Online Newsletter #39

July - September 2007

Julie and Ivy are Here!

The long-awaited new 1970's historical characters debuted to the public on September 10, 2007. Julie's collection includes a a blonde-haired Julie doll with a peasant blouse and bellbottoms outfit; her accessories; her rabbit, Nutmeg; a lunchbox and lunch set; a basketball team uniform and accessories; a scoreboard and bleachers set; a double school locker set, which fits two dolls; a velvet Christmas outfit; a Barbie styling head; a purple and orange dog walking outfit; a cap and scarf to go with the outfit; a dog-walking set that includes three dogs; sound accessories, which include a tape recorder (on which you can record a 30-second message) and a record player (which plays one minute of music from each of three 70's songs); a set of pink pajamas; a canopy bed with beads hanging from the top; and room accessories, which includes modular shelving, a Tupperware-like drink set, Jiffy Pop, a can of pretend orange drink, a terrarium, and a fuzzy foot rug. There is also a mini Julie doll for sale. Ivy's collection is still quite small, and consists only of an Ivy doll in twill pants and a cowl-necked top; her accessories, including a jeans purse; and a red Chinese New Year dress. Head on over to to see pics and prices of everything!

New JLY, Nicki, and Bitty Items

There are many new items for the Just Like You dolls, Nicki, and Bitty Baby also. All are listed and shown at the American Girl online store. Some highlights include new JLY holiday outfits and accessories, a baby grand piano, a new track suit, new pajamas, several sleepover sets, a sleeping bag, an entertainment set, a lounge chair, several different dance outfits, a spotlight stage, a karate outfit, an artist set, a couple Halloween costumes, a bathtub similar to the one that they sold before, a styling center, a sweet treats table and chairs, a sweet treats ice cream set, Coconut's vet accessories, and several other outfits. Nicki has new ski wear and ski gear. Bitty also has many new items. Head over to the AG site and check them out!

Kit Movie Trailer

There is now a short trailer for the Kit movie, which is coming to theaters next summer. You can view it at: The trailer states that the movie will be released on July 2, 2008.

Ruthie News

We now know the title of Ruthie's book! It is entitled Really Truly Ruthie and will be written by Valerie Tripp. Its publication date is given as June 2008, which coincides with the time of year that the Kit movie will be released. Here is a synopsis of the book from Books A Million:

Ruthie Smithens, a girl who believes in fairy tales and happy endings, would do almost anything to help her best friend, Kit Kittredge, whose family has been hard hit by the Depression. But Ruthie has learned the hard way that offers of help, even between friends, are tricky. When Ruthie finds out some bad news about the Kittredges' house while at her father's bank, she has to find a way to help the Kittredges reach Kit's Aunt Millie, so that there can be at least the chance of a happy ending!

Girl of the Year 2008

It looks like the Girl of the Year 2008 will be named Mia, and her books will be written by Laurence Yep, who wrote the Spring Pearl book in the Girls of Many Lands series. There are two books with the publication date of January 1, 2008 with the titles Mia and Bravo, Mia!

New Historical Mysteries Coming

American Girl is coming out with three new historical character mysteries next year! The publication date given for each is March 2008. Here are their titles and a short synopsis for each:

Traitor in Williamsburg: A Felicity Mystery
Felicity Merriman is alarmed when mysterious notices appear in Williamsburg, falsely accusing her friend Fiona's father of helping the British. With the Revolution heating up, Felicity knows the accusations will bring danger to Fiona's family. Then Felicity's own father is accused of being a traitor, too, and she decides she has to find out who's making the terrible accusations!

The Runaway Friend: A Kirsten Mystery
Kirsten Larson has been living on the Minnesota frontier for only a few weeks when her neighbor and friend, Erik Sandahl, disappears. Erik had promised to help the Larsons at harvest time--and he owes Uncle Olav money. Has Erik run out on his promises? Everyone seems to think so--except Kirsten. Can she figure out what's happened to her friend?

A Thief in the Theater: A Kit Mystery
Kit Kittredge spends a week of her summer vacation volunteering at the local theater--she wants to write a newspaper article about a play that's opening soon. It even stars famous actors from New York City! But behind the scenes, Kit and her friend Stirling discover more drama than they bargained for.

American Girl Place Chicago is Moving

American Girl Place Chicago is in need of more space, so they will be moving to the Water Tower Place, probably in fall of 2008. This location, a large mall, is very close to their old location and will give them more room to grow.

Monthly Membership Stats...and a Milestone!

Wow, what an incredible milestone...500 members!! I hope each and every one of you is continuing to enjoy the Society of American Girl Collectors.

I often get a few months behind in adding entries to the directory. When you join, however, your email is automatically immediately entered onto the newsletter mailing list, so don't worry about that.

New members in June: 7
New members in July: 5
New members in August: 10
New country: Venezuela
Total members: 500

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