Real Mermaids Series


Real Mermaids Don’t Wear Toe Rings (book #1)

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…

READ 1st chapter: HERE  LISTEN: HERE  WATCH book trailer: HERE

“Absolutely fresh and sweet, a quirky coming of age story.”
-The YA-5

Reading level: Ages 9 and up
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky; 1 edition (December 1, 2010)
ISBN-10: 1402244126
ISBN-13: 978-1402244124

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Real Mermaids Don’t Hold Their Breath (book #2)

Normal is never coming back…

Jade is totally confused. As in, “will this be a leg-day or a tail-day?” kind of confused. Even worse, it’s been forever since her first kiss with Luke and now—nothing. Not even a text message.


But Jade doesn’t have time to figure out the weirdness of boys and how to use her shiny new tail. (Seriously, being a mermaid should come with a handbook.) She has to come up with a plan to get her missing mermaid mom back on dry land.

The only problem is…Jade is afraid of the ocean. But even aqua-phobic mer-girls have to take the plunge sometime…

READ 1st chapter: HERE

Praise for Real Mermaids Don’t Wear Toe Rings:

“Bravo to Hélène Boudreau for hitting the bull’s-eye with a fresh, affectionate, watery twist on the classic coming-of-age-story.”—New York Journal of Books

“The author keeps suspense high…while tapping straight into young teens’ angst about friends, enemies, and boys.”—Kirkus

Reading level: Ages 9 and up
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (May 1, 2012)
ISBN-10: 1402264461
ISBN-13: 978-1402264467

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Real Mermaids Don’t Need High Heels (book #3)

Just Your Average Teenage Mer-Girl

The only thing that terrifies Jade more than the ocean is dancing at the Fall Formal. Because Jade has two left feet—er, flippers. Who knew being a high school freshman is even more awkward than being a plus-size aqua-phobic mer-girl? At least her only drama is of the human variety…

Or not.

The Mermish Council has just declared that all land-dwelling mers but return to the ocean. Pronto. But there’s no way Jade is going to let her mom, or Luke, her…boyfriend? mer-guy-friend?, disappear into the deep, dark ocean. Again. After all, a girl’s got to have a date to her first dance.

If Jade can stop mer-mageddon, finding a plus-size dress that doesn’t look like a shower curtain should be a piece of cake.

Praise for Real Mermaids Don’t Need High Heels:

“The adventures of a part-time mermaid continue with more comedy and easy but suspenseful action…Frothy fun.”—Kirkus

Reading level: Ages 9 and up
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (Feb 1, 2013)
ISBN-10: 1402264585
ISBN-13: 978-1402264580 amazon.combarnes&

Real Mermaids Don’t Sell Sea Shells (book #4)

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.

Reading level: Ages 9 and up
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (fall, 2013)
ISBN-10:  1402284985
ISBN-13: 978-1402284984

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