The first book cover of GOTY 2017 Gabriela McBride, has been leaked!!
Thank you so much, @alexandradperreault, for the photo!
It turns out that Gabriela is the name of the new GOTY, and she is indeed an African-American!! We also see her meet outfit which will consist of a pink headband, a blue tank, purple long-sleeved crop top, and along with pants/leggings and shoes.
The doll is supposed to look the same as or similar to Truly Me #46, or Jamie. The cover illustration shows Gabriela having thicker eyebrows. I wonder if this will be a unique feature on the Gabriela doll.
UPDATE: Here is Gabriela’s book description:
“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?”
I am disapointed, to say the least. This is basically just a modifited version of Saige’s story along with a few touches of Isabelle’s. I had hoped for a unique and different story. :( But I do love the fact that she has problems with stuttering. I think that is a real problem that probably many girls can relate to – along with other disabilities. :)
I feel as if this cover is different than most of the other GOTY’s. The illustration style is more decorative, rather than realistic like Lea’s, Grace’s and Isabelle’s book covers. Perhaps this is because the publishing is now being taken over by Scholastic.
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What do you guys think of Gabriela and this new book cover?
– American Girl Doll Artist