In this fifth tale of Emily Windsnap, "Emily Windsnap and the Land of the Midnight Sun," Liz Kessler got to do something fantastic. She took a research trip to Norway to prepare for writing the book.
Her research paid off. The reader goes with Emily to the "land of the midnight sun" to help Neptune, King of the Sea.
Emily is growing up a bit. She now has a boyfriend, Aaron, who is also a half merperson/half human. Both Emily and Aaron have a tail in the water and legs on land. Magically, whatever they are wearing when they get into the water reappears on them when they step back on land (in case you were wondering).
There is mystery aplenty, including a very fishy Archie (couldn't resist) who follows them on their mission. Is he faithful to Neptune or to his own agenda? Emily and Aaron are suspicious. But Emily and Aaron also have their problems.
Emily is furious when she finds out that the only reason (she believes) Aaron finally kissed her was because Archie told him to. And of course, there are bad guys aplenty and problems to solve, which the very capable Emily accomplishes beautifully (naturally).
A satisfying and touching tale, fans of Emily will adore this story. Emily is a great role model for middle graders. She is smart, adventurous and great at problem solving. This story also will keep fans interested in the series -- Emily is like a friend, and we all want to know what happens with Aaron.
The cover of this book is quite beautiful also. Emily and Aaron are on the cover in silhouette, and there are raised glittery patterns on the peachy purpley illustration.
Please note: This review is based on the final hardcover book provided by the publisher, Candlewick Press, for review purposes.
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