BERNICE TAKES A PLUNGE By Ann Harth #Blackberrybooktours @annharth.

I would like to thank Kristy Kloster from BlackBerry Book Tours For inviting me to take part in this blog tour.


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.


This is one delightful book to read, it brought back memories of books I used to read as I was growing up. A perfect read for middle grade readers.

Bernice Peppercorn is a great character, she is quirky, inventive, inquisitive, intelligent, mischievous and many more things. Overall I loved her. As she hurtles from one thing to another, forever observant of everything going on around her.

When she hears that her favourite film star and local celebrity Crystal Bell has been robbed of all her jewellery Bernice decides to take on the case. Armed with all her gadgets and gizmo’s some she has created herself she starts investigating.

I love how her friendship with Ike a fisherman with one leg develops, as she visits him pretending she only has one leg herself, she questions him directly and soon that friendship really blossoms, and when she gets herself into a spot of trouble Ike is there to rescue her. They make a good team.

Bernice also has a friendship with the local policeman, despite the fact she has constantly gone to him with crimes she believes have been committed, but often turn out to be misunderstandings.

Ann Harth has developed a great bunch of characters in this book, of course Bernice is the main one, but the relationships between each character is so well done, each antic that Bernice gets up to seems to come out with a positive ending. As the story progresses all the clues tie together perfectly at the end, blending mystery with humour.

An absolutely perfect read for young readers to enjoy as well as maybe some older readers as well as I certainly enjoyed this, found myself chuckling away at times.

A definite 5⭐️ read, I would like to thank #Blackberrybooktours for my ecopy of this book in exchange for an honest, fair review on the blog tour. All thoughts are my own.


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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