Step back in time and fight in the Civil War or put on some moccasins as you read The American Girl series by various authors. Enjoy stories that you’ll never forget!
The American Girl series is a group of 6-book series that star 12 different girls in 11 different time periods. There is a different girl in each of the books
- Kirsten, who lived as a pioneer in the 1800’s
- Samantha, who lived in a Victorian home during the turn of the century
- Molly, who fights along with her country during World War 2
- Kaya, who is a hardworking American Indian
- Cecile and Marie-Grace, who develop a friendship as they walk the streets of New Orleans during the 1850’s
- Addy, who fights for her rights as a black person during the Civil War
- Felicity, who bears her obnoxious petticoats during the Revolutionary War
- Julie, a young girl growing up in the turbulent times of the 1970’s
- Josefina a Hispanic-American growing up during the 1820’s
- Kit, who dreams of being a reporter during the Great Depression
- Rebecca, a girl growing up in a Jewish family living during 1914.
My favorite character is probably Molly, because I’m particularly interested in that time period. The reading level for the basic series is 8-12, though there are American Girl Mysteries, which continue some of the girls’ lives with a bit of mystery. Those books are best suited for ages 10 and up, and are some of my favorites. If you are more interested in modern-day girls, every year beginning in 2003, the American Girl franchise has released a “Girl of the Year,” complete with her modern day issues that girls from the 2000’s can relate to.
Like the title suggests, these books really are better for girls, but I have heard of some boys enjoying them as well, because in the end, they are just good stories.
If you really get into the American Girl world, you can buy dolls (and all their accessories) at the American Girl stores, or play games and do other activities on their website, www.americangirl.com.