Announcement: REAL MERMAIDS book FOUR!

Date: Monday September 24, 2012
Posted in: Good news!,Real Mermaids

I am SO pleased to announce that I’ll be releasing a FOURTH book in the REAL MERMAIDS series.


Here is the announcement in today’s Publisher’s Marketplace!

*click to enlarge or text below*

REAL MERMAIDS DON’T WEAR TOE RINGS author Hélène Boudreau’s fourth book in the Real Mermaids series, REAL MERMAIDS DON’T SELL SEA SHELLS, where sun, surf and tropical breezes are no ‘day at the beach’ because being a teenage mermaid never takes a vacation, to Aubrey Poole at Jabberwocky, by Lauren MacLeod at The Strothman Agency (World English).

It will be joining the other three books in the series:






I can’t wait to see what the talented designers at Jabberwocky do with the cover for book #4 and I am thrilled to be working with my fabulous editor, Aubrey Poole, again.

A big shout out to my superstar agent, Lauren MacLeod, for arranging the deal. This is our FIFTH book sale together in three years and will mark my FOURTEENTH published book for children.

If this is a dream, please don’t wake me! :-)



Date: Thursday November 17, 2011
Posted in: Good news!,Real Mermaids Don't Wear Toe Rings,RMDWTR

I had no idea what this package was when the UPS man dropped it off. I was even more confused when I opened it.

“That’s nice…” I thought. But why was Sourcebooks/ Jabberwocky sending me more author copies?

Then I noticed the little red addition at the bottom of the cover…

Scholastic! A children’s author’s dream come true (at least THIS author :-) ).

Now available in the Scholastic Teen December/ Holiday sales in Canada (page 3) and the US (page 1!).

Real Mermaids Don’t Wear Toe Rings is only about six weeks old but WOW! what a ride it has been so far.

Thanks, EVERYONE, for the reader e-mail, blog mentions, tweets, contests and reviews and for helping to spread the word about Jade–my chocolate-mug-cake-loving/reluctant mermaid.

Your support and enthusiasm have meant SO much!

Some of you have asked, “Will there be a sequel?!” and today, I can enthusiastically say NO! 

There will not be a sequel.

   There will be TWO!!!!!!!   

From today’s Publishers Marketplace:

REAL MERMAIDS DON’T WEAR TOE RINGS author Hélène Boudreau’s next two books in the Real Mermaids series, about a plus-sized, aquaphobic teenager with mermaid tendencies, again to Rebecca Frazer at Jabberwocky,  by Lauren MacLeod at The Strothman Agency (World English).

PROOF! *click to enlarge*

Doing a couple of virtual cannon balls and back flips over this news. Woohoo!

Plus! Want to win a copy of Real Mermaids Don’t Wear Toe Rings?  Swing by these two blogs for a chance to win!

The Life (and Lies) of Inanimate Flying Objects: contest ends Jan 31st

The Bookologist: contest ends Feb 13th

So, there’s my news!

Two SEA-QUELS! Hooray!

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: amazon.combarnes&

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*

More good news!

Date: Thursday October 8, 2009
Posted in: Good news!

What a week! I’m shaking my head in total disbelief. First THIS happened and now MORE good news. Far more than I deserve.

From today’s Publisher’s Marketplace:

Children’s/Middle Grade

Helene Boudreau’s REAL MERMAIDS DON’T WEAR TOE RINGS, about an aquaphobic mer-girl trying to balance the drama of two-legged teenage life with her quest to rescue her mermaid mother from really scary mer-dudes, to Rebecca Frazer at Jabberwocky, for publication in Fall 2010, by Lauren MacLeod at The Strothman Agency (World).

Other things I don’t deserve:

1. My fabulous super agent, Lauren MacLeod. Lauren had to talk me off so many ledges over this whole submission process. She has nerves of steel and can leap tall buildings in a single bound, which is why SHE, on the other hand, TOTALLY deserves this good news.

2. My amazing new editor, Rebecca Frazer. Rebecca is just a whole lot of awesomeness. From the second we spoke on Tuesday, I KNEW she totally *got* my manuscript. Like, how often does THAT happen?

3. My phenomenal critique group. Where the heck would I be without their kicks in the pants and knocks upside the head? Nowhere, that’s where. And yes, they’re that violent, but no pain, no gain.

4. My friends and family. You guys put up with so much. Half the time I can’t believe you’re all still listening. The other half, I whine anyway.

And yes, maybe I don’t deserve all these things, but I sure am grateful! Though, I’m pretty sure I’ve used up my quota of good news and sparkly karma for a good long while. 

Hugs, all! :-)

When I was 9…

Date: Thursday October 1, 2009
Posted in: Good news!

When I was 9…my teacher wrote a picture book. She brought it to school to show us and I remember how she went from teacher to goddess that afternoon, with every flip of the page.


