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Caroline Abbott smiled as she walked down the hill in the little village of Sackets Harbor, New York. Finally, a soft spring day had arrived! The winter had been long and icy, and then hard rains had pelted the countryside. 

Thus begins the fourth book in the award-winning, bestselling series about Caroline, the children's historical character that American Girl asked author Kathleen Ernst to create.

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

Story Description

Caroline, like everyone else in Sackets Harbor, is waiting anxiously for the first supply boats of the year to arrive. Without supplies, the shipyards can't build boats to fight the British.

When Caroline and her friends Rhonda and Seth go out fishing in Papa's skiff, they're excited to catch sight of a supply boat--until they realize that it's being chased by a British warship!

Desperate to save the supply boat, Caroline comes up with a daring idea. Will her plan work? Or is it a dangerous and foolish risk? Caroline has no time to think--she can only plunge ahead.

Includes illustrated "Looking Back" essay about Getting Around in 1812. This story was released as a 104-page book in softcover and hardcover formats, and in ebook versions. All are now out-of-print, but this story is still available (see Where to Buy box above for details).

About the Author

Bestselling author Kathleen Ernst writes award-winning mysteries, historical fiction, and non-fiction for adults and young readers.

Her work has earned numerous honors, including two lifetime writing achievement awards, an Emmy for educational television, and an Edgar Allan Poe and multiple Agatha Christie mystery award nominations.

To date nearly 1.8 million audio, ebook, and print copies of Kathleen's thirty-eight published books have been purchased. more>>

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Where To Buy

American Girl no longer sells this title in printed or ebook formats, but you do have options for acquiring this story in print.

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: Facing the Enemy.

2. New and used copies of Caroline Takes A Chance are available for purchase online from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

3.  'As New' softcover and hardcover copies of Caroline Takes A Chance are available for purchase—signed and personalized as per your wishes—from Kathleen. To request a quote, click HERE.

Author's Note

Have you ever had to make a difficult decision—fast? In this book, Caroline is faced with just such a challenge when she spots a British warship headed for an American supply boat.

As you read this story, I hope you imagine yourself in Caroline’s situation. Do you think she made the right choice? What would you have done? 

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