Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Girl of the Year 2016, BeForever 2016, & New BeForever Mystery Books on Amazon

Jenny on ACG found that you can go ahead an pre-order the 2016 Girl of the Year (Lea Clark)'s books on Amazon right now, and even more exciting, you can also order the 2016 BeForever Character's first book as well! If that wasn't exciting enough, there are also 3 new mystery books for the BeForever line, including a mystery each for Kaya and Josefina who both currently only have one! She kindly gave us permission to share her find. ^_^

Background on BeForever 2016: 
-AG confirmed on their Facebook a few months ago there will be a new black historical character added to the BeForever line in 2016 (rumored to be from the 1960's). Possible names that AG has trademarked are "Gabriela" and "Melody Ellison".
-According to the Amazon page for BeForever 2016's Book 1, it will be published on January 1, 2016, coinciding with the Girl of the Year 2016's debut. I do not know if this date is a temporary placeholder or if AG really is planning on doing this. I really hop not though, because this is setting both characters up to directly compete with each other and  set both to not reach their full selling potential.

The information for the books are posted below along with their direct links to ordering on Amazon. We learn more about the GotY 2016 Lea Clark in the summaries for the third book and 3 book boxed set which include:
1) Lea will be traveling to Brazil. (Makes sense because it coincides with the 2016 Olympics in Rio.)
2) She is not staying there for all 3 books, she will be in the USA for at least the third book.
3) She is from St. Louis, MO.
4) Her friend's name from Brazil is Camilia (assuming this based off context clues in the summaries).

*Full list of links to all GotY 2016 info/leaks/rumors/photos at the bottom of this post.*

Beforever 2016: Book 1
Author: Denise Lewis Patrick (Author of Cecile's books and Addy's Journey Book)
Illustrator: Juliana Kolesova
Publish Date: Jan. 1st, 2016
Price: $9.99
Amazon Pre-order Link: http://www.amazon.com/BeForever-2016-Denise-Lewis-Patrick/dp/1609587510/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1440454978&sr=1-1&keywords=Beforever%202016%20book&tag=viglink20340-20

All 1960s BeForever Melody Ellison Leaks/Info/Photos:
Link to Photos of 1960s Beforever Melody Doll in Various Hairstyles:

Link to Comparison Photos of Melody, Addy, & Cecile Dolls:

Link to 1960s Beforever Melody Doll Review with Photos:

Link to Photos Possible Red Polka Dot Birthday Dress for 1960s Beforever Melody Ellison:

        ->Link to Detail Photos of Red Polka Dot Dress Modeled on Sonali Doll:

Link to Photos of Potential Gold Bow Dress for 1960s Beforever Melody Ellison:

Link to Photos of Potential Gold Coat, Hat, & Gloves Set for 1960s Beforever Melody Ellison:

        ->Link to Collector Detail Photos of Potential Gold Coat for 1960s Beforever Melody:

Link to Photos of Blue Pajama Top for 1960s Beforever Melody Ellison:

        ->Link to Photos of Complete Blue Starry Pajamas Outfit for 1960s Beforever Melody:

Link to Photos of Rainbow Play Outfit for 1960s Beforever Melody Ellison:

Link to Stock Photos for Doll & Floral Peplum Dress for 1960s Beforever Melody Ellison:

Link to Photos of Doll & Collection for 1960s Beforever Melody Ellison:

Link to Journey Book Cover Illustration for 1960s Beforever Melody Ellison:

Link to Book 2 Cover Illustration for 1960s Beforever Melody Ellison:

Link to Potential Release/Debut Date for 1960s Beforever Melody Doll & Collection:

Link to Photos of Pet Dog for 1960s Beforever character Melody Ellison:

        ->Link to Collector Detail & Comparison Photos of Pet Dog for 1960s Beforever Melody:

Link to Photos of potential store debut gift & name for 1960s BeForever girl modeled on dolls:

Link to 2nd potential leaked outfit, Floral Peplum Dress, for BeForever 2016:

       ->Link to Photos of 1960s BeForever Floral Bow Dress modeled on Truly Me #26 doll:

Link to 1st potential leaked outfit, Green Plaid Dress, for BeForever 2016: 

       ->Link to Photos of 1960s BeForever Green Houndstooth Dress modeled on Kanani doll:

       ->Link to Photos of Melody's Green Meet Dress modeled on Truly Me #62 doll:

