Emily is fortunate enough to be half mermaid-half human. She discovered this two books ago in The Tail of Emily Windsnap. Apparently there is a second book, but my friend Vicky says not waste one’s time with it. Fortunately, this third book is a nice continuation of Emily’s mer-adventures. This is a short chapter book, good for perhaps 4th/5th grade; I easily finished it in a short time last night.
As a child I loved to imagine myself as a mermaid and I think this book really hits on all the things one might imagine about a mermaid’s life, which is what makes it so good for girls. Emily attends mer-school, where they have lessons in “Beauty & Deportment”, they adorn their scaly tails with scale polish, they have lovely hair, they swim amongst beautiful fish, etc, etc. In this adventure Emily finds a ring that angry King Neptune had thrown away 500 years ago. By recovering it Emily invokes the king’s wrath and is cursed to no longer be half and half, but will be assigned one final form. Of course it all works out very neatly in the end. My one quibble would be that I think King Neptune is portrayed as a big baby with an unreasonable temper, but I believe in legend he is fairly temperamental, so perhaps Kessler is just being true to that.