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This is the fifth story in the bestselling, award-winning Caroline series. It is also Kathleen's thirteenth children's historical fiction book for American Girl, and her twenty-second published book.

This story is written for readers age 8 and up who enjoy historical fiction without sex, gore, or explicit violence.

Story Description

Caroline's Papa has barely returned home before frightening news arrives—British warships are headed for Sackets Harbor, ready to attack. Every able-bodied man, including Papa, must go and fight.

Mama and Caroline are left alone to guard Abbott's Shipyard from the enemy. Caroline tells herself that she will do anything to keep Papa's shipyard safe! But when the battle seems to be lost, Mama gives her a terrible order: They must burn the shipyard to the ground to keep it from the enemy. It's the one thing Caroline isn't sure she can do.

Includes an illustrated "Looking Back" essay about America in 1812.

This story is available as a 104-page printed book in softcover and hardcover, and for Adobe eBook-capable devices, including the Barnes & Noble Nook and the Kobo eReaders, and for the Amazon Kindle.

About the Author

Bestselling author Kathleen Ernst writes award-winning mysteries and historical fiction for adults and young readers. Her work has earned numerous honors, including multiple Edgar and Agatha mystery award nominations, and an Emmy for children's educational programming.

To date readers have purchased over 1.7M printed, ebook, and audio copies of Kathleen's thirty-five published books. more>>

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Enjoy the author's insights about the story, characters, and settings.

Caroline's Battle: The Stories Behind The Stories

Photo of War of 1812 reenactors on parade at Sackets Harbor Battlefield.  People often ask why Sackets Harbor, NY, was chosen as Caroline Abbott’s home town. When I was invited to create an 1812 character for American Girl, I explored several possibilities... more>>

 An 1812 Gunboat

Exhibit artwork by David Kanietakeron and Peter Rindlisbacher.  "When I began planning the Caroline Abbott books for American Girl, I quickly decided to make Caroline’s father a shipbuilder. The war in the Great Lakes was largely a naval war, and..." more>>

Team Caroline 

kathleen ernst, caroline abbott, american girl, children's historical fiction, sackets harbor new york, lake ontario, war of 1812, sites and stories blog, team caroline, Have you ever thought about how many people are involved with producing the American Girl books, dolls, and accessories? It takes a whole team to see such a big project through from idea to publication...  more>>

Where To Buy

American Girl no longer sells this title in printed or electronic versions, but you do have three options.

1.  American Girl has combined books four, five, and six in this award-winning series—Caroline Takes A Chance, Caroline's Battle, and Changes For Caroline—into a single new book entitled Facing the Enemy: A Caroline Classic Volume II.

2. New and used copies of Caroline's Battle are available for purchase online from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

3.  'As New' softcover and hardcover copies of Caroline's Battle are available for purchase—signed and personalized—directly from the author. Request a quote by clicking HERE.

Author's Note

One of my favorite things about creating Caroline and her world was having the opportunity to show not one, not two, but three generations of smart, brave women.

In Caroline’s Battle, Grandmother and Mama—each in their own way—set an example, showing Caroline how strong one can be when circumstances demand it. Caroline isn’t sure at first if she can find the courage to follow their example.

I’ll let you read the book and see for yourself how she manages! 

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