The Tail of Emily Windsnap

  • by Liz Kessler
  • Narrated by Finty Williams
  • 4 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

For as long as she can remember, 12-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 finally agrees to let her take swimming lessons, Emily makes a startling discovery about her own identity, about the mysterious father she's never met, and about the thrilling possibilities and perils shimmering deep below the water's surface. With a sure sense of suspense and richly imaginative details, first-time author Liz Kessler lures us into a glorious world where mermaids study shipwrecks at school and Neptune rules with an iron trident; it's an enchanting fantasy about family secrets, loyal friendship, and the convention-defying power of love.


What the Critics Say

"This fantasy has some delightful moments." (School Library Journal)
"The premise of someone slipping easily into a shimmery underwater world has considerable allure. Light, imagination-tickling fare ideal for middle-grade girls." (Booklist)


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It is amazing!! I hope everyone who reads it will love it to! It's also very long:)
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- Nina

mer-girl touches the heart of Neptune

Would you consider the audio edition of The Tail of Emily Windsnap to be better than the print version?

This is a sweet story about a mer-girl who touches the heart of King Neptune. It is well written, but I wouldn't say the narrated version is better than the readable book; because there is almost no distinction between characters and it is difficult to know who is talking.
That said, the narrator has a lovely voice and I think this will be a good series.

It is a "tail :) " about mer people falling in love with humans, which is forbidden by King Neptune, and the punishment is life in mer-prison for the mer-person and memory wipe for the human. Emily doesn't know she is half mermaid at first, but through a desire to swim, she eventually finds out and the story is off! The story is about kindness, bulling, and a kids sort of way. I am a grand-mother and enjoyed reading it with children (boys don't seem too interested). Highly recommend

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- LCNanny

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-25-2004
  • Publisher: Listening Library