Emily Windsnap and the Monster from the Deep
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An enchanting tale with a fabulous monster, engaging characters, plenty of mermaid magic, and a page-turning story, Liz Kessler's new middle-grade fantasy has all the charm and warmth of its predecessor, THE TAIL OF EMILY WINDSNAP.
Picture an island set in a glittering blue sea, sparkling with white sand and palm trees, a secret place where humans and merfolk live together and where a girl who grows a mermaid's tail when she enters the water is not considered a problem. To Emily Windsnap - half mermaid, half human - her new home is perfect. That is, until Emily ruins everything by waking a legendary sea monster known as the Kraken from its hundred-year sleep. As the Kraken rises from the deep, putting the future of the islanders in jeopardy, Emily makes a desperate attempt to save them. But how could she have dreamed that her best friend, Shona, would stop talking to her, or that Mandy Rushton, her old enemy from junior high, would turn up when least expected?
much as a goldfish since we got here! Even if I were to believe that you have seen a mermaid — which, frankly, I don’t — how in heaven do you propose to catch the thing?” Dad pulls at his net. “I haven’t got the whole plan figured out yet, have I? I’ve only just seen them. A group of them. Swimming in the deep water. One of them had gold stars shining in her tail. There was a merman too, with long black hair and a shiny silver tail. A merman! For God’s sake, Maureen!” He grips her arm again.
That’s when I see who it is. A big woman in a black cape. It’s Mystic Millie, the crazy lady who used to read palms on the pier in Brightport! What the — “A child is in trouble,” she says. “That’s all you need to know. We’ve seen things. I have seen things. And if you don’t mind my saying so, I am rather known for the accuracy of my visions. Isn’t that right, Mary Penelope?” The other woman turns her head as she nods. I duck behind a plastic box full of diving equipment before she can spot me.
living room as I was getting some breakfast. “There’s someone here for you, little ’un,” he said. “And look, I got you something.” He darted away as someone else appeared below me. Someone with long blond hair and a big smile. Shona! I shoveled a last spoonful into my mouth and jumped down through the trapdoor with a splash. My legs melted away, turning into a tail. “I couldn’t wait to see you,” Shona said, swimming toward me to hug me tight. I hugged her back. “When did you get here?” “Late
kelp. An older mermaid bustled past us. She had red hair like Marina’s, only hers was longer and frizzy. Her tail was bright yellow and tapered into soft white tassels at the end. “Don’t be out all day, Marina,” she said. “It’s jellied eel soufflé tonight and we’re eating early. I’ve got my synchro swim class at seven.” Then she smiled at Shona and me. “Hello, girls,” she added. “Welcome to Allpoints Island.” Shona and I smiled back before following the others into a small space with a soft
people called down to us from a woody hill. In the sea, merfolk smiled and greeted us as we passed them. A couple of young mer-children riding piggyback on a dolphin waved and shouted to us. We waved back. A group of mermen diving for food nodded at us on their way out to sea. A mermaid with long flowing hair streaming down her back smiled as she was pulled along by a swordfish on a leash. It was all so different — and yet so familiar. I belonged here. The fear that had gripped me since