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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 570L (What's this?)
  • Series: Emily Windsnap
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; Reprint edition (April 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763633011
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763633011
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #833,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 4-6–Emily is ecstatic. In The Tail of Emily Windsnap (Candlewick, 2004), she learns that she is a mermaid and reunites her human mother with her merman father. Now, the happy family is going to live together on an island smack dab in the center of the Bermuda Triangle. King Neptune himself has designated Allpoints Island as a safe place where humans and merfolk can coexist in peace. Even better, Emily's mermaid buddy Shona is moving to the island as well. Unfortunately, Emily is still feeling a little different as she is the only half-human/half-mermaid hybrid she knows. In an attempt to impress the others, she unwittingly unleashes a monster sleeping at the heart of the island. To put it to rest, she must now face not only her fears but also her old rival from middle school, Mandy Rushton. Constantly shying away from taking responsibility for her actions, Emily opts for the path of least resistance time and again, only stopping the murderous kraken when forced to do so. The book comes across as overly simplistic much of the time and relies too heavily on coincidence and some unbelievably cheery endings. Just the same, mermaid lovers everywhere will undoubtedly enjoy this story. Consider purchase if the first book is popular.–Elizabeth Bird, New York Public Library
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist

Gr. 4-7. The daughter of a woman and a merman, Emily is a girl on land and a mermaid in the water. Now the family lives on Allpoints Island, safe from the curious inquiries of humans and accepted by the merpeople community. In this sequel to The Tail of Emily Windsnap (2004), our heroine's insatiable curiosity lands her in hot water. While investigating a mysterious lagoon smack in the middle of the ocean, Emily inadvertently rouses the dreaded monster Kracken. A vengeful Neptune, king of the ocean realm, visits the merpeople to express outrage at this turn of events: the Kracken was not supposed to awaken for another eight years, and now destruction threatens the island colony. Emily needs to fess up to her deed and take on the responsibility of calming the creature, a task rife with complications. High-action adventure, a plucky protagonist, and whimsical illustrations enliven this sea fantasy, which will be most thoroughly appreciated by series followers. Anne O'Malley
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Liz Kessler used to live in Manchester but had taken a year off to travel around Europe in a camper van. She studied English at Loughborough University, has worked as a teacher and a journalist and has an MA in Creative Writing from Manchester Metropolitan University.

Customer Reviews

My 6 year old loves loves loves this book.
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I would recommend this to anyone who likes mystery, fantasy, or adventure novels.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By KidsReads on May 31, 2006
Format: Hardcover
We first met 12-year-old Emily in THE TAIL OF EMILY WINDSNAP and learned her secret: she's half-mermaid, half-human. Emily, however, never knew this secret herself until she took swimming lessons. Not only does she discover her fishy genes, she also learns that her father, a merman, didn't abandon her as a baby after all. Instead, he was imprisoned by the angry ruler of the oceans, Neptune, who found out about the illegal love affair between her human mother and merman father. At the end of the book, the family is reunited and sent to live in a secret place where humans and merfolk can live together in harmony.

EMILY WINDSNAP AND THE MONSTER FROM THE DEEP begins as Emily and her family are discovering and exploring their beautiful new home, Allpoints Island. Emily couldn't be happier. At last, she can get to know her father and also not feel like a freak about being half-mermaid. But Emily soon realizes that even at Allpoints Island, she's different. None of the other mermaids are half-human. She longs to fit in with the other kids, and in an effort to impress two mermaid girls, Althea and Marina, Emily convinces her best friend Shona to accompany her on a risky adventure. There's a secret spooky lagoon that none of the other mermaid kids ever went into because "they're not brave enough" and have been "told not to go in there so many times." But Emily and Shona are new to the area, and Emily thinks it's the perfect opportunity to show how brave they are.

