Monday, June 25, 2012

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday: Real Mermaids Don't Hold Their Breath--and a gveaway!

I'm still finishing up my time at ALA--so I didn't have time to write up a feature this week. I also TOTALLY forgot to draw a winner for last week's MMGM contest--so I will do that RIGHT NOW: 

The winner of WALK TWO MOONS, by Sharon Creech, is...


*confetti toss*

If that's you, email me at SWMessenger (at) hotmail (dot) com with your mailing address and I will send you your prize!

Okay, back to MMGM!

Since I'm out of town, the always amazing Deb Marshall (THANK YOU DEB!!!) volunteered to cover my MMGM. And she's chosen to feature one of her favorites: REAL MERMAIDS DON'T HOLD THEIR BREATH, by Helene Boudreau. 

Here's how the publisher describes it:

Normal is Never Coming Back
Jade is totally confused. As in, "will this be a leg-day or a tail-day?" kind of confused. Even worse, it's been forever since her first kiss with Luke and now—nothing. Not even a text message.


But Jade doesn't have time to figure out the weirdness of boys and how to use her shiny new tail. (Seriously, being a mermaid should come with a handbook.) She has to come up with a plan to get her missing mermaid mom back on dry land.

The only problem is...Jade is afraid of the ocean. But even aqua-phobic mer-girls have to take the plunge sometime...
And just like in previous times, here's Deb explain for herself why all of us need to read this one. Take it away Deb!
Jade is a real girl, with real issues that some of you are going through and some of you remember. She’s just getting on with growing her independence, her friendships, figuring herself and the rest of the world out. Now take that and add in:

  • finding out you’re a mermaid because your mother was one
  • knowing your mother is alive and trapped in the ocean…somewhere
  • navigating your first crush and the crush is returned then suddenly he seems no longer interested which turns into heartbreak 
  • hiding who you really are from your best friend 
  • saving your mom from evil 
You will jump into the water with this one and not come out until done reading. The story is well developed and told in a voice so well done it is as if Jade is sitting next to you. Of course…the same thing is true of the first one, REAL MERMAIDS DON’T WEAR TOE RINGS. Thanks for letting me share the love Shannon. Happy MMGM everyone!


Ooo, that sounds super fun! I will definitely have to pick up a copy (well... once I work my way through this mountain of ARCs I just picked up. But it's on the TBR List Now!)

In the meantime, I want one of you to have the chance to discover it, so I'm giving away a copy to one lucky winner. To enter, make sure you leave a comment on this post by 11:59 pm PST on Saturday, June 30th. I'll draw one random winner and post their name on Sunday, July 1st. International entries welcome.

For more awesome middle grade recommendations, check out these other MMGMs floating around the blogosphere.*
- The Mundie Moms are always part of the MMGM fun (YAY!). Click HERE to see their newest recommendations. And if you aren't also following their Mundie Kids site, get thee over THERE and check out all the awesome! 
- The lovely Shannon O'Donnell always has an MMGM ready for you! Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week!    
 Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time!   
- Pam Torres always has an MMGM up on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's spotlighting this week.   
- Michelle Mason is spreading the love for BREADCRUMBS.  Click HERE to see what she thought of it.
- Ruth Donnelly has been swayed by SWAY. Click HERE to see why she thinks you'll be too.     
- Barbara Watson is helps reveal the cover for THE THIRTEENTH SIGN! Click HERE to see the awesome!
 - Michelle Isenhoff is cheering for NUMBER THE STARS. Click HERE to learn more about it.   
- Gabrielle Prendergast is caught up in THE RANGERS APPRENTICE.  Click HERE to see her review.   
- Brennan and Meyrick Murphy are talking about THE TALES OF BEETLE THE BARD. Click HERE to see what they have to say.
- Erica Haugland joins the MMGM fun with a feature on MY VERY UN-FAIRY TALE LIFE. Click HERE to welcome her to the group.  
- Laurisa Reyes has an interview with author Joanne Levy--plus a GIVEAWAY! Click HERE for details   
- Dorine White is digging THE HERO'S GUIDE TO SAVING YOUR KINGDOM. Click HERE to see what she loved.  
- Heidi Grange also joins the MMGM fun with a feature on WOLF STORM. Click HERE to welcome her to the fun.
- Michael Gettel-Gilmarten is taking his turn to marvel at WONDER. Click HERE for his review. 
- Natalie Lorenzi is intetviewing author Audrey Vernick over HERE. She also begins her own launch week over HERE.
- Melanie Conklin is dishing about THE FOURTH STALL. Click HERE to see why. 

If you would like to join in the MMGM fun, all you have to do is blog about a middle grade book you love (contests, author interviews and whatnot also count--but are most definitely not required) and email me the title of the book you're featuring and a link to your blog at SWMessenger (at) hotmail (dot) com. (Make sure you put MMGM or Marvelous Middle Grade Monday in the subject line so I see it)

NOTE: I used to not have a cut-off time for adding links to the post, but with how insane my schedule is right now, if you don't email me by Sunday evening (usually around 11pm PST is when I put the links together) I can't guarantee I'll have a chance to add you. BUT, you are welcome to add your link in the comments on this post so people can find you!

*Please note: these posts are not a reflection of my own opinions on the books featured. Each blogger is responsible for their own MMGM content and I do not pre-screen posts ahead of time, nor do I control what books they choose. I simply assemble the list based on the links that are emailed to me ahead of time.HERE


  1. This sounds really good. I haven't read the first book in the series yet either. Thanks for sharing about this Deb.

  2. Thanks again for hosting. I have a post up about the new Cheesie Mack is Cool in a Duel.

  3. Thanks for letting me share my love of REAL MERMAIDS, Shannon....and hope ALA was FABulous!

  4. "Will this be a leg-day or a tail-day?" LOVE that!!

    Thanks for sharing this, Deb.

  5. I would love to read this series. It sounds very good. Please enter me in contest.

  6. This sounds like a perfect summer read. Put my name in the hat please!

  7. Sounds like quite a tail! (Sorry, couldn't resist.) Fingers and toes crossed.

  8. Love your giveaways!!! laurisawhitereyes at yahoo dot com

  9. I loved the first one, and would love to check out the sequel!

  10. I loved the first one and can't wait to find out what happens next!

  11. It's truly impressive that you maintain your commitment to MMGM every week, especially at such a busy and exciting time in your life! Best of luck to you, and thanks for helping us all share a little middle grade with each other :)

  12. Thanks for sharing this! Such awesome titles.
    Have fun at ALA!

  13. My daughter and I read the first book and LOVED it. Thanks for the giveaway!
    laurafabiani at videotron dot ca

  14. This book sounds really cute. I'd love to read it.


  15. A mermaid afraid of water. Interesting idea.

    hg195 at yahoo dot com

  16. Sounds like a great book. Cool cover. Thanks for sharing about this book.


  17. Sounds interesting! Thanks for the giveaway!

    thebookishmama at gmail dot com

  18. I really enjoy reading Middle Grade books and would love to read this wonderful book. Thanks.


  19. Oooh, I'd love this! shannon, you're always full of good advices!

    aliasgirl at libero dot it


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