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By The Cornishman  |  Posted: December 27, 2012

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Emily Windsnap: Land of the Midnight Sun

Review by Liz Kessler

EMILY Windsnap has a new adventure with the publication of Emily Windsnap and the Land of the Midnight Sun. For all those who haven't come across this series before, Emily doesn't know she is a mermaid until her first school swimming lessons when she magically grows a mermaid tail.

In this new adventure, Emily and her best friend Aaron are sent on a top secret mission by King Neptune.

The king has been having nightmares he doesn't understand and knows only that Emily and Aaron must go to the Land of the Midnight Sun to avoid catastrophe.

But when the friends arrive in the icy world of mountains and glaciers, they uncover a mystery more dangerous than they ever imagined.

The writing is so good that adults will enjoy reading it to younger children, but it is aimed at 8 to 12-year-olds.

Amazing Surfing Stories, by Alex Wade

A WONDERFUL collection of thrilling surfing stories by local surfer and former Cornishman columnist Alex Wade. This eclectic mix has something for everyone, from classic tales of monster waves and epic battles, to stories of when life among the breakers goes wrong.

There are accounts of death and disaster, as well as bravery and triumph. The bizarre and the extreme rub shoulders with perfect breaks and beautiful beaches. There are fascinating encounters with surfing's true characters, men like Dave Rastovich and big wave world record holder Garrett McNamara; deadly sharks and stories of big wave surfing by night.

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