When Emily and Shona enter the secret lagoon, they don't realize the trouble they're about to cause. They accidentally wake up the Kraken, a mythical monster that is supposed to sleep for 100 years and only be woken up by Neptune himself. If the Kraken is awoken before this time, it will be [...] and cause much destruction.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "basketcasenimrod" on November 9, 2004
Format: Paperback
Emily Windsnap And the monster of the Deep is A great sequel to: The Tail Of Emily Windsnap. It is A great story, loaded with action, and is A real page turner, it is a book that you won't want to put down. Emily reunites with her nemisis Mandy, Of wich mandy's father wants to catch a Mermaid. What happens? Well youll find out when you read this great underwater tale. full of fun, and if i could i'd give it 10 stars.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By "basketcasenimrod" on December 27, 2004
Format: Hardcover
WOW! what a rush!I have read and re-read this book now, that is how much i enjoyed this book!
Emily is just ariving at her new home, a secret place were her secret is save- where its ok to be a mermaid. This place is a dream, it has marhmallow white sand, a clear foamy beach- It is just perfect! Or is it? Emily explores a bit, and goes in places she isnt supposed to go- AND RELEASES THE KRAKEN! What is "the knraken" well you will find out, once you read it. But there are more problems than that! Emily will reunite with her enemy Mandy! But you will find out more about mandy- and neptune, and this "Perfect" island.
This book is a great read- a real page turner, more and more happens as you read, you wont want to put it down- I Didn't!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Richards HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 14, 2007
Format: Paperback
The second book in Liz Kessler's Emily Windsnap series starts with the Windsnap family happily relocated to Allpoints Island, with its soft white sand beaches, crystal clear water, palm trees - in short an island paradise.

If you're thinking that this all sounds pretty great, you should know that Allpoints Island is located right in the middle of the Bermuda Triangle, and that there are some parts off limits to little half-mermaids for good reason.

As Alfred, Lord Tennyson once said:

"Below the thunders of the upper deep;
Far far beneath in the abysmal sea,
His ancient, dreamless, uninvaded sleep
The Kraken sleepeth ..."

(Shamelessly quoted by me, not from the original source, "The Kraken" as you would believe, but from the flyleaf of this very book)

Being a girl of insatiable curiosity, Emily decides to explore her new territory, and before you can say "Ooops! She did it again", her exploits get her into enough hot water to really make a Kraken get steamed. Soon she's facing a three part nightmare, involving the aforementioned cranky beastie, a stubborn and bossy trident-wielding Neptune, and a blast from the past whom she thought she was rid of at last.

Better than the first, this one is to be read in one sitting, because you won't want to put it down.

Amanda Richards, August 15, 2007
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jenny Contreras on January 27, 2013
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It was a very cool book. I'm really looking forward to read the next book. Who wouldn't be exited?I
I enjoyed it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chevy on December 12, 2012
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Great book! My daughter loves the characters! She loves mermaids, water and the storyline. She can not wait until she reads the next book!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michele Lee on April 16, 2010
Format: Paperback
I bought this book used.

Emily Windsnap is a mermaid, or rather half-mermaid half human. This is the second book in the series. In the first Emily discovers her mermaid father and convinces Neptune, rule of the sea, to release him from an ocean prison. In this book Emily and her family, including her best friend Shona, move to Allpoints Island, a beautiful, secret, tropical resort for mermaids and humans who know about them.

However in her desire to be liked and impress some new friends Emily accepts a dare to explore a forbidden cavern. In the process Emily and Shona end up waking the kraken, a vicious sea monster that escapes and wreaks havoc on the Bermuda Triangle (where Allpoints Island is located).

This book's strength is the excellent setting and description. Emily's world is vivid, colorful and beautiful, the kind of place any of us would want to live. It's weakness however is in the plot itself and the two main characters, Emily and Mandy (who are enemies in the way only ten year olds can be). Emily continuously makes poor decisions and, at the end, a series of convenient plot devices manages to not only hold her harmless, but also make her the self-sacrificing heroine. Emily leaves readers not with the idea that doing the right thing and facing up to your challenges and consequences gets things done, but running away, hiding, lying and complaining, all while meaning well, gets you attention and praise. Mandy, Emily's enemy, is pointlessly mean, vindictive and angry as well and while some set up is done to explain this the character just goes way too far before choosing to working on her temper.

It's a shame that such major flaws exist in this book because the setting and the unusual heroine held so much promise.
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