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American Girl: Girl of the Year 2017: Gabriela


Get to know American Girl's 2017 Girl of the Year, Gabriela McBride, in this first book in her series as she's a true talent who gets creative for a cause!

Meet Gabriela McBride, American Girl’s 2017 Girl of the Year!

Gabby loves expressing herself–especially in the dance studio–but lately, poetry is becoming her art form of choice, and for good reason: Gabby struggles with stuttering, and spoken word poetry helps her speech flow more freely. Still, compared to how confident she feels on the dance floor, speaking up can be scary. When the city threatens to close her beloved community arts center, Gabby is determined to find a way to help. Can she harness the power of her words and rally her community to save Liberty Arts?

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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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