Real Mermaids Don't Hold Their Breath

Real Mermaids Don't Hold Their Breath

by Helene Boudreau
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Overview

Real Mermaids Don't Hold Their Breath by Helene Boudreau

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.

Sigh.

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 Hélène 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

Hélène Boudreau writes fiction and non-fiction for children and young adults from her home in Ontario. Her debut middle grade novel, Acadian Star, was released last fall and was recently nominated for the 2009/2010 Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402264474
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
Publication date: 05/01/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 1,120,646
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Hélène Boudreau writes fiction and non-fiction for children and young adults from her home in Ontario. Her debut middle grade novel, Acadian Star, was released last fall and was recently nominated for the 2009/2010 Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award.

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Real Mermaids Don't Hold Their Breath 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 69 reviews.
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh please let there be a third! And 4th! I never want them to end!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I totally "sank" into this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading the first book ("REAL MERMAIDS DON'T WEAR TOE RINGS") I was instantly hooked on this series! It is so well written and creative that I feel as if I am Jade myself! I love how you get what Jade is thinking and how Jade's personality actually reflects a teenage girls personality. Well written and truly will keep you readingnto the end!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would really think that this book i awesome by the creative ideas. I would really incourage you to get this book, it is an excellent book to read during tough times or if you are really bored and have nothing to do.
Icecream18JA More than 1 year ago
Where is Jade’s missing, mermaid mother? Will Luke, her first kiss, talk to her…text her…date 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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yes tottally worth money
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the series she is an awesome auther, keep writing
Bonnie_W More than 1 year ago
The second book in the Real Mermaids series, REAL MERMAIDS DON'T HOLD THEIR BREATH, doesn't let me down, remaining as humorous and fun as the first book, REAL MERMAIDS DON'T WEAR TOE RINGS, does.  Jade continues to embrace the insecurities of adolescence the summer she turns fourteen.  From the woes of whether or not a crush likes you back to chatting with your dad about the appropriate age for dating, Real Mermaids continues to tackle the issues most important to tweens while still building a fun underwater adventure story. While RMDHTB builds off the world set in RMDWTR, it could be read as a stand-alone. Hélène Boudreau does a good job summing up the events of the first book, which reminds me of when I actively read books in this genre.  Sometimes I loved reading the sum-ups and catching up (Unless it was Sweet Valley or the BSC, and then it just got redundant), and this aspect was like a throw-back.  Jade hasn't seen her crush Luke since the night he kissed her at the pool party, and it's been a month.  Sure, he's been away at camp, but he got back on Sunday and he still hasn't so much as texted her.  What's a girl to do?  On top of that, after believing that her mother drowned, only to find out she was a mermaid being held prisoner below the sea, Jade and her father must try to find her before it's too late.  The tidal pool where she's currently residing, however, is about to be filled in as the area is bulldozed for a mall expansion project.  Jade has to figure out a way to stop the construction--and fast--or else she won't have a chance to reunite with her mother, this time for good. There's so much more going on in this book.  The first book introduced readers to Jade and suffered with her as she learned about growing up and becoming a girl.  That was all, in a sense, world-building, because the world of Real Mermaids flourishes and expands in the second book.  There was a surprise toward the end of book one that creates new interesting situations in book two, and we learn more about life under the sea, which makes this book fun for all mer-fans.  This book is also more environmentally conscious, creating a sub-plot designed to make young readers think.  Overall, this book is just as sweet and fun as the first, a perfect "growing up" book for tweens.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this seriesI have always loved princass like books so this is a perfect match. This way i can read a princess book without feeling babyish. Awesome-Nia :D
TheBumbleGirl1 More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
it is such a good book i always read it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Definte read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How many pages is itz?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Watch the new show Mako Mermaids: a h2o adventure you wont be disapointed. MAKO MERMAIDS ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Only giveing stars to help book out i have never read this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think this book is amazing the firdt and secont biok i am adicted to read it all the time
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Erm 21 aorry for the inconvenience:()
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its sad that they dont have a sample.... im pretty sure its good based on the comments.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is awesome
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well hav u read the first book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Should i read it dont know
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the first book and feel in love with it so i had to read this one i dont read that fast but i finished these books in flash which is good so i read it again i cant wait for the third one to come out YOU HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK AND THE OTHERS
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ive read the first 1 and this 1 so i cant wait 4 the nxt 1!!! Hurry up Helene!!!!!!!!!! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Needs more books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read that 1th book and i won't to know if this book better than the 1th book??????????? please reply ASAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THX'S :)