THE SMUGGLER'S SECRETS:
A CAROLINE MYSTERY
American Girl Publishing
The Final Caroline Mystery!
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This is the third and final mystery in the bestselling, award-winning Caroline Abbott American Girl series. It is also Kathleen's ninth Caroline book, and her thirty-first published book.
This book is written for readers age 8 and up who enjoy traditional mysteries and historical fiction without sex, gore, or explicit violence.
The War of 1812 is still raging when Caroline goes to visit her cousin Lydia and Uncle Aaron's farm deep in the woods. While there, she finds evidence that someone is smuggling precious supplies to the British. She can't believe anyone would help the enemy during wartime! Even worse: could the traitor be her own uncle?
Includes an "Inside Caroline's World" essay about smuggling during the War of 1812.
This story is available as a 215-page softcover printed book, and in electronic versions for e-book apps and readers.
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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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|"American Girl has announced that Caroline Abbott, the 1812 character I created, will be archived. While I am, of course, disappointed with the decision to retire Caroline, I am grateful... more>>|
Smuggling was a huge problem in New York during the War of 1812, especially along the border between the United States and British territory. In Sackets Harbor, children like Caroline would have heard many tales about people who betrayed their own country by selling goods to the enemy.
When American Girl invited me to write another Caroline mystery, I knew I wanted to focus on smuggling. Caroline has no sympathy for anyone who tries to make a profit by sneaking food or weapons to British soldiers!
I also chose to feature some of the fun activities girls enjoyed two hundred years ago, such as attending a quilting bee. Perhaps you'll be inspired to try sewing a simple quilt too!
The hand-made, checkered patterned cloth 'pocket' shown below is a very important object in The Smuggler's Secrets. (Source: Susan Greene Costume Collection, Genesee Country Village Museum.)
The painting above shows an important social activity that takes place in the book—a 'quilting bee'—where women and girls gather to stitch together the layers of a warm quilt. (Source: "A Quilting Party" painted by Enoch Wood Perry.)