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Real Mermaids Don't Hold Their Breath by Hélène Boudreau

Monday, June 11, 2012

Jade begins her summer confused. Yes, there's that whole "will this be a leg-day or a tail-day" kind of confusion, but Jade's got even bigger problems: It's been three weeks since Mom returned to the ocean with no news of her whereabouts. Plus, it's been twenty-one days since Jade first kissed her mer-boy Luke and now-nothing.
Will Mom find the enchanted tidal pool that will allow her to become human? And why is Luke acting so weird?
The SEAquel to H l ne Boudreau's critically acclaimed Real Mermaids Don't Wear Toe Rings is as energetic and fresh as a salty sea breeze.

Goodreads Summary

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

*Reviewed by Colleen*

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  1. I want to read this I read Daughters of the Sea series by Kathryn Lasky and ever since then my daughter and I love mermaids. This sounds like a great read:)

  1. katayoun said...:

    this sounds lovely, i love mermaid stories!

  1. Lili said...:

    I've been eating up mermaid stories lately, but I've never even heard of this one before. You've introduced me to so many books without realizing it. Thank you!

  1. This reminds me of when I was little too! I used to read any and all mermaid stories. :)

  1. Sounds cute! I love mermaid stories too. First kisses and learning to use her new tail. Plus a little mystery of find the mom. Environmental issues come up a lot in mermaid books usually because of ocean contaminants.

  1. Stephanie said...:

    This sounds like a fun story! I am interested in mermaids but actually haven't read a lot about them

  1. How cool would it be to have a tail? Only in the water. I still have to have legs. This book sounds really cute. I don't know if I could really get into if it is for that young of an age group, but it sounds like the perfect book to get for my nieces.