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Quick! Close your mouth!

Especially if your eyes feel droopy, your shoulders feel sloopy, and your mouth feels like it wants to stretch open wide to let out a great big yawny yaaaaaawn — hey, you were supposed hold it in! Oh, dear. You know what happens next, don’t you?

(You were warned. You can’t say you weren’t warned!)

A hilarious—and infectious—cautionary fable that is so much fun, readers will beg for it again and again, whatever the consequences!

Praise for I Dare You Not to Yawn:

Publisher’s Weekly: “Boudreau… dispenses mock advice for children who want to avoid bedtime with a sly dose of comedy.”

Kirkus: “Just the ticket for nap-time or bedtime sharing.”

SLJ: “a fun selection”

Booklist: “Boudreau and Bloch work seamlessly here to deliver the funny…”

Awards and Nominations:

2014 SCBWI Crystal Kite Award winner  
2014 Ontario Library Association Blue Spruce Award Honour Book
2014 Missouri Library Association Building Block Picture Book Award nominee
2014 Texas Library Association 2×2 Reading List
2014-2015 Abilene ISD Mockingbird Award nominee

2013 Parents’ Choice Award winner  
2013 Ontario Library Association Best Bet
2013 Toronto Public Library ‘First & Best’ Booklist


I DARE YOU NOT TO YAWN. Text copyright © 2013 by Hélène Boudreau. Illustrations copyright © 2013 by Serge Bloch. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA.

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Sun, surf and tropical breezes are no ‘day at the beach’ because being a teenage mermaid never takes a vacation.

With all the mers in Jade’s life now safe, happy and legit (with passports to prove it) and the underwater mer-world off the coast of Port Toulouse on the road to democracy, it’s time to relax and plan for the future. Jade can’t think of a better way to celebrate than with a tropical wedding in the Bahamas with Mom and Dad to finally make their family ‘official’.

Soon, Jade is enjoying the tropical sunshine, all-you-can-eat buffet, and island day trips. But when Jade gets lost in the island’s famous waterfront Straw Market, something doesn’t feel quite right. A body splashes into the water as a cruise ship enters the harbor and a teen boy selling conches from his boat behind the market knows more than he’s willing to admit.

With no body, no leads, and no other witnesses, though, the local police don’t seem too concerned. Maybe Jade’s imagination has been acting up on her, just like Cori said, considering everything she’s been through in the past few months.

But with Mom and Dad off on a honeymoon excursion it wouldn’t hurt to check things out, would it?  Little do Jade and Cori realize, they are about to uncover more secrets about the splashing body, dangerous cruise ship cargo, and more questions than answers lurking in the nearby Caribbean waters.

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