…and I couldn’t be happier! :-)

From The New York Journal of Books: “Ms. Boudreau writes knowingly about the political minefield of adolescent girl relationships and surging guy-crushes, and she puts Jade in quite a crucible: Trying to solve the mystery of her mother’s death, pass high school, keep her friends, win the guy—and not morph into a fish in public. The author is savvy enough to have left a few threads loose, and she has built enough conflict in the nascent mermaid world to warrant a very nice sequel. Oh, it’s never easy to be a 14-year-old girl. Bravo to Hélène Boudreau for hitting the bull’s-eye with a fresh, affectionate, watery twist on the classic coming-of-age-story.”

From Kirkus Reviews: “…the author keeps suspense high and her prose moving while tapping straight into young teens’ angst about friends, enemies and boys.”

From The YA-5: “Absolutely fresh and sweet, a quirky coming of age story.”  (and a full review where she likens my character, Jade, to Margaret. YES! Judy Blume’s Margaret. *faints*)

Real Mermaids Don’t Wear Toe Rings (book and audiobook in stores December 1st/ 2010)


The reviews are in and they couldn’t be better!

Review in CM Magazine (click to read the full review…)

Keep Out! is truly a compelling story, with hints given throughout the book about who or what is causing the piping plovers’ eggs to be broken. Readers may be particularly interested in learning that the piping plover attempts to distract predators by pretending to have a broken wing. Keep Out! is especially recommended for emergent or reluctant readers, but it can be enjoyed by just about anyone.”

Review in The Chronicle Herald

“An excellent little mystery written in a fun, engaging, straightforward style makes Keep Out! a good choice for newer independent readers.”

This is perfect timing for the US release of KEEP OUT! (October 1st) so to CELEBRATE I am GIVING AWAY a signed copy of KEEP OUT!

Just post a message in the comments about your favourite rare or endangered animal or plant and you’re entered to win!

A bit about the book:

In KEEP OUT! Lucas and Andre try to solve the mystery of who, or what, has destroyed the endangered piping plover’s nest of Prince Edward Island National Park. And Lucas hatches a plan to get Andre to keep his dirty socks on his side of the room!

Read the first chapter: HERE!

View the book trailer: HERE!

Download the Teacher’s Guide: HERE!

Purchase: chapters.indigo.ca indiebound.com amazon.ca amazon.combarnes&noble.com

And guess what else? THE SEQUEL IS COMING! I just heard from my editor and editing will commence soon PLUS the illustrations are AWESOME! Can you tell how excited I am? Here’s more…

COMING: spring 2011

In WATER HAZARD! Lucas and Andre wonder how the best Irish Mossing horse in Prince Edward Island got injured. Was it an accident or sabotage? And will their classmate, Summer, stop reciting poetry long enough for them to figure it out?

SO ENTER NOW!  If you tweet about it or share the link on facebook, let me know in the comments to have even MORE chances to win a signed copy of KEEP OUT! Draw will be held October 1st in time for the U.S. release!

Good luck!

*contest is limited to US and Canada*

I know this is probably equivalent to having my mom review my book but chicklet (who is 9) worked hard ALL day, reading the ARC of REAL MERMAIDS DON’T WEAR TOE RINGS and would like to share her thoughts. :-)

Chicklet’s review on
Real Mermaids Don’t Wear Toe Rings

Part’s I liked: “Dad are you googling this?!?!?!”

Mumma wrote it and It is funny!!! :-) :-) :-)

Parts I disliked: NONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mumma helped me with this part… (from the back of the book):


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. Embarassing. Moment. Ever.

Jade soon discovers she inherited her mermaid tendencies from her mom. But this revelation raises a serious question: if Mom was a mermaid, how did she drown?

Jade is determined to find out. But how does a plus-sized, 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 her crush, Luke?

This summer is about to get a lot more interesting…

Back to me…


OUT OF 10……11

:-)’s Out of 10: :-)  :-)  :-)  :-)  :-)  :-)  :-)  :-)  :-)  :-)  :-)

TOP OF THE GUST RED AND LOVED PILE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

From: CHICKLET :-)

And now my mumma said I need to go to bed… :-(