Link to information about the 2016 BeForever historical character's book 1

       ->Link to Cover Illustration & Back Cover Summary for 1960s BeForever Book 1:

       ->Link to Book 1 Chapter List, and Book 2 & Journey Book Titles & Summaries:

       ->Link to Specific Details about Melody, her family, and story from Book 1:

GOTY 2016 Lea Clark: Book 1 - Dives In (could be book 2)
Summary: Girl of the Year 2016 is ten years old and ready to explore the whole world, just like her grandmother! But first she'll start with a family trip to Brazil, where her big brother is studying the rainforest. Girl of the Year 2016 is really excited to see the ocean - and when she does, she realizes she'd rather take a picture of it than swim in it. Can she overcome her fear and dive in?
Then she meets a fun new friend who inspires her to embrace the thrills and beauty of Brazil. But when the fun turns to danger, she must find the courage to face adventure head on! Where will the next adventure take her?
Author: Lisa Yee (Author of Kanani's books and Ivy's Book)
Illustrator: Sarah Davis
Publish Date: Jan. 1st, 2016
Price: $9.99
Amazon Pre-order Link: http://www.amazon.com/GOTY-Dives-Lisa-Yee/dp/1609589971/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1440450766&sr=1-3&refinements=p_27:Lisa%20Yee&tag=viglink20340-20

GOTY 2016 Lea Clark: Book 2 - Leads the Way (could be book 1)
Summary: Girl of the Year 2016 is all set for an animal-discovery adventure! She's never been to a rainforest before, and her mind is filled with exciting thoughts about the animals she'll get to see - and the pictures she'll get to take deep in the jungle. During a hike with her brother through the Amazon rainforest, they discover a baby sloth that is badly injured. Girl of the Year 2016 quickly decides she must do all she can to help the little sloth survive. But as she learns more, she wonders: "Is that the right thing to do?"
Author: Lisa Yee (Author of Kanani's books and Ivy's Book)
Illustrator: Sarah Davis
Publish Date: Jan. 1st, 2016
Price: $9.99
Amazon Pre-order Link: http://www.amazon.com/GOTY-Leads-Way-Lisa-Yee/dp/160958998X/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1440450766&sr=1-4&refinements=p_27:Lisa%20Yee&tag=viglink20340-20

GOTY 2016 Lea Clark: Book 3 - GOTY & Camilia
Summary: For spring break, GOTY 2016 has invited her friend Camila to St. Louis for a stateside adventure. They find a stray kitten and make a mysterious discovery while visiting a grand but crumbling mansion. GOTY 2016 is determined to uncover the secrets of her discovery, but in her search for clues she forgets to be a good host to Camila. And when GOTY 2016's best friend, Abby, becomes fast friends with Camila, GOTY 2016 feels a little left out. Can she find a way to reconnect with her friends -- and solve the mystery, too?
Author: Lisa Yee (Author of Kanani's books and Ivy's Book) & Kellen Hertz
Illustrator: Sarah Davis
Publish Date: Mar. 1st, 2016
Price: $9.99
Amazon Pre-order Link: http://www.amazon.com/GOTY-Camila-Kellen-Hertz/dp/1609587405/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1440450766&sr=1-2&refinements=p_27:Lisa%20Yee&tag=viglink20340-20

GOTY 2016 Lea Clark 3 Book Boxed Set
Summary: Girls will love hiking through the rainforest and visiting beautiful Brazilian beaches with the 2016 Girl of the Year! This inspiring series of adventure stories includes three books.
Author: Lisa Yee (Author of Kanani's books and Ivy's Book) & Kellen Hertz
Illustrator: Sarah Davis
Publish Date: Mar. 1st, 2016
Price: $9.99
Amazon Pre-order Link: http://www.amazon.com/GOTY-Camila-Kellen-Hertz/dp/1609587405/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1440450766&sr=1-2&refinements=p_27:Lisa%20Yee&tag=viglink20340-20

GOTY 2016 Lea Clark Mini Doll
Publish Date: Jan. 1st, 2016
Price: $24.99
Amazon Pre-order Link: http://www.amazon.com/American-Girl-GOTY-2016-mini/dp/1609587065/ref=sr_1_1?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1440524504&sr=1-1&keywords=GOTY%202016&tag=viglink20340-20

