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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 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 readers aged 7-12.



Praise for Bernice Takes A Plunge -



“Bernice Takes a Plunge is a really wonderful story by Ann Harth. This book is aimed at children between 8 and 12 years old- but really can be enjoyed by all ages- as I thoroughly enjoyed the story and I am waaay older than that. This is a delightful and original adventure- full of fun, mystery, a little drama, endearingly quirky characters, and humour- with a really interesting story line.” - Amazon Review


“This book fizzes! I enjoyed every moment and really took to heroine Bernie and her (long-suffering) mum and brother. Bernie, often misunderstood, is a bright, lively girl with an enquiring mind and a habit of losing sun hats, which can be annoying when you live in Australia! The book has a great cast of supporting characters, with scary moments and sound effects handled brilliantly by Ann Harth, an author who has the gift of transporting the reader right into the action.” - Amazon Review

About The Author

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Ann Harth writes fiction and non-fiction for children and adults. 


Strong, interesting female characters creep into most of her books, 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, and  is the Far North Queensland representative for The Society of Children’s Book Writers and illustrators. She’s had a number of fiction and non-fiction children’s books published in Australia and the UK and over 120 short stories sold internationally.  


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

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