My 2 cents:
Mermaids! Mermen! Ninth grade. Jade and BFF Cori, boyfriend Luke and frenemy Lainey Chamberlain. Add all this to a small town on a lake and the ocean, and you have just hit the jackpot for YA Literature.
Helene Boudreau's newest mermaid novel, Real Mermaids Don't Need High Heels, comes out this month (February, 2013). Sweet, funny (and suspenseful), this little treat of a book is ready for publication just in time for Valentine's Day! Just as Jade enters ninth grade at Port Toulouse Regional High, ready for lockers and lunch (free of teacher supervision), and walking to class with her cool, new boyfriend (Luke), she finds herself suddenly back in Defense Mode, preparing to fight off a new attack from the errant Mermish Council.
New friendships form, discoveries and rescues are made, but will Jade save her mermaid family and friends in time to attend the Fall Folly Dance? And, more importantly, if she is free to go, what will she wear?
12-year-old Lizzey Love (my smart, funny daughter) interviewed Author Helene Boudreau about her newest book and shares her project with readers below.
1) What can you tell me about Jade in the third book?
In Real Mermaids Don’t Need High Heels, Jade is really ready for life to return to normal – even if ninth grade is like being a goldfish in a shark tank and the upcoming Fall Folly Formal means Jade must get over her fear of awkward dancing. Plus 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, finally figure out if she and Luke are officially dating, and help pull off the biggest political coup in mer history?
With so much at stake, ‘awkward dancing’ is rapidly becoming the least of Jade’s worries.
2) Are Cori and Jade still best friends?
Cori and Jade are definitely still best friends but things get a little complicated when Serena (the mergirl from Talisman Lake) comes back to town and Jade needs to be her constant babysitter to help keep her out of trouble. Lainey is stirring up trouble again, too, so it becomes a bit complicated when Jade tries to make nice with Lainey's mom to save Cori's fashion mentorship and Cori doesn't appreciate her going behind her back to do so.
3) What do you do when you're not writing a book?
I write full time but I'm a mom of two girls so that keeps me plenty busy the rest of my free time. I'm also a 1/2 marathon walker and love to start my day with a good long walk. When I have time, I love to paint or play my guitar.
4) Do you like to swim? (I do - I love the water!!!!)
I used to be a lifeguard so I love to swim!
5) Who is your favorite artist (musicwise)?
I love strong female vocalists who are also musicians who play instruments so Alison Krauss and Diana Krall are at the top of my list. Pink is also a fave whenever I’m out on a powerwalk. I think she’s awesome.Thank you, Ms. Boudreau! And, thank you, Lizzey! Your question/answer session is absolutely SPLASHY! Well-done.
Length: 233 pages
BONUS: Go to www.heleneboudreau.com/ for lots more info on Jade and her new adventures . . .