The American Girl Company does a great job with all of their products, historical characters and their annual Girl of the Year. For 2013, readers are introduced to Saige Copeland, an art and horse enthusiast living in New Mexico who enters the fourth grade only to learn that her school has cut its art program and that she and her best friend Tessa have grown apart.
To make matters worse, when her grandmother and art mentor Mimi breaks her leg and has to live in a rehab facility until she heals. Without her energetic grandmother by her side, will Saige have the stamina to ride Picasso in the parade and still fight for an after school arts program?
Though Saige is not my favorite AG Girl of the Year, I know she will be a big hit with girls who dream of riding horses all day or who love to create art and affect change in their communities. This is one thing AG does better than anyone else: showing young girls that they are never too young to do big things! If you are not sure your young reader will love the story line or is not addicted to AG stories yet, Borrow It from the library and give it a whirl. Find out where your young lady’s passion is and help her foster that interest in new and exciting ways!