Monday, December 31, 2012

Source Books Presents The Real Mermaids Love The Holidays Blog Tour!‏

Author Hélène Boudreau has provided some of Jade’s favorite snacks from the Real Mermaids series, which have been ‘holiday-ize’ just for you!

· Candy Cane Covered Popcorn—In Real Mermaids Don’t Hold Their Breath, Cori and Jade were totally desperate for a sleepover snack so Cori whipped up a batch of chocolate covered popcorn in the microwave. Try their holiday version, complete with candy cane sprinkles to give it that festive touch!

· Chocolate Mug Cake—In Real Mermaids Don’t Wear Toe Rings, Jade was stuck at her grandma’s cottage without any chocolate in sight. That’s when she found a recipe for a 5-minute Chocolate Mug Cake online. Yes! Cake in FIVE MINUTES. Jade adds raspberries and whipped cream to this version. Holiday dessert, anyone?

· Peanut Butter Cup S’mores—In the upcoming book, Real Mermaids Don’t Need High Heels (Feb 2013), Jade’s cutie friend Luke comes up with a genius campfire treat called Peanut Butter Cup S’mores. Try the cookie version Jade and her friend Rachel come up with, which would be PERFECT around a crackling fireplace (indoors of course!).
Everyone’s favorite mer-girl Jade is back to make a big splash as she enters high school in the hilarious, third installment of the critically-acclaimed Real Mermaids series, Real Mermaids Don’t Need High Heels(February 2013; ISBN: 978-1-4022-6458-0; $6.99 U.S.; Juvenile Fiction; 240 pgs.; Sourcebooks Jabberwocky; Ages 9 and up).

Readers have fallen in love with Jade’s fun and relatable coming-of-age story, in The Real Mermaids Series by Hélène Boudreau. Kirkus praises Hélène Boudreau, saying, “The author keeps suspense high…while tapping straight into young teens’ angst about friends, enemies, and boys.”

In Real Mermaids Don’t Need High Heels, Jade is finally ready for life to return to normal—even if starting ninth grade is like being a goldfish in a shark tank and being asked to the school dance means Jade must get over her fear of awkward dancing.

But just as Jade settles into high school life, there is unrest in the ocean, and the whole mer-world is on the brink of civil war. Can Jade find a plus-sized dress that doesn’t look like a shower curtain, keep her mer-ness a secret, and finally figure out if she and Luke are officially dating? Who knew being a high school freshman is even more awkward than being a plus-sized aqua-phobic mer-girl?
Jade begins her summer confused. Yes, there's that whole "will this be a leg-day or a tail-day" kind of confusion, but Jade's got even bigger problems: it's been three weeks since Mom returned to the ocean with no news of her whereabouts. Plus, it's been twenty-one days since Jade first kissed her mer-boy Luke and now-nothing.

Will Mom find the enchanted tidal pool that will allow her to become human? And why is Luke acting so weird? 

The SEAquel to Helene Boudreau's critically acclaimed Real Mermaids Don't Wear Toe Rings is as energetic and fresh as a salty sea breeze.
First zit. First crush. First…mermaid’s tail?

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…
Hélène Boudreau never spotted a real mermaid while growing up on an island surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, but she believes mermaids are just as plausible as giant squids, flying fish, or electric eels. She now writes fiction and nonfiction for kids from her landlocked 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. 

Learn more about Helene at

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