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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 8
  • Lexile Measure: 730L (What's this?)
  • Series: Real Mermaids
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402264461
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402264467
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 7.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

"This novel had wonder, excitement, scary moments, and just enough teenage interaction to bring back lots of memories of school friendships and first loves." - The Writing Room

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.

More About the Author

Hélène Boudreau is the author of the picture book I DARE YOU NOT TO YAWN (Candlewick) and the tween series REAL MERMAIDS (Sourcebooks/Jabberwocky) as well as other books for children and young adults.

Visit her at http://www.heleneboudreau.com/

Customer Reviews

Good story and plot.
NiNisofia
Great book and very interesting like everything about it and I would recommend it to mermaids and romance.
Tammy L. Humphries
Love jade, love Luke, love Cori, love Michaela, love dad, love Luke's grandfather, LOVE EVERYTHING!!!
Sierra Helene Aubery

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Bumble Girl on February 19, 2013
Format: Paperback
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!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Flashlight Reader on September 23, 2012
Format: Paperback
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.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Savannah (Books With Bite) on June 27, 2012
Format: Paperback
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.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chels on June 15, 2012
Format: Paperback
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

*Complimentary copy received for this review, does not affect my opinion in any way*
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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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