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Merow! "Hush, Inkpot," Caroline murmured. She'd been dreaming about sailing Lake Ontario with Papa. A breeze kept them flying over the waves. Sunshine glistened on the water. Caroline didn't want to wake up. 

Thus begins the sixth 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 receives a letter asking her to come and help on Uncle Aaron's farm. Although she hates to leave her family, Caroline is pleased to see her cousin Lydia—and to meet Lydia's pretty cow and sweet baby calf!

Determined to help out in any way she can, Caroline keeps watch when a thief starts sneaking around the farm. Then she makes an unexpected discovery—and learns that some things are not as simple as they seem.

When Caroline returns home at last for an Independence Day celebration, she is treated to a wonderful surprise.

Includes an illustrated "Looking Back" essay about Changes for America in 1812. This story was released as a 96-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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The Stories Behind The Story

Photo of the real life calf who provided inspiration for the Garnet American Girl plush toy. 
I had a lot of flexibility when developing a plan for Caroline Abbott’s six stories, which was great! However, I did try to include familiar themes in Caroline’s stories. Traditionally, the six-book sets created for American Girl’s...  more>>

Team Caroline 

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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 Changes For Caroline are available for purchase online.

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

Author's Note

Each book in this series can be read by itself, but I wanted Book 6 to satisfy readers who met Caroline in Book 1 and accompanied her on every adventure.

Changes For Caroline takes her away from Lake Ontario. That doesn’t mean she’s given up her dream of captaining her own ship one day. How does it all work out? You’ll have to read the story to find out! 

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