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Caroline's Battle (American Girls: Caroline #5)

4.16  ·  Rating Details ·  419 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
Caroline’s Papa has barely returned before frightening news arrives—British warships are headed for Sackets Harbor, ready to attack. Every able-bodied man, including Papa, must go and fight. Mama and Caroline are left alone to guard Abbott’s Shipyard from the enemy. Caroline tells herself she would do anything to keep Papa’s shipyard safe. But when the battle seems to be ...more
Paperback, 89 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by American Girl Publishing
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Kristen Luppino
Oct 29, 2016 Kristen Luppino rated it really liked it
I'm so enjoying Caroline's growth!
Oct 18, 2016 Jessica rated it liked it
Recommended to Jessica by: goodreads
See the first book in the series for a full review.
Becky Keir Grace
Caroline’s father has returned home! Caroline is overjoyed to have her family back, but words has come that the British are planning on attacking Sacket’s Harbor and are after the ship yards. Caroline’s father volunteers to fight in the battle, along with most other men, leaving the women behind to care for the stores and homes. Caroline’s mother head s to the shipyard to defend it. She realizes if the Americans are not able to hold off the British, then she must destroy the shipyard, for that ...more
May 30, 2013 Valerie rated it really liked it
Caroline's father has returned home, and she thinks it's a time for celebration. There's no rest for the weary, however, when the town of Sacketts Harbor finds out that they will soon be attacked by the British.

Caroline's father joins the militia--though he JUST returned home. She and her mother go to the shipyard to gather the plans to hide them from the British in case of a siege, but the shipyard workers get "drafted" to help fight. Caroline and her mother stay to guard the shipyard. One of t
Mar 19, 2013 Carolyn rated it really liked it
The battle at Sackets Harbor where Caroline lives is suddenly coming closer to home. Her newly returned Father, turns around and goes out to fight the battle. Caroline and her mother must stay home to defend their family shipping yard. Even if that means setting it on fire so that it does not fall into the British hands.

Caroline's Battle was a thrilling story, but the author claims it was actually a real battle that took place in the War of 1812. What I found more fascinating then learning about
Caroline's father has only been home for one night when a battle breaks out in Sacket's Harbor. Though he is still recovering he feels compelled to serve his country. He heads into battle and makes Caroline, her mother, and her grandmother promise to hide out in the root cellar for safety. It occurs to Caroline's mother that if the British break into the shipyard they might steal the blueprints for the boats which are extremely valuable so she heads down to the shipyard to rescue the documents. ...more
Lindsay Collett
Aug 28, 2014 Lindsay Collett rated it really liked it
Childhood memory: None ... Okay, so this isn't technically one of the American Girl books I read as a kid. But, my memories of those I did enjoy keep me interested in checking in on the historical American Girl books as AG publishes them.

Revisited review: This was a great series, in a great setting. I wasn't sure what to expect, I thought the Caroline series would be boring and bland but I was pleasantly surprised. The War of 1812 time frame and key location setting really kept the stories engag
Mar 28, 2013 Michael rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, children-s
So this is about as good as it gets: the British send a fleet and 900 men to invade Sackett's Harbor during the War of 1812. Caroline and her mother have to prepare to burn their family's shipyard to the ground to keep it from falling into enemy hands. There is actual fighting in this book: cannons, rifles, militias, Red Coats.

I am giving it five stars because, 1. it's well written, and 2. it's not as boring as it could be. Also, in each of these books there is a small historical section at the
Sue C
Jun 08, 2015 Sue C rated it it was amazing
I wanted to see what the American Girl series of books was like. I found "Caroline's Battle" to be compelling, well written, and informative. It would have kept my interest as a fifth grader, and was sophisticated enough for an adult to appreciate.
Caroline and her mother face soldiers during the war of 1812. They save the father's boat building business, but were prepared to destroy it for the cause. This is a part of history I had been ignorant about previously. I'm looking forward to treating
Callie Stillion
Dec 05, 2013 Callie Stillion rated it it was amazing
Caroline is very worried because battle is beginning. . . and Papa is going back to war. . . which makes her even MORE worried. So, why did she let her Father go out to war. 'But. . . Papa, you can`t leave! You got back yesterday!' Caroline exclaims. Her Daddy makes her let go of his shirt, but Caroline does not know why she did it. ...more
Jul 18, 2014 Jen rated it really liked it
I read this with my four 9 year old book club girls. They really seemed to enjoy it. There was a good story, with great historical connections that weren't difficult to explain or understand. There was drama, some suspense, and a realistically happy ending. I really liked & appreciated the factual historic section at the book's end, which gave ME information to lead the girls. :)
Caroline Herfindahl
Sep 13, 2015 Caroline Herfindahl rated it really liked it
War has reached Sacket's Harbor and Caroline and her momma have some tough choices to make. Suspense and decisions are the themes of this story. In this book I loved the relationship between Caroline, her mother and grandmother.
Kristine Hansen
Dec 31, 2013 Kristine Hansen rated it it was amazing
Oh my....I love the stark and raw emotion of this story, the way you feel like you're there in the battle, the way you become Caroline in this crucial moment. This has to be my favorite book so far in this series. Just really awesome story of what real courage is.
Cathy Cramer
I read this after my 3rd grader, and I must say that this is one of my favorite American Girl series.
May 28, 2014 Wendy rated it really liked it
Sarah and I are really enjoying the American Girl books! Caroline is one heck of a brave 10 year old during the War of 1812!
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I grew up in Maryland, in a house full of books! Both of my parents were avid readers, thank goodness. Before we traveled to a new area, my librarian-mom used to bring home historical novels set in that place. It was a great way to get excited about history.

I began writing stories when I was maybe 10 or 11. At 15 I wrote my first novel; I sold my first novel to a publisher 20 years later! Writing
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