berk-smpI’m pretty good at juggling and know at least one or two magic tricks. I was voted “best hair” in my high school senior poll. I’m afraid of all scary movies, even ones intended for children.

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2014 Workshop: Writing a Detective Story

This fun workshop includes a look at great detectives in fiction as well as lots of useful tips for writers to explore. We consider mood, character, plotting, dialogue, description, and more. Then we brainstorm as a group and come up with chapter one of a brand-new mystery!

Featured books:

Guy LangmanGuy Langman, Crime Scene Procrastinator by Josh Berk
grades 8-12

Sixteen-year-old Guy Langman, his best friend Anoop, and other members of the school Forensics Club investigate a break-in and possible murder, which could be connected to the mysterious past of Guy’s recently-deceased father.


Dark Days of Hamburger HalpinDark Days of Hamburger Halpin  by Josh Berk
grades 7-12

When Will Halpin transfers from his all-deaf school into a mainstream Pennsylvania high school, he faces discrimination and bullying, but still manages to solve a mystery surrounding the death of a football player in his class.


strikethreeStrike Three, You’re Dead by Josh Berkschooltube
grades 6-8

Dreaming of becoming a sports announcer, die-hard baseball fan Lenny Norbeck wins an amateur announcer contest that awards him the opportunity to broadcast one inning of a Phillies game, but before his turn to announce, things go horribly wrong when a promising young pitcher dies on the mound under suspicious circumstances.

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