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Real Mermaids Don't Wear Toe Rings [Kindle Edition]

Helene Boudreau
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Book Description

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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From School Library Journal

Gr 5-8-Jade, 14, finally gets her first period-in the dressing room at the mall. She shoves napkins in her panties and makes a beeline to the drugstore, where her dad Googles "menstruation" on his Blackberry and fills up a shopping cart with feminine hygiene products, pain pills, and bath salts. Embarrassed and blushing, Jade runs into handsome Luke Martin and can't put a sentence together. When she gets home, she takes a bath and grows a tail. Her dad explains that her mother, who went missing a year ago, was a mermaid. A few days later, Jade eats lunch by the lake and hears her mother's voice from the water. She enters the lake and transforms into a mermaid. Jade learns that her mother was kidnapped by convict merfolk and tortured in fresh water and is determined to find her. Jade is a likeable, sarcastic, plus-sized teen dealing with human and mermaid emotions in this fantasy (Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, pap. 2010) by Helene Boudreau. Jen Taylor's vocal characterization is a perfect match for of Jade's rollercoaster of emotions. This suspenseful and slightly romantic audiobook will garner fans.-Samantha Larsen Hastings, Riverton Library, UT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From Booklist

Jade’s fourteenth birthday means more than just an extra candle: a soak in a warm Epsom-salted tub of water exposes a mermaid’s tale—attached to her! She also discovers that her mother wasn’t drowned after all but is a mermaid who is being held hostage by rogue merfolk intent on discovering the secret of changing into human form. Can Jade get the right kind of help to bring her mom back home? What begins as a coming-of-age story becomes a mildly suspenseful chase-and-rescue mission. There are subplots involving classic adolescent moments like Jade’s first serious crush, a semi-serious third-wheel threat to a long-standing best friendship, and a single dad coping with his daughter’s first period. The first-person narrative brings Jade’s experiences up close and personal for readers who know what it’s like to have secrets and feel like a fish out of water. A quick read, at times a little flat, with touches of humor; give this to girls not quite ready for snogging. Grades 6-9. --Cindy Welch

Product Details

  • File Size: 360 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1402244126
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky; 1 edition (December 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004BA57KS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,428 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! May 4, 2012
A Kid's Review
This book is a great story about a girl who figures out she's a mermaid. However, this book does NOT just blend into the background with all the other teen mermaid books. It has a real story behind it- something more than just a girl who has a fishy secret.
I have to warn moms that this book is not for girls who don't know are aren't comfortable with puberty. Jade (the main character/mermaid) gets her period and talks about other, um, big girl stuff.
But for girls who are going to read this book, you are very smart and you know how to choose a good book. :) When I read it on vacation, I couldn't put it down. Literally, we have pictures of my cousin and I squished into a chair reading. It may not have been the most comfy setup, but hey, it was worth it for a great book like this one!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book April 10, 2012
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Good book...but I don't recommend it for little kids because it involves kissing and some romance...anyway it's a wonderful book!

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tween Read! April 16, 2011
Really cute book for tweens! This novel has just the right amount of sass to keep those tweens reading on. The voice is really fresh and the story is really cute, but is a little lower aged than what I perfer to read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute January 11, 2011
By Yan
What's more embarrassing: pimple of day; bathing suit with nothing flattering the body; getting your first period while bathing suit shopping; running into a hot boy on your way to buy pads; run into your dad literally and buys you pads. Well, that's not as bad compared to finding yourself having fins instead of feet. Some girls have all the luck.

Real Mermaids Don't Wear Toe Rings is like no other coming-of-age story that I have read yet. It's charming yet exciting with an adventure of lives at stake. The battle to save her family was impressive for a middle grade novel with such a cute cover.

Jade is a well-spoken narrator with enough spunk to keep the readers' interest. Jade has a lot of her plate, but she is far from being that whiny tween a reader would hate to read about. I love Jade because even when she's down, she's not down for the count. Her best friend, Cori, helped with the character development of Jade as well as being a relatively, how do you say, a good friend! With so many things going wrong, Jade has at least one good positive thing in her life.

My only problem was with the male interest Luke. I found the ending to be too pitched perfect and a bit hard to shallow in terms of believable. It's the happily ever after many of the readers' want, but if were hinted more and his past clarified I would have bought the situation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT!!!!!!!!! October 1, 2013
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Love the book romance and action what more could we ask for. It's so awesome and it really makes u want to turn the page
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! September 29, 2013
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Amazing funny book. Perfect for girls going into their teens, teens,and middle aged girls. It's a really fun story to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best September 6, 2013
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Definitely one of the best books I've ever read and also the fastest I read this book in less then 2 days.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Daughter digs it. September 3, 2013
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Bought it as a gift and my little girl devoured it very quickly. Helps if they love mermaids, of course!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
This book is the best and I can't wait to get the next one!!! Definitely reading the whole series !!!! GOOD!!!! <3
Published 26 days ago by Abby
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
This book was the best I would recommend this for older kids but other than that it was so awesome
Published 1 month ago by A.apito
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
Great book! If you want to just read this one, bad idea. Read all of them. I promise you will love it.
Published 1 month ago by Katy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
This was a great book for my fifth graders reading assignments. What girl doesn't like mermaids? The chapters were easy to read and comprehend. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Pamela L. Burroughs
3.0 out of 5 stars Real Mermaids Don't wear toe rings
I choose this rating 3 because there is some words that are to big and complicated other than that I like this book
Published 1 month ago by Chelsea Girard
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
this was a good. book but not appropriate for a 9 year old girl like me. but over all it was a great book
Published 1 month ago by kkdesigns
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this book!!!!!
This book was hard to read at first but as soon as you get to the middle or 30 page you won't be able to let go of it
Published 1 month ago by Ann
5.0 out of 5 stars LUV IT!
I love it! Recommend it!
I wish there was more mermaid books..more fantasy. I hope to read more soon. Lena out!
Published 2 months ago by colena456
4.0 out of 5 stars An awesome mermaid story!
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Published 3 months ago by Jetches
5.0 out of 5 stars Really great book for 9-12 year olds.
My daughter loved this book. She couldn't stop reading it! I really recommend this.
If you are a mermaids fan I really recommend this.
Published 3 months ago by Jennifer L Pettipiece
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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.

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