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Read the American Girl Collection

Adventures in Literature, History and Imagination

These are just some of the great stories about girls growing up in America…

 

Meet Felicity

In Williamsburg in 1774, nine-year-old Felicity rescues a beautiful horse who is being beaten and starved by her cruel owner.

 

 

 

Meet Kaya

In 1764, when Kaya and her family reunite with other Nez Percé Indians to fish for the red salmon, she learns that bragging, even about her swift horse, can lead to trouble. Includes historical notes on the Nez Percé Indians.

 

 

 

Meet Caroline

When her father is taken prisoner by the British, Caroline Abbott, a young girl living during the War of 1812, tries to help her family run their shipyard.

 

 

Meet Addy

Nine-year-old Addy Walker escapes from a cruel life of slavery to freedom during the Civil War.

 

 

 

Meet Josefina

Nine-year-old Josefina, the youngest of four sisters living in New Mexico in 1824, tries to help run the household after her mother dies.

 

 

 

Meet Cécile

Cécile Rey, whose prosperous family are free people of color, makes friends with Marie-Grace Gardner, a doctor’s daughter who has just returned to her native New Orleans in 1853, and persuades her to change places at their separate Mardi Gras balls.

 

 

Meet Marie-Grace

Marie-Grace Gardner, a doctor’s daughter who has just returned to her native New Orleans in 1853, makes friends with Cécile Rey, whose prosperous family are free people of color, and is persuaded to change places with her at separate Mardi Gras balls.

 

 

 

Meet Rebecca

In 1914 New York City, nine-year-old Rebecca is determined to show her family that she is old enough to light the Shabbos candles and go to the movies.

 

 

 

Meet Kit

When her father’s business closes because of the Great Depression forcing Kit to make changes in her life, the nine-year-old responds with resourcefulness.

 

 

 

Meet Molly

While her father is away fighting in World War II, Molly finds her life full of change as she eats terrible vegetables from the victory garden and plans revenge on her brother for ruining her Halloween.

 

 

 

Meet Julie

In 1974, after Julie’s parents divorce, she moves to a new San Francisco neighborhood where the school does not have a girls’ basketball team, so she fights for the right to play on the boys’ team.

 

 

 

Aloha, Kanani

When the tropical paradise of Kauai, Hawaii, fails to impress her cousin from New York City, ten-year-old Kanani wonders why nothing seems to make her happy.

 

 

 

 Learn more about American Girls at the Arlington Public Library.

 

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