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Real Mermaids Don't Need High Heels Paperback – February 1, 2013

4.7 out of 5 stars 49 customer reviews
Book 3 of 4 in the Real Mermaids Series

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Half-mermaid, half-human Jade wishes her only worries were ninth-grade elections and asking Luke to the school dance, but when the Mermish Council invokes an ancient law that could mean losing her mom, boyfriend, and a few teachers and townsfolk, Jade springs into action to prevent the head of the council from achieving her nefarious objective. This sequel to Real Mermaids Don’t Wear Toe Rings (2010) is more of the same light fare, still suffering from didactic moments but good fun and easy reading nonetheless. Also includes Luke’s Five-Minute Peanut Butter Cup S’mores recipe. Grades 5-9. --Cindy Welch

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HÉLÈNE BOUDREAU believes mermaids are just as plausible as giant squids, flying fish or electric eels. She now writes fiction and non-fiction for kids from her land-locked home in Ontario, Canada. Her first book of this series, Real Mermaids Don't Wear Toe Rings, was a 2011 SCBWI Crystal Kite Award finalist. www.heleneboudreau.com
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Product Details

  • Series: Real Mermaids
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (February 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402264585
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402264580
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #598,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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These books are very quick reading for the average adult, because they are geared more for junior high/early high school aged readers. They are very reminiscent of Beverly Cleary in that the characters are very easily relatable, even with being 1/2 mermaid. The adolescent issues are very real. I found the entire series to be sweet and poignant while having some surprises and twists and turns along the way. I'd highly recommend them to anyone who loves mermaids and wants a bit of fun summer reading.
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Really well put. I loved all the adventure and goofy romance. I can't wait for the next book

The best yet .I really enjoyed it .I loved all the adventure and goofy romance. I can't wait for the next book to come out!
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Real Mermaids Don't Need High Heels is the third book in the Real Mermaids series. If you've not had the opportunity to read this series yet, you should. It's a cute series about a girl named Jade who finds out she's half-mermaid. She not only has to deal with the problems of being a mermaid, but also the problems of being a pre-teen. It's a great series for kids, or older, who like mermaid tales. This is a series I would recommend that you start with the first book, Real Mermaids Don't Wear Toe Rings.
This book begins with Jade and her BFF, Cori, on their first day of High School. They're both racked with nervous energy. Jade is thrown for a loop when her Gram stops by the school to enroll Serena, a fellow mermaid, into school. Jade must help Serena acclimate to her life as a human. Luckily she has great friends to help her. On top of that there's a school dance coming up, and she's not sure if Luke will ask her. However all this seems to take a backseat when the Mermaid council demands that all mermaid land dwellers must return to the ocean. This is a huge problem considering that her mom and her boyfriend are both mers.
I have really enjoyed reading this series. I love Jade's character. Her character has grown a lot since the first book, but she still struggles with insecurities. Boudreau writes her character in such a way that most girls would be able to identify themselves with Jade. I also love the relationship themes in this series. The author stresses how important friendship is as well as family dynamics. Jade is loyal and would do anything for the ones she loves. I liked this book as much as the first. I really hope the author considers writing more of the series because I would definitely read it!
For the parents out there: This is a clean read. There is an innocent chaste kiss, teen angst, and drama. If it were a movie, I'd rate it PG.
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I've said it not once, not twice, but three times now. The Real Mermaids series is a breath of fun, sweet, humorous fun as we follow half-human, half-mer girl Jade through the trials and tribulations of growing up in a world she never envisioned. This series is full of so many firsts, and REAL MERMAIDS DON'T NEED HIGH HEELS is no exception. Jade is entering high school for the first time. She finally has a boyfriend...she thinks. And she's been reunited with her long-lost mother! What could go wrong?

Only the fact that Jade is put into the eighth-ninth grade split homeroom. She has to return to the middle school wing every day, while her best friend Cori and now-actual boyfriend Luke get to be in the cooler ninth-tenth grade split. Instead, she's in a homeroom with burping, smelly, immature boys, the evil Lainey and, surprise, surprise, Serena, who is still adjusting to her own life on two legs. There's also a fall dance looming where the girls ask the guys, and since Luke is her boyfriend now, that means she's expected to ask him, right? Even though they haven't been on a real date yet and she doesn't even want to go in the first place? And as if she needs even more to worry about, a supermoon is coming, and the Mermish Council wants to invoke Tidal Law to recall all land-walking merfolk to the sea to quell rumors that webbed one (landwalkers) exist and stop a revolution before it can begin. Jade's only just gotten her mother back. There's no way she's losing her again!

Hélène Boudreau continues to balance the awkward pains of growing up for a girl split between two worlds, tying the two together in a fun, fresh way.
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Jade is excited to start high school after her harrowing summer. At last, she can relax and enjoy her new boyfriend, Luke. However, the first day of school brings plenty of surprises. The biggest is that Selena is back and she is enrolled in school. It is Jade's responsibility to help her fit in, no easy task to get a teenage mermaid who barely speaks English situated in school. Then Jade and her family learn that the Mermish Council is up to no good as they are commanding all the mermaids on land to return to the water, like it or not. Jade is discouraged that she might stand to lose her mother and family after everything she went through to keep them together. Can Jade somehow find a way to save her family and manage to be an ordinary teenager?
What I Liked:
*First, I am not the target audience so even though this was a three star read for me, I can highly recommend it for tweens. This book follows Jade a fourteen year old teenage girl who just happens to be half mermaid, not only is Jade part fish, but she is also plus sized. I was excited to see a female protagonist with some curves. Let's face it, we all can't be skinny size zero. I enjoyed that Jade was, for the most part, confident and happy thanks to her loving family and spectacular friends, including her boyfriend, Luke. Sure, she is a bit self conscious about her body image, especially when it comes to going to the dance, but what girl isn't concerned about her appearance? I loved that Jade shows these flaws and fears, it makes her a likeable character that will appeal to the younger crowd.
*I was especially pleased that this book was well suited for the younger adults, more for tweens and upper middle graders, not that it can't be enjoyed by older teens, but the target audience is definitely the younger teens.
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