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Kathleen Ernst

American Girl is excited to be working once again with this award-winning author!

Kathleen Ernst brings to life the world of Caroline Abbott—a brave, adventurous girl who lives through the War of 1812. Her stories will inspire girls to listen to both their minds and their hearts when facing difficult choices. While writing these stories, Kathleen explored Caroline’s hometown of Sackets Harbor, New York, right on the shore of Lake Ontario; and the Kingston area in Canada.

Kathleen’s passion for writing started early in life. As a teen, she worked in a library and dreamed of one day seeing her own books on the shelf. She has now published more than 20 novels—including several of the American Girl Mysteries. Kathleen lives in Madison, Wisconsin.


Trouble at Fort La Pointe

2001 Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee—Best Juvenile Mystery

Whistler in the Dark

2002 Agatha Award Nominee—Best Children’s/Young Adult Mystery

2002 WILLA Women Writing the West Literary Award Honor Book

Betrayal at Cross Creek

A Summer 2004 Children’s Book Sense Pick

Disney Adventure Magazine Best Historical Fiction of 2004 Nominee

2004 Agatha Award Nominee—Best Children’s/Young Adult Mystery

2005 Arthur Tofte Juvenile Fiction Book Award, Wisconsin Council of Writers

2006 Scottish Heritage Service Award

Danger at the Zoo: A Kit Mystery

2005 Agatha Award Nominee—Best Children’s/Young Adult Mystery