The Ghost Wind: A Kaya Mystery
Summary: Kaya's people tell a story about unusual silver stallions of long ago that had powerful medicine -- a strong connection to the spirit world. Now Kaya's blind sister, Speaking Rain, has dreamed of a stallion like none she's ever met. Then the two girls come upon a silver stallion in the woods. Could he be a Ghost Wind Stallion of legend?
Author: Emma Carlson Berne (Author of Josefina's & Kaya's Journey Books)
Illustrator: Juliana Kolesova
Publish Date: Mar. 1st, 2016
Price: $9.99
Amazon Pre-order Link: http://www.amazon.com/Ghost-Wind-Stallion-Kaya-Mystery/dp/160958757X/ref=sr_1_6?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1440451691&sr=1-6&keywords=american%20girl%20mystery&tag=viglink20340-20

The Glowing Heart: A Josefina Mystery
Summary: Josefina's home is filled with holiday guests, including a dashing man from Mexico City who delivers a precious heirloom to Tía Dolores. Everyone is delighted with the stunning ruby ring, but as soon as the ring appears at the rancho, things start going wrong. What is going on? With all her heart, Josefina is determined to find out.
Author: Valerie Tripp (Author of Felicity, Josefina, Samantha, Kit, Molly's books to name a few)
Illustrator: Juliana Kolesova
Publish Date: Mar. 1st, 2016
Price: $9.99
Amazon Pre-order Link: http://www.amazon.com/Glowing-Heart-Josefina-Mystery/dp/1609587561/ref=sr_1_7?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1440451691&sr=1-7&keywords=american%20girl%20mystery&tag=viglink20340-20

The Finders Keepers Rule: A Maryellen Mystery
Summary: Maryellen takes a break from practicing for the big "Rock Around the Clock" holiday dance to go to the beach with her friend Davy. While playing in the waves, they find a barnacle-encrusted ring buried in the sand. They imagine that it's lost treasure from a sunken ship. But why do other people seem desperate to get the ring?
Author: Jacqueline Greene (Author of Rebecca's Books & Mysteries)
Illustrator: Juliana Kolesova
Publish Date: Mar. 1st, 2016
Price: $9.99
Amazon Pre-order Link: http://www.amazon.com/Finders-Keepers-Rule-Maryellen-Mystery/dp/1609587588/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1440451691&sr=1-5&keywords=american%20girl%20mystery&tag=viglink20340-20

(The following 4 mysteries will be republished with the new style covers, also on March 1st, 2016 and cost $9.99 USD.)
The Stolen Sapphire: A Samantha Mystery
The Crystal Ball: A Rebecca Mystery
Intruders at Rivermead Manor: A Kit Mystery
The Tangled Web: A Julie Mystery

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All info/leaks on GotY 2016 Lea Clark to date:
Link to eBay Photos of GOTY 2016 Lea Clark's Plush Sloth:

Stock Photos for GOTY 2016 Lea Clark's Mix and Match Swimsuit & Beach Accessories:

Link to Book 2 Cover Illustration and Back Cover Summary for GOTY 2016 Lea Clark:

Link to Details from Mini Doll Book for GOTY 2016 Lea Clark:

Link to Complete Collection List for GOTY 2016 Lea Clark with Prices:

Link to Full Sized GOTY 2016 Stock Photo:

Link to Book Cover for GOTY 2016's First Book - Lea Dives In:

Link to Photos of 2-in1 Swimsuit for GOTY 2016 Lea Clark on Kanani & Caroline Dolls:

Link to Photoshop Images of Potential Looks for Full Sized GOTY 2016 Lea Clark Doll:

Link to Comparison Photos of Lea Mini Doll with other Mini Dolls:

Link to GOTY 2016 Lea Clark Complete Leaked Wardrobe Group Photos:

Link to Photos of Explorer/Hiking Outfit Modeled on Truly Me #49 doll:

Link to Full Cast List Photos of Actresses and Actors for GOTY 2016 Movie:

Link to Potential 2-in-1 Swimsuit Set for GotY 2016 Lea Clark:

Link to Photos of Tropical Romper Outfit Modeled on Kanani & Caroline dolls:

Link to Photos of Pink/Yellow Tunic Top Outfit Modeled on Kanani & Caroline Dolls:

Link to Photos of Purple Tie Dye Outfit Modeled on Kanani & Caroline Dolls:

Link to Explorer/Hiking Outfit for GotY 2016 Lea Clark:

