Emily Windsnap and the Monster from the Deep (Emily Windsnap Series #2)

Emily Windsnap and the Monster from the Deep (Emily Windsnap Series #2)

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by Liz Kessler, Sarah Gibb

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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

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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?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
With a sparkling energy and humor, Finty Williams brings to life the new adventures and travails of a likeable half-mermaid tween in Emily Windsnap and the Monster from the Deep by Liz Kessler. This time Emily accidentally rouses a sea monster called a kracken and invites the wrath of Neptune. (May). Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Heather Robertson Mason
Being a teenager is tough. It is even tougher if you are half-human and half-mermaid, moving to a new mermaid only island where you only have one friend and are already on Neptune's bad side. This is the predicament Emily Windsnap is in at the beginning of this story. It only gets worse from there. While trying to prove that she is a real mermaid, she accidentally awakens the Kraken a few years too early. The beast begins wreaking havoc on the island and the surrounding waters. In the midst of this chaos, Mandy Rushton, Emily's nemesis from her old school, shows up. This book will be a delight for middle school girls. While the story is purely fantasy, they will be able to relate to Emily as she tries to fit in with other girls and as she tried to cope with a bully. The book is told from Emily's point of view with a few chapters told in Mandy's words. While this is a sequel to another book; it can be read alone and understood, however, there are some parts that seem a little confusing. Consider buying both books rather that this one alone. Part of the "Emily Windsnap" series.
School Library Journal
Gr 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 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
When Emily Windsnap and her parents arrive at their new home in the middle of the Bermuda Triangle, she hopes she can fit in with the mermaids there better than she did with her classmates at Brightport High. Half-human, half-mermaid herself, she wants to make an impression on her new friends, but instead awakens a deadly kraken, angers King Neptune and endangers them all. Neptune hopes to put the kraken back to work sinking human ships; his first target carries Emily's long-time enemy, Mandy Rushton. Occasionally, Mandy interrupts Emily's story; the change of narrator is indicated by a new typeface, and a jarring shift to present tense. Neither Emily nor Mandy are developed enough to account for their change of heart at the end, but the action moves briskly, with a satisfying amount of underwater description and much attention to varied tail styles. The imaginative premise will intrigue readers and the suspense will be enough to keep them reading to the happy ending and perhaps send them back to Emily's first story, The Tail of Emily Windsnap (2004). (Fiction. 9-12)

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Product Details

Candlewick Press
Publication date:
Emily Windsnap Series, #2
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Product dimensions:
5.26(w) x 7.46(h) x 0.65(d)
570L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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We swam side by side to begin with. Below us, occasional shoals of parrotfish and bright red snappers swept across the sandy bed. When the channel narrowed, I swam ahead, slinking along the silent passageway. The ground soon became uncluttered: clear golden sand beneath us, the sun shining down, almost directly above our heads. Two silhouetted mermaid figures gliding along below the surface, our shadows came and went, appearing briefly before suddenly growing distorted with the splash of a tail breaking the water's still surface.

We came to the curtain of reeds draped down the channel's walls and the algae-coated wooden plaques. That's when the feeling started inside me. I didn't know what it was. A quivery kind of sensation jiggling around in my stomach. Nervous. Waiting for something - and a feeling that there was something waiting for me, too. Trying not to let Shona see my quivering hands, I parted the curtain and looked through the hole in the wall. The water sparkled and fanned out into a wide lagoon. Ferns hung down over cracks and gaps in the walls. A white tropical bird flew into a hole behind me, its long tail disappearing into the rock. Nothing else moved. Shona stared.

I turned to her. "Ready?" My voice shook.

She broke her gaze to look at me. "Let's just get this over with."

I glanced around to check that no one had followed us, then I squeezed through the gap and swam into the lagoon. The sun burned down, heating my neck and dancing on the water. Its light rippled below us in wavy lines across the sea floor.

As we slid across the stillness, the water grew colder and murkier. When the lagoon narrowed back into a channel, I couldn't see my reflection swimming along below me anymore. The walls lining our trail had lost their hardness. They were like chalk. I stopped and scraped my finger down the side. I made myself focus on the walls, almost flicking a switch to turn off the nagging wordless worry in my mind. Rock crumbled in my hand. The channel walls stretched upward, cold and gray and deserted.

"Emily!" Shona was pointing at something ahead. An engraving on the wall: a perfect circle with a fountain spiraling out from the center. It looked like a pinwheel, full of energy, almost as tall as us. I had this weird feeling I knew the picture, recognized it. Had I seen it in a book? Dreamed about it? What was it?

"Look at this!" Shona had swum ahead while I stared at the engraving.

I joined her in front of some ferns loosely covering a hole in the rock. The hole disappeared below the surface. We dived down. Under the water, it was just big enough to swim into.

"Cool!" I grinned at her. A secret tunnel reaching into the rock! "Shona, we have to see what's in there."


EMILY WINDSNAP AND THE MONSTER FROM THE DEEP by Liz Kessler. Copyright © 2006 by Liz Kessler. Published by Candlewick Press, Inc., Cambridge, MA.

