[Book Review] Bernice Takes A Plunge by Ann Harth

Bernice Takes A Plunge cover

My Thoughts

Rating: 5 out of 5.

You’ll be holding your sides, doubling over with laughter, when you find out how Bernice takes a “plunge!” Adorable, adorable, and simply adorable–that’s how I would describe this book.

Bernice is a feisty, carefree young girl with a literary bent of mind and a taste for adventure. She’s sniffing out mysteries where there aren’t any, thus driving the local policemen crazy. Her idol, actress Crystal Bell, is robbed in the story and Bernice puts her mind to “investigating” the case. You can only imagine the mayhem that ensues.

I loved how the author drew Bernice as a spunky, spirited child with a colorful imagination. Her experiments in the kitchen and her harum-scarum ways may annoy her family members, but she has a heart of pure gold. We get to see how she strikes up a fast friendship with a mysterious man, Ike.

Lovely writing, steady pacing, and a sparkling young heroine–what more do you need? I invite you dive into this book and join Bernice on her wild adventures. Don’t miss it!

(Thank you to Blackberry Book Tours for my review copy!)

Book Details


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.

About Ann Harth

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.

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2 responses to “[Book Review] Bernice Takes A Plunge by Ann Harth”

  1. Thank you! It was a delightful story. I hope the author will write more.

  2. Excellent review, Satabdi. 🙂 The book sounds fascinating. Thanks for sharing.

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