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Liz Kessler lives in rural Cheshire. She has worked as a teacher and journalist and has an MA in Creative Writing.
Chosen as our Guest Editor, Francesca Simon's Book of the Month | An extraordinary, powerful, and important book, based on the true story of how Liz Kessler’s father escaped from Nazi-occupied Europe thanks to a British couple his family had met once. But what elevates this book about three friends and their different fates in World War Two is the story of Max, the nice, ordinary boy who gradually becomes seduced into hatred and prejudice. The ringing question, ‘What would I do under these circumstances?’ echoes on every page. ~ Francesca Simon
An idyllic holiday in the sun with her parents and best friends turns into a testing adventure for mer-girl Emily, and she finds herself caught up in an ancient prophecy. As ever, it makes for very exciting reading, Emily’s first-person narrative keeping things both immediate and completely recognisable for readers, even if she does swap her legs for a tail when she’s in water. What really sets this series apart though is what goes on beneath the surface, and the stories explore themes of tolerance, understanding and identity – all issues that are particularly important for the readership. There’s a big surprise at the end of this story, and an unexpected separation, but in true Emily Windsnap style, readers can be reassured that the bonds of friendship are as strong as ever.
Poppy the Pirate Dog is bored and lonely. A summer of fun and adventure has ended and Poppy is home alone. Imagine her excitement when she discovers she is to have a new playmate - a new shipmate. But then George arrives and to Poppy's surprise George isn’t a puppy. He's a kitten! Will George still turn out to be the shipmate that Poppy imagined or will George make her walk the plank? A heart-warming tale exploring new relationships and things not quite turning out as expected. Red Early Reader books are the next step on your child's reading journey, encouraging independent reading with exciting stories and engaging illustrations. Short accessible chapters make them ideal for newly confident readers - we also think they're great for sharing too!
Best-selling author of the Emily Windsnap titles, Liz Kessler will captivate readers with this enchanting and mysterious adventure story. When her grandfather disappears suddenly, Amelia – or Mia as she is known to her friends – finds herself stuck in the small seaside village where her grandparents live. Mia is sure there will be nothing to do in such a sleepy place but when she reads the diary of an unknown girl, she soon finds herself caught up in secrets and storms which sweep her off on an adventure with a very uncertain ending.
September 2012 Book of the Month. This is a magical and enchanting fantasy adventure about the power of friendship. Fifth in the series. Fun and fesity Emily and Aaron are sent by Neptune on a top secret mission to thwart a danger that threatens the whole world. As semi-mers (human on land and mer people underwater) only they can be trusted to complete this mission. But can they save the world and will their relationship hold fast? Fans of Cathy Cassidy's writing will love this one and all the Emily Windsnap novels. There are five in all.
Poppy is really looking forward to the summer holiday. She knows she is going to love everything about being by the sea. Especially the chance to be a pirate! But, when it comes to boats, it turns out Poppy doesn’t like them as much as she thought… Is there any boat that will help Poppy find her feet on the water? Easy to read, this is a warm-hearted family story featuring a delightful dog.
If you could see into the future - would you look? Jenni Green doesn't have a choice. On her way to visit her best friend, Autumn, Jenni suddenly finds she's been transported exactly one year forward in time. Now she discovers that in the year that's gone by, tragedy has struck and her friendship with Autumn will never be the same again. But what caused the tragedy? How did Jenni skip a year? And can she find her way back to the past to try to change what lies ahead? With humour - and her customary light touch - the author of the Emily Windsnap books (click here) plays a fascinating game with time, and explores the changes that take place in friendships and families in the aftermath of a disaster.
At last this wonderful series of four novels is available in a lovely boxed set. It's an enchanting fantasy, with vivid scenes of a brilliantly realized underwater world and it tells the story of a delightful and wholly believable ordinary little girl who just happens to be part mermaid. Strongly plotted, it deals with universal themes of families, friendship, love and justice all handled with a lightness of touch and an assurance that marks Liz Kessler out as a highly accomplished writer.
Another enchanting story about Emily Windsnap, half-girl, half-mermaid. Fourth in the series. Having been thrown out of mermaid school, Emily goes in search of the lost sirens who have been banished by Neptune to a top secret undersea cavern. Only when she uncovers the true story behind the lost sirens can she begin to reconcile her two worlds but can she do it in time to save herself and her family from the wrath of Neptune? With beautiful illustrations throughout, particularly girls of 8+ will devour this series and be eager for more. If you enjoy this series, you might also enjoy the Ingo series written by Helen Dunmore. This is the fourth Emily Windsnap adventure – to view the others and further titles by Liz Kessler click here
An entertaining, thoughtful and magical tale of friendship, finding yourself and fairies. Philippa’s lonely when her best friend moves away but soon a new girl turns up and Philippa has to look after her. Daisy is not like anyone else and Philippa soon finds out why. Daisy is a fairy on an assignment and it is not one she especially wants to fulfil. She’s come to be Philippa’s Fairy Godsister and, bears three Wish Vouchers for her new charge. But being friends with a fairy and dealing with magic has its problems. How the two girls work things out brings a fairy sparkle to a story of friendship and self-confidence.
This is a story that sparkles with magic and is full of friendship, warmth, real charm and quirky characterisation from the author of the hugely successful Emily Windsnap series. Novels involving fairies and friendships are guaranteed to delight children everywhere and the jacket of this hardback edition is fabulous.