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...
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.
5 of 5 Mermaids
First can I just say that I absolutely love this series. It is a great series with some messages that are great for teen girls. I love the fact that our main character Jade is a plus size. She is no skinny mini girl but your average size girl. So kudos to Helene for bring out that point.
In this book we get to see so much from Jade. She has been through a lot of stuff and she is happy to finally be starting high school. She has her mother and she has her boyfriend Luke by her side so she can face anything. But as we all know high school is trying and when Selena shows up the first day of school and Jade is expected to help her she is not pleased. She wants to have a normal high school experience. She does not want to be a baby sitter.
Then if things could not get any worse the Mermish council is up to no good again and telling every mer person who lives above the water to return to the water. But Jade is not accepting that. She wants to be happy in the human world with her mother and her boyfriend Luke. She will have to fight to keep what she wants. Like that is not her only problem she is stressing about what to wear to the Fall Formal. She wants to wear a beautiful dress but she does not want to wear a tent or a curtain. Being plus size doesn't give you much of a choice as to what to wear.
This is a must read story that is both funny and refreshing!
Hélène Boudreau grew up on an island surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean but now writes fiction and non-fiction for kids from her land-locked home in Ontario, Canada.
She has never time-travelled or saved an endangered bird, nor has she ever spotted a mermaid in the wild, but she believes mermaids are just as plausible as sea horses, flying fish, or electric eels.
Her tween novel, Real Mermaids Don’t Wear Toe Rings is a 2011 Crystal Kite Member Choice Award Finalist.
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