half mermaid and plunges into a scheme to reunite with her father in this entrancing, satisfying tale that beckons readers far below the waves.
For as long as she can remember, twelve-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 finall
Hardcover, 211 pages
Published April 12th 2004 by Candlewick Press (first published 2003)
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A fascinating book about a girl who discovers herself is a mermaid, and she explores the secrets of her life.
Very, very cute book about a girl who, at the age of twelve, has never been fully immersed in water. Although she lives on a house boat, her mother is deathly afraid of water so Emily's never been swimming. The boat is so small there's no room for a bathtub. When she finally takes swimming lessons in school, low and behold she discovers she's a mermaid. Well, sort of...she's got legs when she's out of water, and a tail when she's immersed in water.

Emily is especially endearing because she's alwa
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The Tail of Emily Windsnap is an enchanting story about a girl, Emily, who is part mermaid. She does not realize that she is different until she takes a swim class in seventh grade. When she gets into the water she grows a tail and becomes a mermaid. Emily tries to understand why she is like this as she swims through the ocean. Luckily she meets a good friend underwater, and starts to explore her past. Emily and her friend work together to solve her family mysteries while building their friendsh ...more
Sarah Little
The Tail of Emily Windsnap is a great fantasy book about a 12 - year - old girl discovering who she is. All of her life Emily has stayed away from oceans and pools, thanks to her mother's warning of water being dangerous and scary. Finally, in her PE swim class, Emily is forced to swim and learns she is part mermaid. She doesn't tell anyone and quickly gets out of the water before any of her classmates can notice her long, beautiful tail. After many nights of sneaking out of her house, she disco ...more
Jul 11, 2008 EMMY rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: girls the age to (8-12)
I think the book The tail of Emily Winsnap is a great book bacause it is iniersting and it is a book where a girl discovers she is a mirmade.Emily and her mom have been living on a boat her hole life.Her mom has never said a word about her father but she knows she will figer out something. One day when Emilys at a pool her legs start to cramp,and she feels as her legs come together forming a tail.She doges out of the pool and knew something strange happened.That night she sneaks away to the ocea ...more
Feb 10, 2009 Beth rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Parents to read with 8-11 yr old kids
Shelves: read-with-emma
My daughter was given this as a Birthday gift and we just finished reading together as our before bed chapter book. It was very enjoyable for me as well as for her -- a good mystery and well written too. It's always great when we find a book we both enjoy and that is appropriate for both kids and adults.
Ying Ying
Sep 29, 2007 Ying Ying rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone!
Shelves: fantasy
This is a really really good book! I brought this book along with me even when i went to Korea!! (and I live in Malaysia). Emily, a half-mermaid, tries to save her father imprisoned for having a relationship with her mother. and in the end, the happy family were together again.
it was good nothing compared to any of the twilight books but still realy good!
The book The Tail of Emily Windsnap is about a girl who finds out she is really a mermaid in the water and a person on land. Her mother doesnt really know about it but she still wants to know who her father was. Another mermaid named Shona helps her reasearch about her father and pretty soon its known that her father is imprissoned. After a long time they decide to help out and tell her mother but it seems her "Friend" has wiped out her memory. They go throguh to the King but it looks like they ...more
The Tail of Emily Windsnap
by Liz Kessler
Cindy Xu

The tail of Emily Windsnap is a tale that you would want to read over and over again. It is about a girl who finds out that she is a mermaid and she goes in seeking for her father in the sea. She meets new friends and reunits with her father. But trouble is at the end of the book when Emily gets caught. This book is amazing with alot of details and descriptions.

Do u believe in mermaids? Wouldnt it be so cool if you were like Emily Windsnap to b

Wowser. I stumbled upon this book at Barnes and Noble yesterday and have been quickly turning pages ever since. Hold on...another British author who writes youth fiction that is both fun AND intelligent? How have I missed these books by Liz Kessler? This, the first Emily Windsnap book, was published a decade ago.

While this book was written for children, it captivated this grown-up to the point of needing to know NOW. It is a rare book that delivers both suspense and satisfaction in this day and
Dawn (& Ron)
What a sparkling, fun read! Emily Windsnap is 12 years old, funny, thoughtful and at times head strong and stubborn. She is starting her first day of 7th grade. Her new middle school is ten times bigger than elementary school and so confusing to her but not everyone else, her best friend is no longer her best friend, she is being picked on and she wonders why mom has never really told her about her dad. Then she learns she has something new and different to be concerned about. What if people fin ...more
Michelle Wu
I think that this book was awsome & cool. My favorite parts are when Emily meets Shona & when Emily meets her dad (such a daughter-fatherly moment). & also when Emily's mother was sleeping in on a Sunday, - to me it's hilarious . The part that I really pictured in my head was when Emily pinched her father & they talked normally but i thought it was gonna be an awkward silence. My favorite character was Shona Silkfin, cause, she's just me, always there for her friend - like a side ...more
Apr 19, 2012 Homes rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 2nd-grade girls
You know that book you read as child and randomly find at the library and think "can it possibly be as good as I remember?" Sometimes the answer is an unequivocal yes (see: anything by Beverly Clearly), other times a disheartening no (see: the Mandie series). Sometimes they're so bad you're a bit embarrassed to admit you read and loved them in the first place. The Tail of Emily Windsnap falls squarely in the latter category with the sad addition (in my case) of no residual adoration since I neve ...more
Katrina Gudgeon
Usually I don't mind reading middle grade books. Sure the're below my level, but I usually don't let that affect my judgement. But this book was just awful. It was boring, the characters were annoying, and if you were to ask me what the basic plot of this was, I really couln't tell you. I'm glad this book was short, because I don't think I would have been able to power through it if itw as much longer than what it was.
The tail of Emily Windsnap is about a thirteen year old girl who is still figuring out who she is.When she was little her father (mysteriously)disappeared without anyone knowing where he is.One day Emily finally gets to take swimming lessons after constantly begging her mom,but when its Emily's turn to get in the water she makes an unfortunate discovery about her and who she is...a MERMAID!!!!!

