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Real Mermaids Don't Hold Their Breath [Paperback]

Helene Boudreau
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Book Description

April 11 2012 Real Mermaids
Normal is Never Coming Back

Jade is totally confused. As in, "will this be a leg-day or a tail-day?" kind of confused. Even worse, it's been forever since her first kiss with Luke and now-nothing. Not even a text message.


But Jade doesn't have time to figure out the weirdness of boys and how to use her shiny new tail. (Seriously, being a mermaid should come with a handbook.) She has to come up with a plan to get her missing mermaid mom back on dry land.

The only problem is… Jade is afraid of the ocean. But even aqua-phobic mer-girls have to take the plunge sometime…

Praise for Real Mermaids Don't Wear Toe Rings :

"Bravo to Helène Boudreau for hitting the bull's-eye with a fresh, affectionate, watery twist on the classic coming-of-age-story."- New York Journal of Books

"The author keeps suspense high… while tapping straight into young teens' angst about friends, enemies, and boys."- Kirkus

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"Bravo to Helene Boudreau for hitting the bull's-eye with a fresh, affectionate, watery twist on the classic coming-of-age-story." --The New York Journal of Books

About the Author

HÉLÈNE BOUDREAU believes mermaids are just as plausible as giant squids, flying fish or electric eels. She now writes fiction and non-fiction for kids from her land-locked home in Ontario, Canada. Her first book of this series, Real Mermaids Don't Wear Toe Rings, was a 2011 SCBWI Crystal Kite Award finalist.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Adventurous, fun, awesome girls book! Aug. 13 2013
I really enjoyed this book because its so easy to relate to and it's just a quick fun book! I would definitely recommend this book to any girl who finds great interest in adventure or just fun relatable books about mermaids!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fast-paced, quirky, adorable and super fun! Feb. 19 2013
By The Bumble Girl - Published on
Fast-paced, quirky, adorable and super fun!
This sequel immediately follows where Jade's first mermaid adventures left off...

It's summer vacation time! And Jade's stuck at her summer job. While scooping ice cream for her customers, she's trying to come to terms with a lot of things that have happened to her in the last few weeks: first period, first kiss, first mermaid- tail and turning 14!!!
But, most of all, finding out that her mother is still alive!

Now, Jade is trying to figure it all out -
dealing with her dad who won't let her date (Is she really ready to have a boyfriend right now?)
Trying to lead a normal life while trying to keep the biggest secret ever from her BFF! (SO hard!)
AND, most importantly, how to finally get her mother home safely!

Jade's wish is to have her mom home again and she will do anything to make it happen.
But is she prepared for the consequences to her actions???

Real Mermaids Don't Hold Their Breath is a page-turner! Lots of humor and even more memorable moments. The bond of family and friends is heart-warming.
The more I read about Jade and 'her gang', the more I grow to love them all. Each and every character has a major impact to Jade's life and story. The author truly knows how to weave a realistic fantasy!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fit for younger readers Sept. 23 2012
By The Flashlight Reader - Published on
One word for this book: cute. The cover drew my attention first. I mean, how cute is it? I love that the mermaid tail is drawn on a chalk board and looks like it could or could not be attached to the girl. Super cute. That air of whimsy carries over into the book as well.

I did not read the first book in the series, but that didn't seem to matter. The author does a nice enough job of highlighting the main points from the earlier plot without retelling every single detail. As I've said, I had fun reading Real Mermaids Don't Hold Their Breath, but it didn't "wow" me. I'm not sure why I didn't find myself caught up in the story. It was a fast read that I enjoyed, but it didn't really leave a lasting impression. I'm sure a tweenage reader would appreciate it more than me.

I really don't have a lot to say because it didn't wow me. The story line was tightly woven and consistent, which is always a must for a good story. That much I did appreciate. The characters were "cute" and came across as wholesome. I think that was the biggest issue I had with the story. The characters were too perfect and everything seemed to wrap itself up with a nice little bow in the end. I need more conflict in my books! But, like I said, it's probably just right for younger readers.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book! June 27 2012
By Savannah (Books With Bite) - Published on
Cute story! Fun and fresh, I had no trouble diving into this book, falling into the world quickly.

Being that this book is the second and I still have not read the first, I did not have any trouble picking up where the author left off. The author does a great job on catching up the reader without it being too much. The subtle hints and past thoughts help the reader move at a smooth pace along with the story.

The plot line of this book is enjoyable. There is some action in it that made me feel giddy. I love that Jade is practical in all that she does. At times, she acts way more mature at her age. I admire that about her. Jade is just like any other teenager, a plate full of school, drama, and of course, her adventures under the sea. I especially enjoy the little plot twist here and there. The reader doesn't expect them, so it makes the book so much exciting with each page turn.

The love interest play out good too. I like that Jade takes everything in so calmly even through she is freaking out in her head. Her thoughts and feelings are well describe for the boy. The excitement that Jade feels of smirks, drama, and life in general makes me feel young again.

Real Mermaids Don't Hold Their Breath is an sweet and enduring story. With the rise and fall in the plot, it hold the reader in their seat. Made to be charming, you can't help but love this book.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Live To Read June 15 2012
By Chels - Published on
Where is Jade's missing, mermaid mother? Will Luke, her first kiss, talk to her...text her? Will Jade ever be comfortable with her new mermaid tail? Most fourteen-year-olds might have the boy problem; the mermaid problems are a bonus! Jade also has a great dad who is a quirky inventor. Jade and Luke and some good friends locate the most likely place for her missing mom's location, but the area is part of an impending environmental disaster.
I hadn't read the first book in this series, and I'm much older than the suggested 9 and up age group. However, I remember loving mermaids as a kid! They are much more appealing to me than the ubiquitous vampires of young adult books today. I would guess that young teens will enjoy Jade's story as she searches for her mom, stands up against big business, and tries out her new tail with cute Luke, another mer.
Three Stars

*Complimentary copy received for this review, does not affect my opinion in any way*
5.0 out of 5 stars Like regular teens but with a tail June 15 2014
By Maggie Manzo - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I kinda of like it because of the mermaids twist to it and the fact that you never really know how a guy feels about you and it's cute to see them figure each other out
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