Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Emily Windsnap and the Ship of Lost Souls by Liz Kessler-OPTIONAL

Kessler, Liz, Emily Windsnap and the Ship of Lost Souls. Pgs. 288. Candlewick Press, 2015. $15.99. Language: G, Mature Content: PG, Violence: PG

When Emily’s eighth-grade class arrives at Fivebays Island for an excursion, they discover that their course leader, Lowenna, is missing. Soon, a camping trip meant to encourage human/merpeople relations turns into a mystery that no one’s willing to talk about. With the help of her boyfriend, Aaron, the two set about trying to figure out what happened to her. When the two find her, they discover that she got trapped on a ghostly ship on her way to Atlantis. With the help of Lyle, the mysterious person who runs the island, will they be able to save Lowenna? To make matters worse, Emily is not sure what to think of her feelings for Aaron. Will she figure out if she loves him? How did Lowenna get stuck on the ship and why was she heading to Atlantis?

The plot is well developed and engaging. The characters are intriguing and engaging. The romance issues feel a little contrived and forced, but a follower of the series probably won’t care. Readers who enjoy mermaids and who have read the other books in the series will delight in this newest Emily Windsnap adventure. EL. OPTIONAL. Reviewer: Kira M, Youth Services Librarian, WHI Public Library.

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