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Meet Isabelle the 2014 American Girl Doll of the Year

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Isabelle is American Girl’s 2014 Girl of the Year! She will dance her way into the hearts of girls nationwide. Isabelle, an inspired dancer with a flair for design, is studying ballet at a performing-arts school in Washington, D.C. The Isabelle collection, available for only one year, comes to life with a beautiful 18-inch Isabelle™ doll featuring long blonde hair with removable pink-tipped highlights and an array of outfits and accessories, including a design-studio armoire and mix-and-match dance fashions. And to further engage girls, a movie based on Isabelle’s stories will premiere on DVD from Universal Studios Home Entertainment in summer 2014.

Written by award-winning author Laurence Yep, the 2014 Girl of the Year® books―Isabelle, Designs by Isabelle, and To the Stars, Isabelle―introduce readers to Isabelle Palmer, a talented ten-year-old girl who loves to dance and to design ballet costumes. When she starts attending the Anna Hart School of the Arts, Isabelle has a hard time getting her proper footing—both in her transition to a new school and in the dance studio. To complicate the situation, her older sister, Jade, is the star ballerina at the school, and a rival classmate tries to make Isabelle feel as if she doesn’t belong there. Isabelle struggles with self-doubt, but when she stops comparing herself to others and learns to focus on her own unique talents, she finds a special way to stand out and to use her passions to help others, too. The nonfiction section in the back of the Isabelle books features real girls who, like Isabelle, have followed their creative interests to discover a spotlight of their own.

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Isabelle will also have three books!

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Isabelle – Isabelle is excited about starting her first year at the Anna Hart School of the Arts. But she can’t help comparing herself to her older sister, Jade, who attends the same school and is an amazing ballerina. Isabelle’s other classmates are equally talented, and she starts wondering whether she really belongs at her new school. She earns a role in the fall festival, but she struggles during rehearsals. Can Isabelle learn how to focus less on those around her and more on her own dancing? With help from her sister and her friends, Isabelle may discover a unique talent that she can truly call her own.

Designs by Isabelle –  As Isabelle rehearses her ballet routine for The Nutcracker, she wonders if she’ll ever master her pirouettes, especially with her classmate Renata pointing out her every mistake. She tries focusing on the other parts of the production she enjoys: exploring the costume and props room and helping out with costumes for some of the younger dancers. But when Jade, her big sister who also attends Anna Hart School of the Arts, becomes moody and withdrawn, Isabelle taps into her design skills to try to find a solution for Jade. In the meantime, can Isabelle find the confidence to tune out Renata and perfect her own performance, too?

To the Stars, Isabelle –  Isabelle is doing great at the Anna Hart School of the Arts—her dancing idol Jackie Sanchez even invites her to go on tour! Isabelle jumps on board, but she quickly finds that the traveling show has its challenges, not the least of which is bossy Renata who was invited to come, too. When the dance show suddenly starts falling apart, Isabelle tries to help Jackie pull it back together—and begins to learn more about a mentor who encouraged Jackie to dance as a young girl. As Isabelle taps into her talents to try to save the show, she not only discovers who inspired Jackie, but also how she, herself, can inspire those around her.

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About the Author

Amanda Acuña an influential Mom Blogger. She created MommyMandy as an online resource to the parenting community. She is married to her high school sweetheart and has three daughters, ages 14,11, 5 and a son who is 2. They currently reside in Texas.

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