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Emily Windsnap and the Monster from the Deep (Emily Windsnap Series #2) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 258 reviews.
Catlover101 More than 1 year ago
This book was extremly good. It was excitning and kept me on the edge of my seat. The words were very descriptive and left a clear image in my mind. It was one of those books that you want to own so you can read it again and again. I liked that the characters seemed real (minus there magical powers of course) but you could really feel strongly towards the characters. This is definatly a "read for fun" book, unless moral lessons were trying to be taught. Another reason I like this book was because of the detail. It was just a perfect blend. There wasn't to much detail so that you got destracted from what was happening by long, detailed descriptions. I would say that anyone can read this book as long as they like fantasy and wouldn't mind reading the first book in the series. Thanks for reading this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
E nchanting M any exiting parts I nteresting L ovely Y es there are more books
JessicaDay More than 1 year ago
This was an awsome Sequal! I loved how she brought back a familiar character and the reminded dangers of being a mermaid. I also loved the setting!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was very fun for me to read!! I reccomend it to all girls who are in for an exciting adventure in the ocean. This may be a fantasy, but it felt as if you were there!!Definitly consider this book!!!! Also try to read The Tail of Emily Windsnap!!! They were both great!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
By:Angela Emily Windsnap and the Monster from the Deep is about a girl named Emily who moves with her father and mother to the Bermuda triangle were she can hide her secret life. Her secret life is that she is half human and half mermaid! One day when Emily goes see her best friend Shona, Emily notices Shona with other friends. Emily then thinks that Shona does not want to be her best friend anymore Then Emily tries to fit in by doing something dangerous! This ends up getting the whole area around her in trouble! The real problem is that Emily can not fix this problem until she deals with the conflict with herself and her friend Shona! When she tries to deal with the conflict she gets stopped by someone she hoped to never see ever again. To add on to that Emily is also very worried that this person that she never wanted to see again will do something absolutely horrible to her! The author describes the book with two literary elements which are character and conflict. One example of character is when the author wrote in the book, ¿Sometimes I¿m a mermaid sometimes I¿m a girl.¿ This quote explains how her character looks. From this quote, the author describes Emily as a mermaid when in water, and a human when on land! In this book the quote will be found on page 9. Another example of character from the book is, ¿Then I turned to Shona and smiled.¿ When someone first reads these quotes they can tell that Emily is a cheerful person! They can especially tell this from this quote which is on page 218! The second literary element is conflict. The first conflict from the story is person vs. society. The quote for this is, ¿I swam frantically though the dark tunnels.¿ This is person vs. society because she would not be swimming if the people all around her were not mad at her! This quote is on page 93. The next conflict is person vs. person. This quote is ¿No! Dad, they¿ll want to know everything. They¿ll make you tell them it was all my fault!¿ This is a person vs. person because they¿re both mad at each other! The pervious quote can be found on page 109. Character and conflict are the two elements the author expresses most in the story! The book Emily Windsanp and the Monster from the Deep was a fantastic book! I love this book not only because it is fiction, but because it is a page turning novel! Also you get to hear two points of view of the story! In conclusion, I would definitely recommend this book from ages 7-13!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was in my reading class and I started to read this book and My class was correcting papers and I didn't know because I was so fascinated and and in love with the book that I didn't relise what we were doing!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's a great fictional story for ages 10 -12. It keeps you engaged and on the edge. READ it it's a fun cool book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is the kind of oh-my-gosh-i-love-this-and-i-cant-put-it-down type of book. If you like fantasys this really is the book that you should read. And I LOVE the covers of liz kessler's book. theyre amazing
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first Emily Windsnap book was awsome! So of course I just had to read this one. It was all right. I like that Emily gets captured it shows that the world of mermaids can be dangerous. It was hard to get through.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Does anyone wish they were a mermaid?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutly LOVE this book!!! Its so exiting. If your bored or something read this book. This is pretty much all ages. Exept if you dont like mermaids, dont read this book. I read untill i fell asleep because i couldnt wait to see what happened.
glittergirl19 More than 1 year ago
Assigned reading for every night during the week. This book is excellent for that. A twelve year old girl finds out she's half mermaid and embarks on an adventure to find her merman father. He is locked away in an underwater prison for marrying a human. She learns alot about herself, and how brave she is along the way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was really enyertaining i couldnt stop reading it!!! I loved this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the firs book, and i loved all of it, i have not read this one though but i plan to. I pan to read the whold series. If you are looking for a good book to rea, and are a girl, because this is about mermaids, anyways, if you need a good book to read, READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Omg best book ever Kaitlyn from STMMif ur looking at this yes its me
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Before i read this i thought most of the books about mermaids were all dumb and childish, but tnis series is truely AMAZING!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love to read the series! I've read this one twice! It is very suspencing i couldn't put it done
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i love the emily windsnap series
Guest More than 1 year ago
We are twins and we loved it and The Tail of Emily Windsnap!!!!
Anonymous 9 months ago
Great book get it. But not good for small kids.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of thr brst ever!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why didn't your daught answer her self ? (No realy i want to know) -Jing ps. Sorry about the dtars i love the book just wanted to get you to read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read these books til' about 1:00a.m. florida time. I am hoping to finish the series really soon so i can go on to the next popular series by this author... fairy godsister. My little sister is hooked on fairy godsister and i am hooked on emily windsnap. Whatcmore than a few more phillpa fisher fans in the same household. I am planning to read fairy godsister next and i expect nothibg more than a wonderful book too! I hope u can get to read emily windsnap and fairy godsister and be philippa fisher fans just like me and my sister. THANKS FOR READING!!!:-) THEDANCINGCHEF
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yes i wish to be a mermaid
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awsome book