Link to Photos of  Fancy Occasion Dress on Kanani doll:

Link to Purple Dress & Messenger Bag for GotY 2016 Lea Clark:

Link to Shorts, Top, & Sandals Outfit for GotY 2016 Lea Clark:

Link to Fancy Occasion Dress for GotY 2016 Lea Clark:

Link to Tropical Romper Outfit for GotY 2016 Lea Clark:

Link to Potential Pajamas for GotY 2016 Lea Clark:

Link to GotY 2016's Book Summaries:

Link to Girl of the Year 2016 Lea Clark's Meet Outfit & Mini Doll Images:

Link to Meet Outfit Details Modeled on Various Dolls:

Link to Casting Call Audition Script for 2016 GotY Lea Clark's Movie:


  1. The author of the Beforever 2016 is Denise Lewis Patrick, a prolific author of African-American fiction including several of the Cecile books. That might be a good clue!

    1. Yup, I really enjoyed Cecile's books so I have high expectations for the black character's 2016 BeForever storyline!

  2. Yay, a new Josefina mystery! She's one of my favorite characters. As a former beach dweller, I'll be looking forward to Maryellen's, too. We used to pretend things we found on the beach were treasure (but it never turned into quite as much of an adventure)! :)

    1. I'm thrilled Josefina and Kaya are getting new mysteries! Now if they'll only make another one for Addy too. :) I know what you mean by finding treasure on the beach! I used to pick up all the sea glass I could find and pretend they were jewels but no one else seemed to think so. :D

  3. Thanks for the info. I am so excited for the two new dolls! I haven't gotten a new doll in a very long time. I can't wait to read all the new mysteries :)

    1. I am really surprised that the supposed release date for the new dolls are both Jan. 1st! But I have to agree, I'm excited to see them and read the new mysteries. ^_^

  4. I'm hoping you are right with your suggestion that it's really yet to be decided and that it will actually be later in the year. It makes sense to concentrate on the GOTY and then bring the hext new doll in time for Christmas wish lists - just as they'be done with Maryellen.

    1. I think so too. It really makes no sense to me why AG would try something like a joint release. What would they have left for the second half of the year then? Like you said, it seems more sound to release the GotY for the first half of the year and the new BeForever character the second half.

  5. Maybe there is a point to releasing the new AA BeForever character at the same time as the 2015 GOTY. Mightn't it avoid some of us from getting upset that the new GOTY doll is not a doll of full colour again, at the same time as giving others a choice of whether to purchase an AA doll or a mixed heritage doll, or other, on Jan 1st.? The AA BeForever character will still be there for those who need to save to get her, and for longer than the GOTY's 2015. I don't know if they will really do a double release, but if so, I'm in favour.

    1. Perhaps that is what AG is thinking, but even if it is, I personally feel it is a very poor decision from a marketing standpoint. People who are upset the new GOTY doll is not a black doll or full minority character won't be placated just because a character in a different line is. Most families won't buy two dolls at the same time, and children will have to pick between the new GOTY and the new BeForever doll, therefore cutting down the sales on both the dolls for the first quarter. Most families also cannot afford multiple dolls in a quarter (3 months), and many can't afford multiple dolls in a year, so while it is true the BeForever doll will be available longer, by then the excitement of a "new release" won't be there to drive sales. At the end of the day, AG would see poor sales relative to other releases on both of them, and may interpret that to mean minority characters don't sell well when they're not given an equal chance in terms of how they're released.

  6. Hey can you please tell me if you know if they are going to retire an old doll for realesing the new beforever doll since ag said they retiring old dolls for making space for the new dolls because of the lack of space, so please tell me if you know something.

    1. I am not affiliated with American Girl in any way. As a fan and collector, I have not heard any rumors so far that any dolls are being retired at the moment.

  7. The 2016 BF's book is tagged with 1900s, African-American, and Prejudice & Racism.

    1. Yes, it is. I do hope AG addresses these issues seriously and in an age appropriate way, and not shield away from these issues. :)

    2. I wish I could see how Melody looks like. And I hope she comes out at the middle of the year so she could sell better. Just like Maryellen.

    3. It seems like she will be released about the same time of year Maryellen was. :)

  8. Guess who else is going to Brazil?
    Give Up?

  9. something tells me that AG will retire addy and replace her with the new doll.

    1. Anything is possible, though I would be sad to see Addy leave.