American Girl Archives

The official site for preserving a character's place in American Girl history

Historical Characters


Archive year: 2015

In 1812, Caroline Abbott’s father is captured as war begins. When she sees a chance to rescue him, Caroline discovers she must use her mind and heart to guide her decisions.

Marie- Grace and Cecile

Archive year: 2014

In 1853, Marie-Grace Gardner befriends Cecile Rey as sickness spreads through their hometown of New Orleans. They learn to count on each other as they help those in need.

Molly and Emily

Archive year: 2014

In 1944, Molly McIntire is facing the hardships of World War Two. While she awaits her father's return, with Emily's help, Molly learns to pull together for the common good.


Archive year: 2014

In 1974, Ivy Ling realizes that Julie is in need of extra cheer. So Ivy invites her best friend's whole family for Chinese New Year to celebrate a new beginning.


Archive year: 2014

In 1934, Ruthie Smithens learns that Kit's family is struggling through the Great Depression, so Ruthie tries to make a fairy-tale happy ending come true.

Elizabeth Cole

Archive year: 2011

In 1774, Elizabeth Cole supports the king, but she also feels allegiance to her friend Felicity, who believes the colonies should be free. Can she find a way to be loyal to both?


Archive year: 2010

In 1854, Kirsten Larson encounters a different culture as her family settles in the New World. In time, she learns the richness of the land—and the true meaning of home.


Archive year: 2009

In 1904, once Nellie O'Malley and her sisters are adopted by Samantha's aunt and uncle, she knows that her family is protected and that she's fulfilled her mother's dying wish.

Explore our selection of historical character books and movies ▸

Girl of the Year


Archive year: 2017

In 2016, Lea Clark gets her wish to travel the world with a family trip to Brazil. Once there she dives in to new adventures and faces fears to make her dreams come true.


Archive year: 2016

In 2015, after a trip to Paris, Grace Thomas is inspired to start her own baking business. Along the way, she discovers combining everyone’s special talents is the best way to succeed.


Archive year: 2015

In 2014, Isabelle Palmer achieves her dream of studying dance at a new school for the arts. But keeping up is a challenge—until she discovers a unique talent to call her own.


Archive year: 2014

In 2013, Saige Copeland finds her love of horses and the arts threatened. So she turns to her creative side, and with imaginative solutions, proves one girl can make a difference.


Archive year: 2013

In 2012, McKenna Brooks is balancing school and sports as she enters fourth grade. Reading comprehension is a challenge, so she uses her strengths in the gym to succeed in class.


Archive year: 2012

In 2011, Kanani Akina loves welcoming others to the wonders of Hawaii. But when her visiting cousin doesn't feel at home, Kanani must find a way to share the aloha spirit.


Archive year: 2011

In 2010, Lanie Holland loves exploring the outdoors. But her family seems to prefer the indoors—until her aunt comes to stay and helps Lanie find surprises in her own backyard.

Chrissa and her friends Sonali and Gwen

Archive year: 2010

In 2009, Chrissa Maxwell and her friends, Sonali Matthews and Gwen Thompson, stand strong together against bullying and learn to speak out for themselves.


Archive year: 2009

In 2008, Mia St. Clair discovers her passion and talent for figure skating. Working hard and always giving her best, Mia learns to win—and lose—with grace.


Archive year: 2008

In 2007, Nicki Fleming loves to volunteer—including taking on the challenge of training a service dog—and realizes helping others is the greatest gift of all.


Archive year: 2007

In 2006, Jess McConnell gets to pursue her love of exploring. Traveling with her archaeologist parents to Belize, Jess unexpectedly discovers new things about herself.


Archive year: 2006

In 2005, Marisol Luna realizes that she is a born dancer. When her family moves from Chicago to the suburbs, Marisol uses dance to help her persevere in the face of change.


Archive year: 2004

In 2003, Kailey Hopkins learns to speak up for what she believes in. When a development threatens her favorite beach, Kailey works to save the fragile environment she loves.


Archive year: 2002

In 2001, Lindsey Bergman hopes to improve the world. But she always seems to find trouble—until she learns there is more than one way to solve a problem.

Explore our selection of Girl of the Year books and movies ▸