Welcome to Bohring-home to 453 people, 2,053 alligators, and one monster curse.
Correction: home to 454 people, now that Kick Winter is living in the swamp Hollows with her Grandma Missouri, the town (fake) psychic. Bohring is anything but boring for Kick who has already blown a hole through the kitchen floor, befriended a chicken-eating gator, and discovered that the town’s hundred-year curse is upon them.
It’s the Bohring curse and all the kids are about to become monsters-or so the legend goes. People are worried-except for Kick. She knows there’s a scientific explanation for everything, especially curses and monsters. But Kick is the new kid in school and she’s determined to make a name for herself . . . by pretending to be psychic.
According to her calculations: one teeny-tiny life + (fake) psychic skills = popularity. But when kids start disappearing and glowing creatures start showing up, Kick’s theory quickly evaporates in a puff of foul-smelling swamp gas. Can Kick use her (real) science smarts to prove the curse is a hoax? Or is it just-maybe-sort of-somehow possible the curse is here?
Author Romily Bernard weaves a fast-paced middle-grade mystery filled with humor and scientific intrigue, set in a perfectly eerie Southern town.
Romily Bernard graduated from Georgia State University with a literature degree. Since then, she’s worked as a riding instructor, cell-phone salesperson, personal assistant, horse groomer and exercise rider, accounting assistant, and, during a very dark time, customer service representative. . . . She’s also, of course, now a YA novelist.
So don’t let anyone tell you a BA degree will keep you unemployed.
Romily currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia, and Find Me is her debut novel. It placed first in the 2011 YA Unpublished Maggie Awards (given by Georgia Romance Writers) and won the Golden Heart Award for YA Romance from the Romance Writers of America in 2012.
- What is on your nightstand?
Four or five Paw Patrol figurines, my dog’s collar, and a power drill. Does that sound weird? Welcome to my life.
- What author would you totally fan?
I have to pick one??? That’s harsh. I would go with Tana French, Dennis LeHane, and Nick Herron. Oops that’s three. Sorry. Math was never my strong suit haha
- What makes you cringe?
So very many things. At the moment, it’s from watching my neighbor walk around on his roof. Does he have on work boots? Check. Harness? Also check. Now where’s the harness line attached to in case he falls….? The ground. That’s not how it works, buddy.
- Do you obsessively plot out each point or just go with the flow?
I go with the flow. It’s more interesting to me, but it can also leave me with a first or second draft with plot holes huge enough to lose a Honda in.
- Is there a word you love to use?
It changes from manuscript to manuscript. Once, I used edge forty-odd times. Another book, I always had my characters pulling their chins up. Sigh. It’s a problem.
3 winners will receive a hardcover of THE MONSTER HYPOTHESIS, US only.
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