Real Mermaids Don't Wear Toe Rings

Real Mermaids Don't Wear Toe Rings

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"Freak of nature takes on a whole new meaning..." If she hadn't been so clueless, she might have seen it coming. But really, who expects to get into a relaxing bathtub after a stressful day of shopping for tankinis and come out with scales and a tail? Most. Embarrassing. Moment. Ever. Jade soon discovers she inherited her mermaid tendencies from her mom. But if Mom was a mermaid, how did she drown? Jade is determined to find out. So how does a plus-size, aqua-phobic mer-girl go about doing that exactly? And how will Jade ever be able to explain her secret to her best friend, Cori, and to her crush, Luke? This summer is about to get a lot more interesting... ""Absolutely fresh and sweet, a quirky coming of age story.""
-The YA-5
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Product details

  • 0-5
  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 129.54 x 190.5 x 20.32mm | 22.68g
  • Naperville, United States
  • English
  • 1402244126
  • 9781402244124
  • 178,764

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"This was a quick and easy read and I managed to read it in one sitting as I was curled up on the couch one afternoon. The day I read it was over cast and dreary out. Your typical winter day so it was nice to imagine being somewhere nice and summery.

This is a great middle grade book for girl readers." - Cindy's Love of Books
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About Helene Boudreau

Helene 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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3,082 ratings
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3 23% (722)
2 7% (216)
1 3% (86)

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Helene Boudreau has written a humorous coming-of-age story; brilliantly combining contemporary and fantasy! I wish that this book was around when I was a tween - so witty, entertaining and fun - loved every second I spent with Jade! Jade is your average tween just trying to find the perfect swimsuit for her best friend's pool party... so happy to have found the perfect one, she was not prepared for all that happens afterwards! First period. First crush run-in. Major embarrassing moment with Dad in front of first crush. Could Jade's day get any worse? How 'bout a giant fish-tail??? Yes. It is completely possible for a bad day to get worse. Poor Jade! In less than 24 hours, Jade 'becomes a woman' and finds out that she's half human, half mermaid. And that her mother used to be a mermaid too. Her mother who drowned in the lake last summer. Everything about Jade, her family and friends, her life seemed so realistic. Her attitude, whit and independence made Jade such a strong character that many girls will love and admire. Jade is inspiring, no matter what happened, she dealt with it the best way she could. And I loved that she was so close to her dad and was able to go to him for anything that she needed help with - including the embarrassing trip to the store! Which made their relationship and story so much more realistic and relatable. There were so many laugh-out-loud moments, I was smiling the entire time. And of course, there were moments where my heart went out to Jade - this is an age where a girl really could use a mother figure and she was truly missing her mom so much, there were quite a few tender moments where she needed her so much. Oh, and Jade's crush, Luke. I wasn't sure at first if he was a keeper or not. Still not sure. But Luke's got a few secrets of his own! He's a keeper, for now! Also, the way that the author was able to integrate Jade's transformation from human to mermaid was so natural. Every time it happened it seemed like something normal, something that may actually be able to happen in real life. The changes that Jade went through physically were not simple, but the explanation and details made it seem very believable and mesmerizing. I am really looking forward to watching Jade grow and blossom, and also learning more about Luke and what has happened to Jade's mom in the next book, Real Mermaids Don't Hold Their more
by Margie C
Jade has the worst day ever. First, she gets her period while shopping for a bathing suit. Then, because of a little white lie, she needs help from her Dad buying period supplies. He embarrasses her in front of a boy, and now she can't wait to just relax in the tub. Unfortunately, her troubles don't stop there. After falling asleep in the bath, she wakes up to discover a mermaid's tail in place of her legs. Jade freaks out, but eventually changes back to human. Soon, her Dad's forced to tell her that her mother used to be a mermaid. His answer raises all kinds of questions, but the most important one is "If Mom was a mermaid, how did she drown?" Jade's father can't answer that question. Amidst friendship dilemmas, boy troubles, and trying to understand this new side of herself, Jade isn't going to rest until she uncovers the truth about her mother's mysterious death. REAL MERMAIDS DON'T WEAR TOE RINGS is a cute mermaid book with depth. It's a coming-of-age tale. It's a mystery. It's a friendship novel. It's a first crush story. All of these combined make one fun read. There's danger, romance, family drama, funny escapades, and sweet moments between a father and his more
by TeensReadToo
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