The Truth About Aaron (The World of Emily Windsnap #3)

The Truth About Aaron (The World of Emily Windsnap #3)
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April 11, 2023
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Aaron wishes he were special like his best friends, Emily Windsnap and Shona Silkfin, but nothing exciting ever happens at his castle in the middle of the ocean. That is, until a massive, mysterious ship docks at the castle and all the crew members are suspiciously interested in Aaron’s trident pendant. One even asks to take a closer look at it . . . then doesn’t give it back! Luckily, Emily and Shona are there to help, swimming to the ship with Aaron to retrieve his stolen keepsake. But once onboard, Aaron is shocked to discover the royal meaning behind it. Based on the New York Times best-selling series by Liz Kessler, this newest underwater story for young readers promises mystery, adventure, and—as Aaron comes to realize—the most special thing of all: friendship.

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(Updated: August 12, 2023)
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In this third book in The World of Emily Windsnap series, an emerging reader prequel to the middle grade one, we catch up with Shona and Emily as they travel to Aaron's island to visit him. Their friend's mother is having a party, and the trio swim around the large ship that is on its way to the island. They overhear men on deck talking about searching for something, and when they meet the men, who look a lot like pirates, they are alarmed. At dinner, one of them admires Aaron's necklace at asks to see it, and it isn't until later that Aaron realizes he hasn't given it back. Suspecting the worst, the three set out to solve the mystery. When Aaron goes on board the ship and is apprehended by the men, Shona and Emily go to his mother for help. What is the big secret?

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Well, I wouldn't want to spoil it, but it's nowhere near as serious as our intrepid merfriends think it is! This is a fun story that sheds light on the origins of Aaron, and has just enough suspense for young readers. This is similar in length to Butler's King and Kayla series, Thorpe and Kristy's Disney Fairies, or Malcolm's classic The Ruby Princess. Young readers who want some fantasy that isn't too difficult to read will love the adventure and camraderie in this beautifully illustrated title.
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