Hélène Boudreau grew up on a small island off the coast of Cape Breton surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, but now writes fiction and nonfiction for kids from her landlocked home in Ontario,Canada.
When she was very young Hélène’s hometown was too small for a library. Instead she counted the days waiting for a big blue bus called the BookMobile to rumble across the bridge to her tiny island, every few weeks, to deliver books. Even though her village was small, there was always lots to do with seven brothers and sisters plus countless cousins-- like sleepovers in her dad’s lobster boat or hikes through the woods to secret beaches.
Many of these childhood memories sneak into her writing and thus far, Hélène has written nine fiction and five nonfiction books for children. These include a picture book called I Dare You Not to Yawn, about avoiding bedtime at any cost, an early chapter book called Water Hazard and a tween novel series called Real Mermaids, about a reluctant teenage mer-girl who is definitely a ‘fish out of water’. (Though she has never spotted a mermaid in the wild, she believes mermaids are just as plausible as sea horses, flying fish, or electric eels.)
I Dare You Not to Yawn, was a 2013 Parents’ Choice Award winner and a 2014 SCBWI Crystal Kite Award winner and has also been shortlisted for several other awards.
Real Mermaids Don’t Wear Toe Rings is a 2011 Crystal Kite Member Choice Award Finalist and it is the first in her Real Mermaids series of tween novels.
Hélène loves walking but hates running, loves potatoes in all their various forms including mashed, roasted, and deep fried, and once saved a man with CPR in the middle of a busy Toronto intersection.
To find out more about Hélène and her books, visit: www.heleneboudreau.com.