The book was really good. Although there were some parts where I was completely lost in and didn't know
This was one of the best books. It is about a girl named Emily Windsnap. She is just a normal girl, well she thinks she is normal. She has never been swimming in her life or has never even been in a bath tub full of water. Emily lives on a boat but never goes swimming in the she begs and begs her mom to let her take swimming lessons that are being held at her jr.high. When she starts her swimming lessons she realizes that she is a really natural swimmer...................... Emily only ...more
Apr 02, 2008 Brandy rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children and book lovers
Shelves: childrens
My daughter Emilee got this book as a gift from my mom along with the second one in the series. She tried to read it and it was too boring for her. I decided that I would give it a try. I will say that the first 4-5 chapters really go into too much detail describing surroundings (which is why Emilee didn't like it) but once you are past that, the story is actually quite good. It is a childrens book and not deep. Sometimes when I read a childrens book I find myself loving the story but getting re ...more
Corynne G
The Tale of Emily Windsnap is about a girl named Emily. She lives with her mom in a small house boat. Her mom and dad divorced a couple years ago when she was very little. Emily has always liked to swim, but her mom never let her. One day she took a swim lesson at her school and something very strange happend when she got into the water. A couple days after she swam she found out that she was half human half mermaid.
I give this book 4 stars because it was a really interesting book and it's ver
A young girl finds out the truth about her father, whom she hasn't even met. Very original plot, isn't it? The action is predictable and even mawkish, especially at the end.
I expected an interesting construction of the world ruled by mermaids, but it was described superficially - the colours and shapes of fish and seaweeds was the main thing that we know about the place of the action. Some elements are also completely naive - for example, how could laptops work under water? Moreover, how coul
This seemed like a story someone would write if they were told they HAD to put out another book in a certain time frame, so they just picked a formula and threw it together. It had very little development behind it. And I didn't find the characters believable, which was too bad, because even a formulaic story (which, let's face it, stories are basically formulaic) can be saved if the characters are believable. So this was a disappointing first encounter with Liz Kessler books, which looked promi ...more
Grace Pedersen
I almost forgot about this series... Until i was looking through my book selves and realised THESE BOOKS ARE AMAZING. The Tail of Emily Windsnap series are amazing i would reread this series over and over again... that is what I'm doing right now.. Liz Kessler is an amazing and very talented author
Juliette Molina
This is a very good book, but some parts are a little boring. This book was loved by my mom and some of my friends. I loved the personality of Emily Windsnap and all her friends. I liked the discriptev words they yoused to describe the water and all the tails.
I first read this book in 5th grade and ended up re-reading it and buying the box set in high school for the nostalgia. As a children's book I really loved it so much and it just fed my still on-going dream of being a mermaid.
I think this book is based on an unfortunate misunderstanding. That poor girl was afraid that people would lock her up in a cage and study her if they found out she was a mermaid. There seems to be a lot of stories about people who feel this way. I wonder if it's a common lie told to people by their mothers: "If people find out ____ about you, they'll lock you in a cage and study you." Perhaps it was someone else who gave her this idea though, because her mother seemed like a kind woman. In any ...more
Best book loved it. Really good I loved how Liz Kessler wrote Swishy instead of awesome. Very good! Very swishy :)
Loved it.
A delightful "tail" of a story. I enjoyed reading it and plan to read more of this series, but there were things about it that I didn't like all that much and thought could have been better. The ending at least left me satisfied. I felt like it was easy to guess what they would say or do next. I don't think this will be a book for me to read over again, unless it's years and years from now. The writing didn't seem the best too. What will keep me reading this series is the fact that it involves t ...more
Glad I got that over with! Now I can say I read it. Hooray for me. Anyway, let's dive right in to this review, shall we?

This book was boring, predictable, shallow (no pun intended), and patronizing in the sense that the overall intelligence level seemed to assume only morons would be reading it. I get that this is a children's book but even judged by that standard it felt watered down (no pun intended). It doesn't even clear the hurdle of fluffy, no-brainpower-required read, because it's obvious
The Tail of Emily Windsnap, is a book about a girl who really wants to find her father. Emily is the main character. She is 12 years old and she has grown up without a father. Her internal struggle is that she wishes she had a father. Her external struggle is that her mother doesn't remember anything about her father.
During my time reading this book I made a text-to-world connection. There was a part in the book where Emily was letting a girl name Mandy intimidate her. It reminded me of people
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Liz Kessler is the author of three novels about Philippa Fisher as well as the NEW YORK TIMES best-selling Emily Windsnap series. She lives in Manchester, England.
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Other Books in the Series

Emily Windsnap (6 books)
  • Emily Windsnap and the Monster from the Deep (Emily Windsnap, #2)
  • Emily Windsnap and the Castle in the Mist (Emily Windsnap, #3)
  • Emily Windsnap and the Siren's Secret (Emily Windsnap, #4)
  • Emily Windsnap and the Land of the Midnight Sun (Emily Windsnap, #5)
  • Emily Windsnap and the Ship of Lost Souls (Emily Windsnap, #6)

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“The tail of Emily Windsnap"everyone has a secret . mines alittle different. i figured out i am a mermaid.” 23 likes
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