American Girl's latest girl is Julie, who is from 1970s San Francisco. The first six books on Julie's back story are by Megan MacDonald; an accompanying book about Julie's best friend Ivy is by Lisa See. Divorcing parents, a big move, and cultural conflicts all come into play.
Established dolls Samantha, Kit, Felicity and Molly will all be publishing cookbooks this fall as well, each with 20 easy-to-follow recipes inspired by foods of the doll's own eras. And the American Girl Advice and Activity book list will feature six new titles. A book club kit includes invitations and discussion starters; a career primer called See What You Can Be pushes girls to think about becoming everything from a whitewater rafting guide to a cake decorator to a network technician.