Emily Windsnap Series

Book review by
Carrie Kingsley, Common Sense Media
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Mermaid-human girl finds friends, family in fun adventures.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 7 reviews

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Educational Value

Shows young girls shown building confidence, navigating bullies and friendships, and has some great, open conversations between parents and children. 

Positive Messages

Love and kindness win the day. Don't be ashamed of who you are.  Don;t wallow in slef-doubt.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Emily's mermaid friends are great role models for each other; when they have a misunderstanding, they talk about it, and they don't trash the friendship or try to make the other feel bad. Books for this age group don't always put a high value on true friendship, so it's nice to see it here. Emily lacks confidence many times and wallows in self-doubt, wondering if her friends really like her or if she'll lose them. 

Violence & Scariness

King Neptune is angry and erratic, and Emily is in some life-threatening situations, but they're appropriate for readers at this level.


What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Liz Kessler's Emily Windsnap series is fun, spirited, and more serious than you'd expect for books about tween mermaids. As Emily discovers her new world as a half-mermaid, half-human, she faces an identity crisis, unsure of who she is and feeling alone among new friends. Readers who are navigating conflicts with their own parents and families might identify with Emily's struggles. When a kid's dad is suddenly back in the picture, it doesn't matter if he's human or merman; kids' feelings of uncertainty and blame are universal. That said, the series is about mermaids, with all the magic, hair brushing, and fancy swimming tricks that entails (pardon the pun).

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written bygrandmareader December 3, 2018

Fun story about a mermaid but watch for inappropriate content

Sneaking out against her mother's wishes, having a stern and creepy man around, conversations about pregnancy without wedlock and other mature topics made... Continue reading
Parent of a 9-year-old Written byStephanie P. August 11, 2018

My 9 year old’s favorite series!

My nine year old daughter loves this book series! It’s about a young mermaid named Emily Windsnap, which is my daughter’s middle name! My daughter reads this se... Continue reading
Kid, 8 years old April 9, 2021

Sooo good!

It's one of the best series I've ever read! (Out of over a hundred books i have, i really,really,really love books!) I have all the books and I'm... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byBobtheminion07 April 8, 2021


maybe it is because I'm older but I didn't fin the book super interesting but its something my 10 year old sister loves

What's the story?

In the EMILY WINDSNAP series, 12-year-old Emily discovering that she is half-mermaid isn't the biggest moment of her life. That comes when she learns that her father didn't abandon her but was imprisoned by an angry King Neptune deep under the sea. It's a lot for a kid to grasp, but Emily faces it all head on. She makes new mermaid friends but has to learn to live by the rules of the sea, which means she confronts King Neptune and his arbitrary decrees about where mermaids should live and who they can be with.

Is it any good?

There's surprising depth to this fun series. Sure, when Emily Windsnap makes her first best friend and the two of them practice treasure hunting and hair brushing, it all seems flighty and tweeny. But the stories have great pacing, there are adventures and mysteries that intertwine, vocabulary that can challenge average readers, and lots of giggling.

Emily is uncertain about her place in the world, and young readers who feel alone or wonder if their friends are sincere will identify with her emotional roller coaster. Emily's relationship with her parents is likely similar to what many readers are experiencing at their age: both close and distant at the same time, they're still kids but pushing for more independence.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Emily Windsnap sometimes feels being caught between her human and mermaid worlds. What do you think is most difficult for her, and what do you think she likes about her situation?

  • Emily seems confident when she's fighting fierce battles in the sea, but quite the opposite when she's facing conflicts with friends. Have you ever felt both confident and overwhelmed at the same time?

  • What other storied have you read or watched about life under the sea?

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