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Hélène Boudreau (born June 19, 1969) is an Acadian/ Métis Canadian artist and author of children's books, who is best known for her novels Acadian Star and Real Mermaids Don’ t Wear Toe Rings, the last a 2011 Crystal Kite Member Choice Award Finalist. Her writing has appeared in various Canadian publications and her Maritime-themed art has been exhibited by the Toronto Public Library and other local vacinities.[1]

Early life[edit]

Hélène Boudreau was born in Petit de Grat, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia in a French Acadian community to parents of Métis and Acadian ancestry. It is for that reason she can speak both English and French fluently.[2] After graduating from high school in her hometown, Boudreau attended Dalhousie University where she earned a degree in biology and began working as a Park Interpreter for the Canadian Parks Service. Afterwards she trained as a Registered Respiratory Therapist at the Victoria General School of Allied Health. It wasn’t until she was in her late twenties when she moved to Ontario from her Maritime hometown.[3]

Career[edit]

When asked what inspired Boudreau to become a children’s author she recalled:

In 2007, Boudreau was short listed in the Surrey International Writing Contest , in the "Writing For Young People" category for With Measured Breath: A YA short story.[5] With that under her belt, Boudreau began working on her first book called Acadian Star after many years of having settled in Ontario. The novel was aimed at middle school children and tells the adventures of a young girl named Meg Gallant who takes part in a home town competition with her friend Neve, called the The Acadian Star. It was published in 2008, by Nimbus Publishing and was soon nominated for the 2009/2010 Hackmatack Children’s Choice Award.[6] Acadian Star also took 2nd place in the 2008 Writers Federation of New Brunswick Literary Competition, at which time Boudreau began accumulating a local fan base among younger readers in Eastern Canada.[7]

The year 2010 saw the publishing of two more novels of Boudreau's titled KEEP OUT!, by Nimbus Publishing and Real Mermaids Don't Wear Toe Rings, by Jabberwocky Publishing about "an aquaphobic mer-girl trying to balance the drama of two-legged teenage life with her quest to rescue her mermaid mother from really scary mer-dudes"[8] . The second was to become her best known book, a Crystal Kite Member Choice Finalist, and served as a prequel to Real Mermaids Shouldn't Hold Their Breath (May, 2012) and Real Mermaids Don't Have Two Left Feet (Febuary 2013).[9] Ironically, Boudreau wrote most of her first novel in the Real Mermaids series, Real Mermaids Don't Wear Toe Rings, on her feet. An avid walker, she stated "I find when you're on the move, it helps your thoughts be on the move, too."[10]

Personal life[edit]

Boudreau married Gordon Clarke, a now retired lieutenant of 1989 and who is currently the 1st Vice President of the Royal Military Colleges Club of Canada. They have two young daughters together, Charlotte and Marcelle.[11] Although the family resides in Markham, Ontario presently, Boudraeu’s "birthplace [of Petit de Grat] greatly influences the themes of [her] writing for children."[12] Boudreau is known to be ”...a compulsive walker, a chicklet wrangler and a lover of cheese and cheap chocolate.“[13] Authors that inspire Boudreau include Madeleine L’Engle, Louis Sachar, Katherine Paterson and Kate DiCamillo.[14] She is also an active member of The Writers' Union of Canada. [15]

Bibliography[edit]

Real Mermaids series[edit]

  • Real Mermaids Don't Wear Toe Rings (Jabberwocky, 2010)
  • Real Mermaids Shouldn't Hold Their Breath (Jabberwocky, 2012)
  • Real Mermaids Don't Have Two Left Feet (Jabberwocky, 2013)

Red Dune Adventures Series[edit]

  • KEEP OUT! (Nimbus Publishing, 2010)
  • Water Hazard (Nimbus Publishing, 2010)

Non Fiction Works[edit]

  • Crimebusting and Detection (Crabtree Publishing, 2009)
  • Swimming Science (Crabtree Publishing, 2009)
  • Miraculous Medicines (Crabtree Publishing, 2009)
  • Life In A Residential City (Crabtree Publishing, 2010)
  • Life in a Fishing Community (Crabtree Publishing, 2010)

Other Books[edit]

  • Acadian Star (Nimbus Publishing, 2008)
  • I Dare You Not To Yawn (Candlewick, 2013)
  • Evangeline (Nimbus Publishing, 2013)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hélène Boudreau". The Writers' Union Of Canada. The Writers' Union Of Canada. Retrieved 6 November 2011. 
  2. ^ "Hélène Boudreau". Authors' Booking Service. Marsha Skrypuch, Valerie Sherrard. Retrieved 17 November 2011. 
  3. ^ Singh, Amanjyot. "More correspondence with Helene Boudreau !". Untitled. Retrieved 17 November 2011. 
  4. ^ "Helene Boudreau messages :)". Untitled. Amanjyot Singh. Retrieved 17 November 2011. 
  5. ^ "Hélène Boudreau". The Writers' Union Of Canada. The Writers' Union Of Canada. Retrieved 6 November 2011. 
  6. ^ Boudreau, Helene. "Acadian Star". Fiction. Helene Boudreau. Retrieved 11 November 2011. 
  7. ^ Helene, Boudreau. "Helene Boudreau". Jacket Flap. Helene Boudreau. Retrieved 15 November 2011. 
  8. ^ Boudreau, Helene. "From Publisher's Marketplace:". Welcome to my Website !. Helene Boudreau. Retrieved 15 November 2011. 
  9. ^ Boudreau, Helene. "REAL MERMAIDS Cover Reveals !". Hélène Boudreau. Helene Boudreau. Retrieved 15 November 2011. 
  10. ^ Gordon, Andrea (22 February 2011). "Bottoms Up: The Case for Walking while You Work". The Toronto Star. Retrieved 6 November 2011. 
  11. ^ "Ex-Cadets in the News". eVeritas. Retrieved 10 November 2011. 
  12. ^ Helene, Boudreau. "More correspondence with Helene Boudreau !". Untitled. Amanjyot Singh. Retrieved 12 November 2011. 
  13. ^ Boudreau, Helene. "Welcome to my website !". Helene Boudreau. Helene Boudreau. Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
  14. ^ Singh, Amanjyot. "Helene Boudreau messages :)". Untitled. Amanjyot Singh. Retrieved 16 November 2011. 
  15. ^ Helene, Boudreau. "Hélène Boudreau". Author's Booking Service. Marsha Skrypuch, Valerie Sherrard. Retrieved 10 November 2011. 


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