May 23, 2013

Mermaid tales

Real Mermaids Don't Wear Toe Rings
by Hélène Boudreau

Jade's first period comes with an unpleasant surprise - she sprouts fins! Yes, Jade is a mermaid and apparently, so was her late mother. So how could her mother drown? Turns out there's a few secrets in the town lake, including an underwater prison. Jade's determined to rescue her mother, but that's pretty difficult when your hormones are fluctuating, you're self-conscious about your weight, and you don't like getting wet.

Breathless and funny, Boudreau's modern take on the traditional mermaid tale is a refreshing mix of fantasy and reality.

Real Mermaids Don't Hold Their Breath

Jade has finally reunited with her mother, but now she's lost her boyfriend, Luke. Plus, the tide pool, where mers wait to transform, is being threatened by a nearby mall extension. Jade, beset as always by anxiety, impulsiveness, and a tendency to panic, tries to sort everything out in this frantic, yet entertaining sequel.

Real Mermaids Don't Need High Heels

The mermaid shenanigans continue in the madcap finale. This time Jade has to prevent the Mermaid Council from forcing the Webbed Ones to return to the ocean permanently. To make things complicated, first-time land dweller Serena is her new classmate. Physical activity is a requirement this school year, so Jade unhappily finds herself drafted onto the underwater hockey team. Since she and Serena are supposed to keep their mermaid tendencies a secret, this is so not a good idea. But conveniently, Port Toulouse is practically a mer haven. With their help, Jade pulls off a last minute rebellion. Along the way, some surprising revelations come to light before everything is neatly wrapped up in a very happily ever after ending.

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