Kathleen Ernst is an American author of historical fiction and mystery novels. She writes the Chloe Ellefson Mysteries series and the American Girls: Caroline series. Kathleen was born in Pennsylvania, but grew up in Maryland. She was always surrounded by books, having a librarian for a mother and a father who was an avid reader. Kathleen wrote historical fiction as a hobby, and completed her first novel at 15 (though didn’t get a book deal until 20 years later). She attended West Virginia University, majoring in Forestry, but also took a lot of creative writing and history classes. While working in public television, she began writing American Girl novels in her spare time. From there, she began writing her own novels as well. Kathleen enjoys travelling, cooking, any kind of handwork, trying out new skills, and reading. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband, Scott.

Kathleen Ernst made her debut as an author in 1996 with the novel The Night Riders of Harpers Ferry. Below is a list of Kathleen Ernst’s books in order of when they were originally released:

Publication Order of White Mane Kids Books

The Night Riders of Harpers Ferry(1996) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Bravest Girl in Sharpsburg(1997) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Retreat from Gettysburg(1999) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Ghosts of Vicksburg(2000) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of American Girl: History Mysteries Books

Trouble at Fort La Pointe(2000) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Whistler in the Dark(2002) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Betrayal at Cross Creek(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of American Girl Mysteries Books

Danger at the Zoo(2005) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Secrets in the Hills(2006) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Midnight in Lonesome Hollow(2007) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Runaway Friend(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Clues in the Shadows(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Chloe Ellefson Books

Old World Murder(2010) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Heirloom Murders(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Lightkeeper's Legacy(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Heritage of Darkness(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Tradition of Deceit(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death on the Prairie(2015) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Memory of Muskets(2016) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Mining for Justice(2017) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Lacemaker's Secret(2018) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of American Girls: Caroline Books

Meet Caroline(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Caroline's Secret Message(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Surprise for Caroline(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Caroline Take a Chance(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Caroline's Battle(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Changes for Caroline(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Traitor in the Shipyard(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Catch the Wind(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Facing the Enemy(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Smuggler's Secrets(2015) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of American Girl: Beforever Journey Books

Gunpowder and Tea Cakes(2017) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Highland Fling(2006) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Hearts of Stone(2006) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Captain of the Ship(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Too Afraid to Cry(1999) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Settler's Year: Pioneer Life through the Seasons(2015) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price


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Kathleen Ernst Synopsis: Hearts of Stone is a standalone historical title by Kathleen Ernst. When her father goes off to join the Union Army, 14-year-old Hannah fears her family will be torn apart by the Civil War. But nothing prepares her for her mother’s sudden passing. Hannah now finds herself responsible for keeping the young family together in a world where even her best friend, Ben, sympathizes with the Confederacy. On a long and dangerous journey from Cumberland Mountain to Nashville, Tennessee, in search of their only living relative, Hannah and her brother and sisters come to realize the true meaning of family and hope.

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