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. Volume XX Number 6. . . .October 11, 2013
Jade has been living as a Webbed One (half mermaid, half human) since she started her period. In this third book in the “Real Mermaids” series, Jade’s going into grade nine with a surprise “relative” in tow. Tagging along with her is Serena; a Mer-girl who is being forced by her blackmailing parents to give life above water a try. Jade’s been able to tell a few people about her secret abilities, but, while at school, she has to convince everyone that her mom is really her aunt, and that Serena is her cousin. To help Serena fit in, Jade has to cover up for her awkwardness (not wearing shoes to school) and put up with her mistakes (deleting her hard drive) all while helping her run for class president. The uniforms they wear during their underwater hockey games come in handy though when the Mers and Webbed Ones gather together to fight against the controlling Mermish Council. Courage, love, and a new invention by Jade’s father allow them to regain some control of their freedom, but perhaps only temporarily. The water is still a dangerous place to be, especially for Merfolk like Luke who will be visiting his Mer-family weekly. Jade discovers the best of both worlds though, and she celebrates by attending a school dance in a beautiful dress designed by her best friend, Cori. Each book in this series begins with a recap of the previous stories and ends with a recipe. Boudreau’s portrayal of a plus-sized mermaid is to be admired.
Tanya Boudreau is a librarian at the Cold Lake Public Library in Cold Lake, AB.
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