A real author! In my little town! I was in absolute awe and went straight home that afternoon and wrote (and illustrated!) my own picture book about a couple of kids with a crazed robot that goes off on a rampage through town, flattening hedges and knocking soup cans off grocery store shelves.  

Um, yeah. Bestseller, fer shur…

But, a spark ignited in my gut that day. I knew from then on that I wanted to write picture books like my teacher, now an author. I wanted to BE that author more than anything in the world.

Many (many) years passed and about five years ago, I decided to get serious about that childhood dream of mine. So, I wrote a picture book. And another one. And started a novel. And by a very lucky twist of fate, had that novel published. And then wrote more picture books.

And this was one of them (announced today on Publishers Marketplace):

Helene Boudreau’s I DARE YOU NOT TO YAWN, an anti-bedtime story testing the theory of whether yawns are contagious, to Mary Lee Donovan at Candlewick, by Lauren MacLeod at The Strothman Agency (World).


Yup, that’s me. And yup, that’s my book! Needless to say, I’m BEYOND thrilled!

So, I want to give my shy and awkward 9 year-old self a hug right now and say…guess what?

You did it…

I’d long forgotten that 9 year-old’s book, my first picture book, until last year when I was in my hometown launching my first novel ACADIAN STAR. 

Something you should know about my mom: I have 7 siblings and we joke that our mom passes off the same baby picture for all 7 of us.  READ: She’s not very sentimental.

Who can blame her, she was too BUSY to be taking pictures. But that day last October, she went into her back cupboard and pulled out a manila envelope.

She’d saved it.

Thirty years later, she pulled out that very first story of mine, each page laminated, each pencil-drawn sketch of my crazed robot, unsmudged, and said, “I knew you’d want this someday.”

And there it was; the defining moment of my decision to be a children’s author, perfectly preserved.

I’ll admit, I’m bawling as I write this. Maybe I’m up too late, maybe it’s the sense of relief that I can actually share this wonderful news with you, but thank you for reading.

And thanks to my teacher for showing me what was possible, to my wonderful agent, Lauren MacLeod, for believing it was possible for *me* and to Mary Lee Donovan at Candlewick for opening a whole new world of possibilities for me and this book.


Date: Tuesday March 31, 2009
Posted in: Good news!,Red Dune Adventures

I am THRILLED to finally announce my upcoming series with Nimbus Publishing.

RED DUNE ADVENTURES is an illustrated chapter book series for new readers (6-9 year olds). The first volume: KEEP OUT! will be released in the spring of 2010 and the second: WATER HAZARD! will follow in spring 2011.

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

In WATER HAZARD! the boys 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?

I LOVE that this will be a series for new readers and I’m really looking forward to working with the Nimbus team again on this fun, new project!


It’s officially official

Date: Thursday March 26, 2009
Posted in: Good news!

It’s officially official: ACADIAN STAR’s nomination for the 2009-2010 Hackmatack Reader’s Choice Award.




What’s that sound?

Date: Saturday March 7, 2009
Posted in: Acadian Star,Good news!

Could that be the whirr of the printing press as ACADIAN STAR goes off for its second printing?


Well, yes indeed, it is!

When ACADIAN STAR was first published, I remember thinking ‘Geesh, who’s going to buy all those books? My family is big, but not THAT big’, but somehow Nimbus has gone through the first print run and it’s off to the presses once more.


Thanks so much to all my friends, fans (and family!) who’ve bought ACADIAN STAR. It’s been wonderful, reading your reviews on Chapters/Indigo on Amazon and Goodreads. I also appreciate all your lovely notes on my facebook fan page and here on my website.

I can’t believe it was only one year ago when my Nimbus editor called to tell me they were interested in publishing ACADIAN STAR. Yes, her message got cut off on the answering machine (oops!), but thankfully she persisted and here we are, one year later with an award nomination and a second printing.

What a wild ride!


Date: Tuesday March 3, 2009
Posted in: Acadian Star,Good news!

I always wanted to say that! And now I can!



I got a lovely e-mail from my publisher today, congratulating me on ACADIAN STAR’s nomination for the 2009/2010 Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award.

From the Hackmatack site:

The Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award is a literary program designed for young readers in Atlantic Canada. Each year, thousands of children aged nine to twelve (grades four to 6) read from the selection of outstanding Canadian books and vote for the winners. The award is designed after similar successful programs in Ontario (The Silver Birch Award) and British Columbia (The Red Cedar Award).

The Hackmatack Award was established with young readers in mind and serves to achieve the following objectives:

  • to promote and advance reading and literacy among school-aged children in Atlantic Canada
  • to participate in and promote a regional program in schools that will encourage young readers
  • to foster the development and appreciation of writing in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, in both official languages, through a reading program
  • to work with public libraries to encourage readers through a developed reading program
  • to encourage a greater official public recognition of the work of Canadian writers

Thank you to the wonderful team at Nimbus and to all my friends, family and fans for your amazing support over the past year.

Can I hear a WOOHOO?!

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