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Bernard, Patricia

Author – Picture Books and skinny books. Junior novels. Adult novels

I grew up in Melbourne and Rosebud, Victoria and had a great life full of adventure and freedom. I had a dog called Pal and a bicycle called Tonto> With Pal in my bike basket I rode everywhere. Our family had Manx cats (that's cats with no tails from the Isle of Man) and a horse.

When I was eighteen I travelled with my best friend Janet up the east coast of Australia picking fruit, getting lost in the Blue Mountains, learning how to be a waitress and working in Worth's Circus.

When I was nineteen I went with my mother to England on THE BIG TRIP. I worked in London as a kindergarten teacher and a youth leader then I travelled all over Europe picking tomatoes in Spain, grapes in France, cooking on a boat from Barcelona to Mallorca, dating a bullfighter in Granada, eating Dutch pancakes in an attic whilst working in a Dutch lolly factory, taught English in Athens, ate 1 penny soup in Morocco, became a footpath artist in Paris and a nanny in Sweden for the Royal Family of Stucklebergs. During this time I met three lifelong friends, Jeannie a crazy English girl and Dina and Robyn two insane Australian Spanish dancers. I then went to Canada and the U.S.A. on my way to Brazil.

In Canada I met my Jamaican husband on a staircase, which is why I always thought he was taller. I didn't reach Brazil until ten years later. We had 4 children, one in Jamaica, one in London, one in Geelong and one in Sydney, 3 girls and 1 boy.

On returning to Australia, and realising I had been insane to stay away from the sun and the lifestyle for so long, we settled in Paddington, Sydney.

Years later I sent my middle daughter to Jamaica for one year's boarding school. She came back so much nicer having seen poverty and how hard Jamaican's study to get ahead. She is now a well-known public speaker/motivation and conference organiser for Landmark Education travelling throughout Australia, New Zealand, U.S.A. and India. My eldest daughter is also a motivational speaker and Course Leader for Landmark Education and has spoken to over 400,000 students throughout the world. My third daughter is a school teacher in the Blue Mountains and my son is a personal trainer. I have five brilliant grandchildren who I put in my books – see 'Legend of the Three Moons'.

I always sketched, painted, kept diaries and wrote letters when travelling, although my spelling was so bad no one could understand them. When I was thirty, a friend, Fiona, asked me to write a book for her television show. After I explained how badly I spelt, how I didn't know where to put a comma or how to start a paragraph, I started writing RIDDLE OF THE TRUMPALAR. Thirty-eight books later I am still writing.

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Dinosaur Murder by Patricia Bernard (Young Adult Thriller)
 
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While photographing stegosaur footprints Abba, Giles and James, up to their neck in water, have no idea they are about to witness a murder - plus the theft of priceless dinosaur fossils. In fact they aren't even supposed to be in the National Park at midnight or in the sea that could contain salt water crocodiles.

Now they have stumbled on a deadly fossil smuggling ring and they can't tell anyone. Their only proof is a set of photographs, that include the murderer with the white hair and strange accent.

There isn't much time, there are millions of dollars involved and the criminals are getting desperate. An International Crime gang isn't going to let three teenagers get in its way.

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Ghosts Dancing on Water by Patricia Bernard (Psychological Thriller: Paranormal)
 
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They have to be together. Stevie and Lily for always. He has to find her. She doesn't know how bad people are. It's up to him to stay strong and never ever deviate from his purpose.

A psychological thriller to send your blood cold and shivers up your spine. When the heart is destroyed, the mind can do anything in the name of love.

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Giant Stolen Cheesecake by Patricia Bernard (Mid-Grade Reader [Primary School Aged])
 
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The Giant Cheesecake is Strobe's Aunt Olwyn's famous creation. But when it's stolen and the only ones who believe Aunt Olwyn didn't steal it herself are: Strobe, Tran, Winston and Alex, roller-blading buddies, who solve the mystery and a few other problems along the way.

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Outcast Trilogy, Book 1: Outcast by Patricia Bernard (Young Adult Fantasy)
 
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A Mega throwback is the expendable one! In the Arid Zone's harsh conditions, death can come at any time. Seventeen year old Fish is not sure that he can survive....

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Outcast Trilogy, Book 2: The Punisher by Patricia Bernard (Young Adult: Fantasy)
 
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Fish balanced on the chair's arms, grabbed the rope and began to climb. The entrance to the hole was a tight fit and he was halfway inside when the quetzel bit his ankle. He kicked out at its razor sharp teeth. Then from the outer cave he heard a bellow of fury. "I will kill you Outcast! I will boil you alive!"

It is as the golden-clawed bear predicted...the three of them will plunge deep into the heart of the Wilderness Mountains in search of Ari. But to pass through the Southern Zone alive, Fishy must beat Thief, the Champion of the Southern Zone in their Mighty Arena...

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Outcast Trilogy, Book 3: Rule Changer by Patricia Bernard (Young Adult: Fantasy)
 
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The group of four climbed in single file, their hands on their weapons while the snow-covered Zoner, surrounded by his dogs, watched. Just as they were close enough to greet him, the Zoner began to change into an enormous snarling bear...

The Oriacans are on the move and will soon break down defences erected by the Kinsmen of the Wilderness Mountains. Follow Fish, Ari, Weed and Branch as they flee over the Glass Teeth Peaks to warn the Outcasts, Zoners and Megas of the impending war and encounter the golden-clawed bear that scarred Weed so many years ago.

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The Mask by Patricia Bernard (Young Adult Mystery)
 
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Fourteen-year-old Rob Vian--or Roberto Vianelli, as his Italian cousin Luca insists on calling him--is in Venice to study architecture, enjoy Carnevale and learn Italian. While he's there, he wants to track down his mother's ancestral palazzo, too. But no sooner has he arrived than he is attacked in the street by someone dressed as the Spirit of Death!

When it happens again the next day, Rob and Luca are determined to find out the truth. Who is the Spirit of Death? And why on Earth does he want Rob dead? A gripping Thriller, set in the magnificent and mysterious city of Venice, 'The Mask' is a fast-paced and exciting page-turner, which builds to a climax full of suspense and danger.

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We are Tam by Patricia Bernard (Mid-Grade Reader: Science Fiction)
 
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Tamarisk Woodward, known as Tam, is an ordinary high school student living an ordinary life - until the day that she is contacted by Tameron, her mirror image in the 25th century. Tameron's father is dying and only Tam and her sceptical brother, Steven, can help.

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