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Emily Windsnap and the Monster from the Deep Paperback – April 10, 2007

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From School Library Journal

Grade 4-6–This is Liz Kessler's sequel (Candlewick, 2006) to The Tail of Emily Windsnap (Candlewick, 2004; Listening Library, 2004), in which a 12-year-old girl discovers she is part mermaid and reunites her human mother and merman father. Emily's happily reunited family moves to an idyllic island located in the Bermuda Triangle where humans and merpeople peacefully coexist. Emily and her mermaid friend Shona become involved in a dangerous adventure. Because of her past hardships in junior high school, Emily wants desperately to fit in with her new peers. While swimming with their friends, Emily and Shona come across a forbidden cave and, trying to prove that they are cool and brave, the girls enter it and unintentionally awaken the kraken, a huge and terrifying monster with tentacles and tusks. A careful balance between the island and the kraken is disrupted and only Emily can put things right. Chapters from Emily's narration alternate with those of a bully from her previous school, Mandy, who becomes involved in the adventure when her vacation on a cruise ship is interrupted by the kraken. The threesome eventually restored peace to the Triangle, and Emily is able to face her personal demons. Narrator Finty Williams brings to life all the charm and imagination of Kessler's tale, expertly alternating character voices. This engaging tale will be a hit with middle schoolers who enjoy fantasy and adventure stories with female characters.–April Mazza, Wayland Public Library, MA
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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
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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: 5.2 x 0.7 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,291,108 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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By A Customer 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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By A Customer 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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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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We went to the bookstore over the summer to let the kids pick out some books and my soon-to-be kindergartner wanted to get a chapter book like big brother so we found Emily Windsnap. We spent the next several weeks reading a chapter a day, much to their delight, and then she asked for this 2nd book for Christmas so we are working through it now. Even big brother likes to listen in on the story. :)

In the first book, Emily Windsnap (the main character) lives on a houseboat with her mom and gets a little bullied at school by one of the characters. When she has to do a swimming class for gym (even though she has never swam before and is terrified of the water), she ends up underwater and finds that her legs morph into a mermaid tail. She hides it from her classmates but ventures out at night to try again. Then she meets a young mermaid girl named Shona, who tells her about being a mermaid and takes her exploring. They eventually discover that her father is a mermaid and was put in mermaid jail for having a relationship with a human. Shona and Emily go to rescue her dad and then reunite him and her mother (who had been having her memory slowly wiped by a worker of the sea king, Neptune). They convince Neptune to reverse his decision about it being illegal for mermaids and humans to be together. He then sends them to live on a special island where they can live together away from humans.

This book picks up where the last left off, as they move to their new home. We're not very far into it, so I'll update after we read more. :)
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