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Liz Kessler


Liz Kessler

When Liz was quite young (about eight) she wanted to be a poet. She grew up and did lots of other things, but then in 1999 she suddenly realized she wanted to write a book. She says, "It was as though I'd remembered what I'd always wanted to do, and I've never looked back."

About mermaids, she says, "I am fascinated by the sea and all the mysteries of the ocean. It's so huge and there is so much of it that we haven't discovered and know nothing about. To me, mermaids represent the possibilities of what might just exist, on the edges of our imaginations and our world."

Liz just spent a year traveling around Europe in a camper van with her best friend and her dog, Poppy! She now lives in St. Ives, England.

Author photograph by P. Baraloto.

Liz Kessler

Books by Liz Kessler

written by Liz Kessler with illustrations by Erin Farley - Adventure, Children's, Children's 8-12, Fantasy, Fiction, Youth Fiction

Traveling home by cruise ship should be a relaxing break after Emily’s latest adventure, but things take a turn when the ship is overtaken by a pirate king and his crew. After the pirates collect everyone’s riches, they steal something even more valuable: Aaron. So Emily dives into action and joins the younger son Sam’s crew in hopes of saving Aaron. Between helping Sam unravel riddles to beat his brother to the treasure and making sure that her friends are safe, Emily realizes that she needs to be true to herself. Will she cast aside her mermaid life to join her new friends, or will she find a way to follow her own path?

Written by Liz Kessler with illustrations by Erin Farley - Adventure, Children's, Children's 8-12, Fantasy, Fiction, Friendship, Magic, Youth Fiction

Emily is headed to a tropical island for a relaxing vacation with friends and family. But somehow excitement always seems to find Emily, and she ends up on the other side of a powerful waterfall on a forgotten island no one else can get to --- well, no one that isn’t a half-mer. The people who live on the island believe in a prophecy that foretells how they can be saved from an imminent, devastating earthquake --- and this prophecy seems to revolve around Emily, as well as a mysterious giant. Will they be able to find the giant and fulfill the prophecy before it’s too late?

Written by Liz Kessler with illustrations by Sarah Gibb - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fantasy, Fiction

A field trip to a mysterious island quickly turns into an adventure when Emily Windsnap and Aaron discover a secret lookout point from which they spot a ghostly ship that no one else seems to be able to see. Only Emily, with her ability to transform from mermaid to human, can enter Atlantis to try to bring the ship’s passengers back before the portal is closed forever. Emily knows that if she fails, not only will the passengers never see their loved ones again, but Emily won’t be able to return either. Will she be able to resist the allure of Atlantis and return home before it’s too late?

by Liz Kessler - Children's, Fiction

Jessica Jenkins has always been a perfectly ordinary girl --- until one day part of her arm vanishes in the middle of geography class! Jessica’s friends Izzy and Tom are determined to help her develop her newfound invisibility, though Jessica is more concerned with discovering where the ability came from. When it becomes apparent that there may be other kids developing strange powers of their own, Jessica marshals them into a slapdash band of “slightly superheroes.” But when an unscrupulous adult discovers the origin of their powers and kidnaps one of the team, the rest must put their heads --- and all of their skills --- together to avert disaster.

by Liz Kessler - Fantasy, Fiction, Youth Fiction

Philippa Fisher would like nothing more than to summon a fairy. Still, she is taken aback when Daisy, the new girl at school, announces that she is Philippa's fairy godsister --- and is reluctantly obliged to grant her human charge the customary three wishes. Now, if only Philippa would wish for something that makes her life better, not worse! With warmth and whimsy, the creator of Emily Windsnap tells a story of friendship, luck, and how we decide what we really want.

by Liz Kessler - Youth Fiction

The sleepy seaside village of Porthaven hides a mystery: Mia’s grandad has vanished. When Mia and her mom rush to Porthaven to help her grandmother, Mia finds a diary on an empty, docked fishing boat and starts exchanging notes with a local girl named Dee.Will Mia be able to solve the mystery of where — and when — her grandfather might be before time and tide forever wash away the future?

Written by Liz Kessler, Illustrated by Natacha Ledwidge - Adventure, Children's 8-12, Fantasy, Fiction

Strange storms are blowing up from the ocean, caused by the nightmares of Neptune, King of the Sea. Convinced that his dreams herald an approaching threat, Neptune enlists half-mermaids Emily Windsnap and Aaron for a top-secret mission to find and eliminate the source of the trouble. Deep within an alpine lake the two discover a trove of stolen memories and Neptune’s darkest secret.

by Liz Kessler - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fantasy, Fiction, Friendship

Emily Windsnap is finally enjoying a swimmingly peaceful life on Allpoints Island, hanging out with her mermaid BFF, Shona, and her new friend Aaron (half-merperson like herself ). But their idyll is cut short when Emily learns that the Windsnaps and friends must return to their old home in Brightport, where construction projects are threatening a secret mermaid community under the sea. Neptune’s mandate? No less than an interspecies intervention to bring merpeople and humans together, a task the imperious god feels the mixed Windsnap family is well suited for.

by Liz Kessler - Fiction

Jenni Green's family vacation has finally arrived! Even though she has to deal with her annoying little brother, her slightly overbearing dad, and her very pregnant mom, she gets to spend a week with her bestest friend in the world, Autumn. But 12-year-old Jenni's world turns upside down when she takes an old elevator to visit Autumn and discovers that everything has changed!

by Liz Kessler - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fantasy, Fiction

To Emily Windsnap --- half mermaid, half human --- her new home is perfect. That is, until Emily ruins everything by waking a legendary sea monster known as the Kraken from its hundred-year sleep. As the Kraken rises from the deep, putting the future of the islanders in jeopardy, Emily makes a desperate attempt to save them. But how could she have dreamed that her best friend, Shona, would stop talking to her, or that Mandy Rushton, her old enemy from junior high, would turn up when least expected?

by Liz Kessler - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fantasy, Fiction

When Emily Windsnap discovers an old diamond ring during a class hunt for trinkets, how is she supposed to know that the ring is half the key to unlocking an ancient curse by Neptune himself? Now, with the ring stuck firmly on her hand, Emily finds herself under a new curse: in just a few days, she’ll cease to be half-human and half-mermaid and must say good-bye to one parent forever. Can she possibly find the other missing ring that will break all the curses?

by Liz Kessler - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fantasy, Fiction

For as long as she can remember, twelve-year-old Emily Windsnap has lived on a boat. And, oddly enough, for just as long, her mother has seemed anxious to keep Emily away from the water. But when Mom finally agrees to let her take swimming lessons, Emily makes a startling discovery --- about her own identity, the mysterious father she’s never met and the thrilling possibilities and perils shimmering deep below the water’s surface.