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"Chrissa" redirects here. For the doll, see Chrissa Maxwell (doll). For the book, see Chrissa. For the movie, see Chrissa Stands Strong (movie).
Chrissa Maxwell
Full name Chrissa Marie Maxwell
Gender Female
First appearance Chrissa
Father Mr. Maxwell
Mother Mrs. Maxwell

Chrissa Maxwell is the seventh Girl of the Year, released by the American Girl Doll company in 2009.


Chrissa is a 10 year old girl who lives with her father, mother, brother Tyler (who is eleven months older than Chrissa), and grandmother Nana. She has moved from Iowa to Edgewater, Minnesota to live with Nana following the death of her maternal grandfather, and is starting in a new school. Her father Paul is a potter who makes platewear under Maxwell Pottery and her mother Meg is a doctor. Tyler is somewhat nerdy and specializes his knowledge in planetary bodies and outer space. Her family lives in an upper-class neighborhood. Her grandmother Nana raises mini-llamas and spins their hair into yarn; she and Chrissa's grandfather used to raise full llamas but with his illness and later death she has gone to mini-llamas.

Chrissa is a very creative girl and knows how to knit as well as sew. Her favorite sports are swimming and diving; she is a strong, skilled swimmer. She likes to help her dad with pottery. 

Chrissa is left-handed.

Her grandmother's pets, the mini-llamas named Cosmos and Checkers, give birth to a baby named Starburst which is Chrissa's pet.

Chrissa finds it hard to make friends at her new school, but Chrissa tries her best to be friendly. She later makes friends with Gwen and Sonali, but her friendship with both of them had a rough start. 



Chrissa is portrayed by Sammi Hanratty.


See: Chrissa Maxwell (doll)

The Chrissa doll.

  • Face Mold: Josefina Mold
  • Skin: Light
  • Hair: Brown with natural-colored highlights, shoulder length, center part, no bangs
  • Eyes: Light Blue

Meet Outfit

  • Pink faux-wrap dress, flower print
  • Purple flats with elastic ankle straps
  • Lavender panties
  • Bracelet

Companion Dolls

Chrissa is the first Girl of the Year to have any companion dolls. The two characters, Sonali Matthews and Gwen Thompson, are from the books and movie.

  • Gwen Thompson is white with blond hair and brown eyes. She is a lonely girl in her class; Chrissa is the first to befriend her. Gwen lived at the homeless shelter and felt that her situation made it too embarrassing for her to make any friends. The doll has the Classic Mold, blond hair with bangs, and brown eyes; she is similar in looks to Just Like You 12.
  • Sonali Matthews is at least partially South Asian/Indian, as her mother's parents are from India. She was part of the Queen Bees with Tara and Jadyn, but stopped being their friend after their cruel pranks and became Chrissa's friend. The doll has an all-new face mold with dark skin, dark eyes, and long wavy dark hair.

The two companion dolls were available from Chrissa's launch on January 1; each came with a copy of the book Friends.


See: Chrissa's Collection


  • Chrissa is the first Girl of the Year to have companion characters.
  • Chrissa is the second Girl of the Year to have a middle name after Jess McConnell.
  • Chrissa is the second Girl of the Year to have the Josefina Mold after Marisol Luna.
  • Chrissa is the first Girl of the Year to have a movie about her.
  • Chrissa is left-handed, stated in the book; "Chrissa"
  • With her retirement, some items have been re-released under generic names as part of the Just Like You collection.

See also


Girls of the Year

Lindsey Bergman


Kailey Hopkins


Marisol Luna


Jess McConnell


Nicki Fleming


Mia St. Clair


Chrissa Maxwell,
Gwen Thompson,
and Sonali Matthews


Lanie Holland


Kanani Akina


McKenna Brooks


Saige Copeland


Isabelle Palmer


Grace Thomas

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