After much guessing and speculation, something more than rumors have appeared, namely, the cover and summery for the first book for next year's Girl of the Year 2017 Gabriela! Thank you to Erica who sent us the image and and summary from the Scholastic website. I have added it to the Master List of Leaked AG Releases as well as the Girl of the Year 2017 Gabriela information page.
Link to Master List of Leaked AG Releases:
Link to Girl of the Year 2017 Gabriela Information Page:
Cover of GOTY 2017's 1st Book:
She looks like the silhouette we saw leak earlier, and similar to the rumors that say she is based off the Truly Me #46 doll which was retired earlier the year.
Summary of 1st Book:
Meet Gabriela McBride:
Gabby loves expressing herself - especially in the dance studio - but lately, poetry is becoming her art choice, and for a good reason: Gabby struggles with stuttering, and spoken word poetry helps her speech flow more freely. Still, compared to how confident she feels on the dance floor, speaking can be scary. When the city threatens to close her beloved community arts center, Gabby is determined to find a way to help. Can she harness the power of her words and rally her community to save Liberty Arts?
I am *SO* excited for this Girl of the Year character! She looks adorable and American Girl is LOOOOONNNNNNG overdue for a black GOTY character. Her story doesn't seem that thrilling to me, because the theme of dance has been done in the line already with Marisol and Isabelle, and the idea of saving a local arts program/community was seen in Saige. However I love the idea of her developing her love and interest with spoken work poetry, and using that to help her with overcoming her stuttering. All in all, even though I don't collect Girl of the Year dolls, I just might have to make an exception for this beautiful girl! ^_^