The Tail of Emily Windsnap

The Tail of Emily Windsnap

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Emily lives on a boat, but her mother has always been oddly anxious to keep her out of the water, and it is only when she has her first school swimming lesson that she discovers it is her natural element. As soon as she gets into the sea, she grows a tail! Now Emily dives under water to explore a glorious world of fishes, coral, shipwrecks and, of course, mermaids. She finds a best friend - another mermaid. She learns how her mother fell in love with a merman, how her father was snatched away when Emily was a baby, and how her mother's memory was blocked by an agent of the merfolk. And in an unexpected and exciting denouement she reunites the family at last. This enchanting fantasy, with its vivid scenes of a brilliantly realized underwater world, tells the story of a delightful and wholly believable girl. Strongly plotted, it deals with universal themes of families, friendship, love and justice - all handled with a lightness of touch and an assurance that marks Liz Kessler out as a highly accomplished more

Product details

  • 9+
  • CD-Audio
  • 126 x 142 x 24mm | 130g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Abridged
  • Abridged edition
  • CD-ROM
  • 0752872869
  • 9780752872865
  • 687,924

About Liz Kessler

Liz Kessler lives on a narrowboat in rural Cheshire. She has worked as a teacher and journalist, has an MA in Creative Writing, and now teaches on the Creative Writing course at Manchester University. Teresa Gallagher is a familiar voice to listeners of BBC Radio, having recorded numerous plays and audiobooks. On television, she has presented the BBC children's series Playdays. She has also read the Emily Windsnap and Meg Cabot titles for Orion more

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A wonderfully inventive story EXPRESS Emily is a spirited girl, more than equal to the delightful cast of eccentrics given voice here by Tessa Gallagher, and the descriptions of how she finds justice, friendship, and a father kept prisoner by King Neptune, are intertwined with mesmerising descriptions of underwater scenery. As rich and strange as anything in THE LITTLE MERMAID, it is perfect for keeping boys and girls of eight and over in suspended animation all the way to the coast. THE INDEPENDENTshow more

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17,667 ratings
3.88 out of 5 stars
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4 32% (5,647)
3 26% (4,546)
2 7% (1,238)
1 2% (294)
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