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This is the first new Felicity story in many years, and the first ever 'choose your own path' multiple-ending book in the Felicity series. Gunpowder is also Kathleen's twentieth story for American Girl, and her thirty-fifth published book.

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

Story Description

What if a modern girl suddenly found herself in Felicity Merriman's world during the American Revolution? Together, she and Felicity could hang out at her fathers store, sip tea at the Governor's Place—or get caught up in a gunpowder plot! 

This 184-page softcover book is available as a standalone or in the new Felicity 3-Book Box Set. See below right for vendors selling them.


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.

Gunpowder and Tea Cakes

Image of a horse-drawn carriage at historic Williamsburg, Virginia. Photo by Kathleen Ernst. "This is my first book about Felicity Merriman, the American Girl character who lives during the Revolutionary War. It also features a modern girl who travels back in time and meets Felicity in her home town of Williamsburg..." more>>





Author's Note

I grew up in Maryland, and have always been interested in the Revolutionary War. As a kid it was a great adventure to visit Colonial Williamsburg with my family.

Color photo of bestselling author Kathleen Ernst as a child visiting the Colonial Williamsburg historic site in Virginia.


This was long before Valerie Tripp created Felicity. I would have loved those stories!

Fast forward to 2015, when American Girl invited me to create a book that imagines a modern girl going back in time to meet Felicity. I hoped to build on the wonderful foundation created in the original books.

I also wanted to write about the people that as a kid I didn’t often hear about at the historic site—African Americans, Native Americans, and the underprivileged.

I hope you enjoy visiting Felicity’s world in your imagination as much as I did!



Gunpowder and Tea Cakes is set at Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, during both the American Revolutionary War and in contemporary times.

I took these photos during an extended research trip to Williamsburg while working on the book.