Online Newsletter #40

October - December 2007

Mia and AG on Oprah

American Girl fans across the country got their first look at AG's Girl of the Year 2008, Mia, when she debuted on Oprah Winfrey's show November 21st. An excited crowd of girls was on set when the redheaded figure skater was revealed, and they got another surprise when Oprah announced the audience was getting Julie and Ivy dolls! In addition to revealing Mia, Oprah and AG Marketing Director Julia Prohaska chatted about Julie and Ivy, the newest historical characters.

Mia Book Summaries

Here are the summaries for the Mia books from Books a Million:

Mia: Mia St. Clair is a ten-year-old girl living in upstate New York. She has grown up playing ice hockey wit her three older brothers on the pond behind their house. Mia's got the skills and the scrappiness it takes to be a star hockey player, but she's tired of skating in her brothers' shadows and has decided to follow her heart and pursue figure skating instead. Does she have what it takes to grow and compete as a figure skaters? When a new coach arrives, Mia finds herself gently pushed by the coach at the same time that she's pulled by her brothers. Can she stay true to her heart and follow her own path? Can she hold her own in a world of competitive skating?

Bravo, Mia! Mia St. Clair can't wait for Regionals. Or can she? Mia has been training all year to master the moves she needs to compete at the Regional Figure Skating Competition. It's her first time competing at that level, and Mia is eager for and worried about Regionals all at the same time. Is she a good enough skater? Does she have what it takes to survive in the world of competitive figure skating--and still be a good sport? When a family crisis threatens Mia's chances of going to Regionals, Mia is heartbroken. But she knows that being a good sport means accepting challenges--even big losses--with determination and grace.

If you search on Barnes & Noble's website, you can see the covers for both books, too.

Mia Events at AG Stores

To introduce Mia, American Girl is having events at each of their stores. To find out dates, prices, and what's going on at the events, go to the Stores section of the American Girl website.

Boutique & Bistro Opens in Dallas

Dallas's AG Boutique & Bistro is now open for business! The grand opening was held November 3rd. The Dallas Morning News has an article on it here. At the end, the article also includes a nice little rebuttal to criticisms of the price of AG. :o)

Watch the New Kit Movie Trailer

There's now a longer trailer for the Kit movie, and it can be seen here on American Girl's website.

Touring Addy Show

American Girl is presenting an Addy stage play that will be showing in several states through May 2008! Seattle Children's Theater commissioned a play based on the Addy books that ran there last spring, and now many other American Girl fans in other cities will be able to see the production. You can find out just where the play will be showing by going to this page on the American Girl website.

Monthly Membership Stats

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 September: 5
New members in October: 8
New members in November: 6
New state: Oklahoma
New countries: Italy, China
Total members: 518

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