Awards & Honors
Booklist, Boxed Review
Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
School Library Journal, Starred Review
Family Fun Magazine, Featured Review, February 1999
Newsweek Magazine, Featured Book, November 30, 1998
"Best Book" Lists
Bank Street College, Best Books of 1998
Child Magazine, Top Books of 1998
School Library Journal, Best Books of 1998
Capitol Choices Award – Children’s Book Source, Washington, D.C. 1998
Yankee Magazine 100 Classic New England Children’s Books, 2000
Simon & Schuster, U.K. Division, Flagship Book, Fall 1999
World Book Day ’99 (U.K.) The Children’s Book of Books 1999, Featured Selection
Young Hoosier Award Book, Nominee 2000-2001
Written by Alexis O'Neill
Illustrated by Nancy Carpenter
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
In this boisterous tall tale filled with authentic sailing language, the voice of a little 19th century girl in a whaling town shatters not only plates, but the peace of her parents. Rather than sailing off to Miss Meekmeister's School for Softspoken Girls as her worried parents wish, she ends up auditioning for Captain Baroo who needs someone to call commands on his tall ship. The crew adores her voice as do the whales. When the ship is tossed in a storm, Emily calls the whales and together they save their ship and many others from harm. Emily finds her place in the world, and the world (and her parents) appreciates her gift.
A rollicking tale with a likable heroine that attests to the irrepressible nature of children.
— School Library Journal, Starred Review
O’Neill crafts a charmer … Emily’s quest to find her place in the world, without altering herself in the process, will encourage anyone who has ever felt different from the crowd.
— Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
An appealing nautical tale … O'Neill's language has a roll and verve that captures her young heroine's spirit perfectly.
— Kirkus Reviews
Part tall tale, part stage show. . . this hero is a small child and she's powerful.
— Booklist, Boxed Review
Alexis O’Neill makes sailing terms fun for kids to say — and shout.
— Newsweek Magazine
Click below for pdfs for Loud Emily
Loud Emily Q&A
Loud Emily Teacher Idea Sheet
Loud Emily Activity - Scrimshaw
Loud Emily Activity - Sea Chanties
Loud Emily Book Trailer
Loud Emily sings a halyard chantey as the sailors hoist the sails. Click below to hear this Irish Rover version of the halyard chantey, "Blow the Man Down." You can find the lyrics here.
Check out this video from Mystic Seaport Museum where you'll hear a capstan chantey while sailors haul the anchor.