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kathleen ernst, felicity

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Bri-ing! When the last bell of the day rings, everyone in my class starts shoving stuff into their backpacks. It's springtime, and nobody wants to hang around.

Thus begins 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 Kathleen's second American Girl book set during the American Revolution (the first is Betrayal at Cross Creek). It is also her twentieth American Girl story and 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 the thrilling Gunpowder Incident!

Gunpowder includes an "About Felicity's Time" essay of the historic events that took place in Williamsburg, Virginia during 1775. 

This 184-page softcover book is available as a standalone and in the Felicity 3-Book Box Set. Also available are ebook versions for Kindle, Nook, and other readers and apps. To see a partial list of vendors offering them, click the WHERE TO BUY link below.


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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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>>

Colonial Girls at Work

Hand made iron bound wooden wagon wheel produced at Colonial Williamsburg historic site in Virginia. Photo by bestselling author Kathleen Ernst. "While doing research for Gunpowder and Tea Cakes: My Journey With Felicity, I discovered that a few girls in colonial Williamsburg may have been doing work I once thought was open only to boys. Cool!" more>>

Telling Everyone's Stories

Three Revoluntunary War-era reenactors at Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. "I have been visiting Williamsburg for 50 years. When I was a kid, most of the stories told were about the white men who struggled and took enormous risks in their effort to create an independent country. What our Founding Fathers..." 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 during an extended trip to Williamsburg while researching the book. It's a fascinating place to visit!

Where To Buy

You can purchase softcover printed and ebook versions of Gunpowder from the vendors listed below—and many others.

Signed and personalized softcover book copies can be acquired directly from me. To receive a quote, click HERE.

Buy from American Girl PAPERBACK
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Buy from Barnes & Noble NOOK eBOOK