To promote Grace's debut, American Girl has launched a yearlong fundraising initiative, "For Goodness, Bake!", to support Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign to end child hunger in America. Those who register for the fundraising campaign (and it should be noted you must be 18 or older to register) will have a chance to win the Grace doll and meet book, the French Bakery, Bistro Set, and the matching girl's apron from Grace's Baking Outfit.
Additionally, American Girl is accepting donations on behalf of No Kid Hungry.
Do not take personal pictures from alternate sources such as eBay Auctions or other people's personal albums. Personal pictures must be taken by the uploader. Images found to be sourced to an eBay auction or other non-personal means will be removed. It's image theft. (The only noted and admin-approved exception at this time is the image on the American Girl 25th Anniversary Shirt as the item was given only to employees and so is quite rare.)
C'mon, people. Take the pics yourself. You know better.
The same rules, as always, apply when it comes to new releases and articles: put some effort into writing your descriptions. We won't hesitate to remove poorly written edits or ban people who make repeated efforts into not putting effort into writing proper descriptions.
The books are due to be released May 2015. Along with new covers for some older craft books, this looks to be a revamping of the modern doll line, much like the switch to My American Girl. (Here at the Wiki we will still keep the category named how it is, due to the tedious tasks of redoing the category on every related page. We believe you're smart enough to know what is what.)
There have been leaks for three other books written by Valerie Tripp: The One and Only,The Sky's the Limit, and Taking Off. These look to be a new set of BeForever Character books; they are categorized on Amazon.com as set in the 1900s and to be released this August. While this is exciting news, we cannot tie these three titles to a BeForever Character or know details on the books and which is which. So please do not make articles about them yet.
ETA: It should be noted that Nashville's grand opening dates in May was first noted in a Wisconsin State Journal article with regards to staff layoffs. The same article also quotes that the AG store in Scottsdale is set to open sometime in August.
April 23rd, 2015 / Song of the MockingBird and Maryellen on the AG Publishing Site
American Girl's Publication site has shown a category under the BeForever column, showing the character name "Maryellen" (one word, no spaces) between Kit and Julie chronologically. Nothing is shown in the category when clicked on, but the shell of the page is visible. There is also the category "Truly Me" in place of "My American Girl." A screencap has been provided in the event American Girl edits the page to prevent leaks or questions.
American Girl's Facebook and Instagram account have made the official announcement that Caroline Abbott and her entire collection are to be archived. This will likely happen by August to allow the release of Maryellen. Like Marie-Grace and Cécile before her, Caroline had a three-year run.
This, unfortunately will leave a large gap between 1764 and 1824 and a large emphasis on the 20th Century. Will there later be a rerelease of Felicity or a new Historical/BeForever to later fill this? Time will tell. For now, if you don't have her or her things, start to get them before they leave!
American Girl's Facebook account just revealed the first book for their newest BeForever character, Maryellen Larkin. There is still no information as to what setting her books will be set in or what her themes will be.
On this wiki we take a zero-tolerance approach on leaked information that did not come through official channels. That goes for speculating and rumor-mongering.
In other news related to My American Girl/Truly Me, there is a Truly AwesoME Sweepstakes for a chance to win various prizes. The contests end August 12 and is eligible to girls ages 8-13 living in the United States who have obtained their parents/guardian's permission to participate.
A sneak peek of new BeForever, Bitty Baby, Bitty Twins and Truly Me items. The BeForever release will be focused on pajamas and all new bed sets--so if you don't have older ones, pick them up if you still can.
While this is a peek, it's not officially released, so be prudent. We're watching you.
A current sale on American girl items on the site has up to 40% off select items, including select Caroline items, Fashion Show exclusives, and straggling Isabelle items.
The American Girl publishing site has revamped, with more detail on Maryellen's books and Mini doll. Notably, pre-orders for her two Central books and the Journey book books on Amazon.com are available and up to half off.
