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Monday, December 31

Real Mermaids

Real Mermaids Don’t Need High Heels- by Hélène Boudreau

Real Mermaids Don’t Need High Heels is the third book in the Real Mermaids series. I will say that it most certainly helps if you have read the first two books before reading this one; there is quite a bit of back-story and character connections that make much more sense if you read the series in order. I thought THIS book, however, was adorable. Jade has quite a bit of gumption for a fish out of water (pun intended). The friendships are strong throughout the book but in particular between Jade and Cori, the romantic entanglements age appropriate and the high school nerves accurate for the new freshmen. While I was skeptical of the ability of a 14 year old to spearhead and complete a revolution in a day, I relished Jade’s time on land navigating the problems of high school dances, school elections, sports teams and the big dance.  I would highly recommend this series for pre-teen and early teen readers interested in mermaids or just looking for a fun, silly, easy read.

Overall: A-

Real Mermaid’s Don’t Need High Heels is out from Sourcebooks on February 1st . Pre-order your copy here.

E-galley provided gratis by Sourcebooks via Netgalley 

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Tuesday, December 11

In anticipation of the third book release in the Real Mermaid series by Helene Boudreau, Real Mermaids Don’t Need High Heels, we’re delighted to bring you a yummy, festive holiday treat from Jade! A super easy and super yummy raspberry mug cake! Oh, and be sure to check back tomorrow to read our review of Real Mermaids Don’t Need High Heels!



Real Mermaids Festive Treats

Hi everyone! Jade here from Real Mermaids. 

One of my favourite things about the upcoming holidays is the great treats we get to make and share. I love food so much, in fact, that I included a recipe for some of my favourite snacks in each of the Real Mermaids books. 

My friend Cori and I thought we’d experiment a bit and ‘holiday-ize’ each recipe for you!

In Real Mermaids Don’t Wear Toe Rings, I was stuck at my Gran’s cottage without any chocolate in sight. That’s when I turned to Google and found a recipe for a 5-minute Chocolate Mug Cake. Yes! Cake in FIVE MINUTES. I added raspberries and whipped cream to this version. Holiday dessert, anyone?

Chocolate Mug Cake with Raspberries and Whipped Cream

First, get yourself the biggest microwaveable mug in the cupboard. Add:

- 4 tablespoons flour 

- 4 tablespoons sugar 

- 2 tablespoons cocoa 

 Mix it well. Then add:

- 1 egg 

Mix. Then add:

- 3 tablespoons milk 

- 3 tablespoons oil 

Mix. Then add:

- 3 tablespoons chocolate chips (NOT optional—at least as far as I’m concerned) 

- 1 capful of vanilla extract 

And… MIX! 

Cook in the microwave for 3 minutes at 1000 watts (high). The cake will look like it’s going to overflow but don’t freak out! Let it cool for a bit (unless you want to burn your lips off) and add raspberries and whipped cream to make it fancy, then ENJOY!

Happy treats and have a great holiday, everyone!



About the Book:

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).

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?

The Author:

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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