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American Girl: Girl of the Year 2017: Gabriela

Gabriela Speaks Out

American Girl's 2017 Girl of the Year, Gabriela, starts middle school in this second book in her series!

Gabriela’s second novel picks up where her first left off. Her BFF may be going to another school, but Gabby is determined to make sixth grade the best year ever! She’s even ready to stand up to confident and intimidating Aaliyah Reade-Johnson if she makes fun of Gabby for her stutter. What she isn’t ready for is Sixth Grade Initiation–a series of pranks the older kids play on the sixth graders. Gabby could stop the tradition if she wins the school election . . . but Aaliyah is running, too, which means Gabby’s chances for victory are slim. Can Gabby find the courage to stand on her own, speak out for change, and do what seems impossible?

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World rights: Scholastic (American Girl series: April 2017)

The Author

Teresa E. Harris

Teresa E. Harris (she/her) earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Columbia University and an MFA in Writing for Children from Vermont College, where she won numerous awards, including the Flying Pig Grade-A, Number-One Ham Humor Award. She is the author of the picture book Summer Jackson: Grown Up, several American Girl books, and the middle grade novel The Perfect Place, which was selected as one of Bank Street’s Best Children’s Books of the Year in 2015 and about which Jacqueline Woodson said, “What an amazing debut! I loved it.” 

Teresa once worked in children’s publishing, but took a publishing hiatus to focus on her work as a high school English teacher in New Jersey. She now spends most of her time grading papers, hanging out with her two cats Baxter and Nox, and building new–and familiar–worlds with her words.

Teresa is represented by Chelsea Eberly.

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