Some enterprising (or perhaps impatient) fan managed to find product pages for Maryellen's Collection earlier today on AG's online store, and unsurprisingly AG has since pulled the links down.
Unlike Grace's second release earlier this year in which her product pages appeared a few days prior to release and AG let it slide, AG clearly did not intend for Maryellen's pages and images to be live on the store at this time. While we do have the article titles set up for Maryellen's collection, the articles themselves will not be created until Maryellen is released. Also, anyone caught uploading leaked images will be banned. The last thing anyone wants on this wiki is to be in legal trouble with American Girl.
The author for the first two books is Lisa Yee, who previously wrote Good Luck, Ivy and Kanani's books, and GOTY and Camila is co-written between Lisa and another author, Kellen Hertz, so there is a possible chance GOTY 2016 may be a girl of color. All three books have Sarah Davis as the illustrator.
The only info that can be found is in GOTY and Camila is GOTY 2016's city and state may be St. Louis, MO. There is no way to tell at this time which of the other two books is the meet book or what other themes GOTY 2016's stories may focus upon.
While there have been some substantial leaks on the Internet over the past few months, GOTY 2016's articles will not be created until December when more info is available. This wiki does not tolerate unconfirmed leaks or rumors.
UPDATE: There is also a listing for a BeForever character book written by Denise Lewis Patrick supposedly releasing on January 1, 2016. While American Girl confirmed a while back a new BeForever character would be released in 2016, in light of Maryellen's pending debut, the release date for the book should be taken with a grain of salt. A screencap has been provided in the event the listing goes down.
August 27, 2015 / New things for every line, unless you're a Bitty Twin
After many, many leaks, Maryellen finally makes her BeForever debut. If you still haven't gotten Caroline, you should probably stop reading this and go get her right now.
Aside from Maryellen, the Bitty Baby line got a major refresh, with not one, but three new meet outfits (bolded) that come with a code for a free song download. There is also a new, red-haired, hazel-eyed doll, and several dolls were retired.
Bitty Twins get nothing, they lose this round, cue the losing horns.
Seeing that I already had to temporarily lock the both Maryellen doll and the Maryellen character articles prior to her release because of people being too impatient for her product page to appear on the online store, and having seen a rather disturbingly high number of poor edits in the past month, it goes without saying: Write and edit properly or get your contributions deleted. Keep it up and don't be surprised if you get banned.
Craigslist hiring ads (example) has leaked that several temporary American Girl place locations are opening nationwide. The locations discovered so far are:
Fashion Valley Mall in San Diego, CA
The Shops at Mission Viejo in Orange County, CA
The Americana at Brand in Glendale, CA
Pioneer Place in Portland, OR
Fashion Show Mall in Las Vegas, NV
Fashion Place in Salt Lake City, UT (Murray, UT)
Castleton Square Mall in Indianapolis, IN
These are likely to be similar to the Hawaii Location, and only stay open for a limited time. ETA: all locations will be open until about January or February 2016, allowing for purchase of the next Girl of the Year.
It appears that GOTY 2016 was leaked via a Scholastic book fair ad that revealed her name is Lea Clark, as reported from Lissie and Lilly. There are also additional leaks on YouTube that we're not posting here because of our zero-tolerance policy for leaked images/media and it should go without saying we don't tolerate speculation as well.
December 24, 2015 / Melody Ellison, BeForever 2016
The January 1, 2016, release date for the newest BeForever character's Volume 1 initially seen on Amazon appears to be genuine as people have managed to find it in actual bookstores. Information from Lissie and Lilly states the newest BeForever character is a girl of color named Melody Ellison and her era is 1960s. It is still unknown when Melody's other books will be released or when her doll will make its debut.
As excited as we are for Lea and Melody in 2016, we still do not condone leaked images or speculation on the wiki and any such malarkey will be swiftly dealt with.
Leaks have come out about Lea's collection. We here at the A*G Wiki remind you that, even two days to go, we don't upload images or data before the day of launch unless the source has been vetted as reliable. You can wait two days to have the data up.