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The Tail of Emily Windsnap

(Emily Windsnap #1)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  19,444 ratings  ·  1,771 reviews
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 her away from the water. But when Mom finally agrees to let her take swimming lessons, Emily makes a startling discovery - about her own identity, the mysterious father she's never met, and the thrilling possibiliti ...more
Paperback, 209 pages
Published April 27th 2010 by Candlewick Press (first published 2003)
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Jul 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Emily Windsnap’s life changes in a split second during swim practice.

You see, she’s a mermaid. But she had no idea. And when she discovers the truth, she opens herself to a whole new world of uncertainties and secrets waiting to be discovered.

Such as, where is her father? Why did he leave her? Was it even his choice?

Emily is a lot like the heroine from HAVE YOU SEEN JESSICA JENKINS? from the same author. She’s energetic, curious, courageous and adventurous. They also have the same voice.

I liked
Mary ♥
Dec 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: faves
Let's be honest, this book helped me be strong through bullying, with its magical worlds
(first 'review')

Eighth reread:
Still the same strong feeling of warmth, peace and safeness
this means so much to me I cannot even describe it
It gave me the strength to love myself, and smile again, and it taught me to be brave and hope for the best.
And yes, I know this is not a proper review
So, I am just going to let a little something in here, that hopefully will make you understand how I feel about this

Apr 29, 2010 rated it it was ok
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Arin ⭐
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: four-star-reads
It's amazing how a book can immediately transport you back to childhood.
Mar 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing
A fascinating book about a girl who discovers herself is a mermaid, and she explores the secrets of her life.
Kate Willis
One of my younger sisters and I discovered this book at the thrift store a few weeks ago, and the gorgeous cover and quirky title intrigued us both. I decided to give it a try. ;)

Since my thoughts on this book are pretty 50/50, I’ll start with what I disliked so we can end on a positive note. ;)

Things I Disliked
1. This is a mermaid book, so Neptune (a.k.a. Poseidon) was inevitable. He was accurately unpredictable like all characters in mythology are, and it was flippantly mentioned that he had m
Aug 27, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
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
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.
Hannah Youngblood
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever wanted to be a mermaid? Well, this will be the perfect book for you. This book talks all about mermaids and a mermaid’s life. I personally really like mermaids and that is why I like this book. This follows the adventures of Emily Windsnap as she discovers she is a mermaid.

Emily Windsnap is the main character who does not know she is a mermaid. When she has her first swimming lesson, her legs stick together and feel weird, which makes her think something is happening. It turns out
Apr 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 11, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Absolutely nobody!
Read this book to my 7 year old daughter. Had been really looking forward to reading it, & ordered it from the library, as there are follow up novels to this which we were hoping to enjoy too. I am giving this book allowances for the fact that it is a children's book, and as such is geared towards and written for a young, unsophisticated audience.

It was bad, bad, bad. I was absolutely bored to tears with the dreary, thoroughly unlikeable, two dimensional characters, and the erratic and moron
***Rated by my daughter***
Oct 27, 2009 rated it liked it
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
Apr 10, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Jul 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
May 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book because it kind of expresses how people feel while going through change even if it isn't as dramatic. This book shows that even after life changing events things can still turn out for the better. Also it describes how people this age handle things.
Seit meiner Kindheit liebe ich Arielle - Die kleine Meerjungfrau, daher bin ich auch heute noch sehr anfällig über Geschichten über Meerjungfrauen. Einige gingen daneben, aber im Kinderbuch Bereich funktionieren diese zum Glück immer sehr gut. So auch Emilys Geheimnis...

Die Geschichte ist sehr unterhaltsam und beschreibt die Entwicklung von Emily zur Meerjungfrau sehr gut, denn zu Beginn weiß sie dies noch nicht. Glücklicherweise wird nicht zu lange drumherum geredet und Emily entdeckt sehr schn
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Actual rating: 4.5

Oh my gosh, I forgot how much I loved this book! I think I was... 13(?) when I read this last? I'd planned on rereading and finishing the series at some point, but when I got approved for the 8th (8th!!) book in the series on Netgalley, the entire series got bumped to the very top of my TBR, haha. This book is filled with tabs - mostly talking about things I love. It was such a fun, quick read and I'm so excited to read the rest of the books this month!
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
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No es un libro de esos que a uno le cambian la vida, pero es bueno en el sentido de que se amolda a lo que pretende ser.

Es una novela fantástica y para chicos de 8 a 12 años. Tiene vocabulario sencillo pero no está forzado ni trata al lector como a un idiota (que a veces pasa en libros para estas edades). Tiene un lindo mensaje, una aventura atrapante (aunque todo es muy predecible) y se lee rápido.

Sep, es ideal para los lectores jóvenes. Esta es una muy buena novela para el público de la edad m
Sarah Little
Mar 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
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 09, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
Corynne G
May 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nina Ely
Jul 24, 2012 rated it it was ok
Girl discovers she turns into a mermaid in water. Fine as it goes, but I wish the mermaid society had been a *little* more imaginative. Basically, it's exactly the same as human society: kids go to school, there are shops, government, courts and jail, etc. Even the author seemed to forget they were underwater (as when a mermaid pulls out a hankie to wipe away a tear.) Just disappointing.
Feb 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
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 rated it it was amazing
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.
Mar 18, 2009 rated it liked it
it was good nothing compared to any of the twilight books but still realy good!
Sierra Brown
I think that this book could be better but the series is amazing my favorite book is Emily windsnap and the monster of the deep!!!!!!!!
I loved this book as a child, I found Emily relatable, I loved reading about her adventures and she was a rock for me when I was 13 because I'd quite abruptly ended up without a close circle of friends at the time. However, when I picked it back up last week, I breezed through it in a couple of hours, which would be great if Emily wasn't tedious to read about. I'll admit, I don't like listening to 12/13 year olds bemoan their life and how the world is against them, so reading about it in a book ...more
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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.

Other books in the series

Emily Windsnap (8 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)
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“The tail of Emily Windsnap"everyone has a secret . mines alittle different. i figured out i am a mermaid.” 24 likes
“But remember, it’s just between you and me!” 2 likes
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