• Title: Bernice Takes a Plunge
  • Author: Ann Harth
  • Publisher: Odyssey Books on March 5, 2020
  • Genre: Middle Grade Fiction
  • Pages: 103
  • Formats Available: Paperback & Digital
  • Rating: 5/5

Trigger Warnings: None

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Bernice Takes A Plunge Blurb

Bernice Peppercorn’s imagination fills her mind and her notebooks with adventure and intrigue. She sees crimes where there are none and races to the local police station daily to fulfil her civic duty.

When a real robbery is committed in town, Bernice dives into detective mode and stumbles across vital clues that could help find the thieves. No one believes her except Ike, a one-legged fisherman who lives down at the wharf.

Bernice Takes a Plunge is an exciting and humorous adventure for middle grade readers.

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My Review

Bernice Takes a Plunge is the most delightful book I’ve read in ages. Ann Harth writes an exceptional tale for this tenacious young lady. I only wish I had Bernice’s boisterous personality when I was her age.

When the lovely Bernice is not throwing milk-filled sponges at her brother, she is scribbling in her notebook. She gets the most extraordinary ideas and puts them into practice. She is funny and a bit annoying to the adults in her life. But I love her and find her irresistible.

Her love of the movie star down the lane is fantastic and how Harth tied her into the tale is nothing short of genius. I adore the rivalry between the movie star and her brother. If I hadn’t been laughing so hard, I would call him a rake of the worst kind.

I am thrilled to award Bernice Takes A Plunge a full 5 out of 5 stars. I can’t wait to share this story with my granddaughters. I know they will love it as much as I do. I hope you all pick it up for the middle graders in your life.

About the Author – Ann Harth

Ann Harth writes fiction and non-fiction for children and adults. Strong, interesting characters creep into most of her books and stories, and many arrive with a sense of humour.

Before becoming a writer, mentor and developmental editor in Far North Queensland, Ann studied psychology, waited tables, bar-tended, picked strawberries, worked as a clown and punched keys on various tills. She also spent ten years working with children with special needs. Ann taught writing for the Australian College of Journalism for eight years before taking the leap into freelance work.

Ann has had a number of fiction and non-fiction children’s books published in Australia and the UK and over 120 short stories sold internationally.

After five years (2015-2020) she has stepped down from her position as Far North Queensland representative for The Society of Children’s Book Writers and illustrators as Bernice is eager to dive into another book.

When not tapping the keys, Ann stuffs a notebook into her pack and searches for remote places to camp, hike or explore.

Author’s Social Media Links: Twitter | Facebook | Odyssey Books

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