*Closed*McKenna Brooks: American Girl Doll of the Year 2012 #Giveaway #Win

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Come January 1, 2012, American Girl fans everywhere will be able to meet McKennaTM Brooks, at 10 year old gymnast who struggles with a balance between- well, the balance beam, and her schoolwork.  The Girl of the Year® McKenna doll, books and accessories will only be available until the end of 2012.  This is very smart timing for American Girl, given that 2012 is a Summer Olympics year and that should generate even more interest in yet another gorgeous doll friend from AG.

McKenna, aged 10, finds herself falling behind with her reading comprehension and discovering more talents and strengths in herself that she didn’t know she had.   She gets hurt and ends up in a cast- and has to work even harder, and learns some great life lessons along the way.

McKenna was introduced to us a few weeks ago, when a surprise package showed up with a copy of McKenna and Take the Challenge: Crazy Challenges and Silly Thrills to Explore Your Talents and Everyday Skills.

My daughter tore through McKenna (penned by Mary Casanova) in one sitting (she seems to have my love of reading) and has asked me at least 2 dozen times when I’ll find a copy of McKenna, Ready to Fly! for her to read.  The Take the Challenge book has been a lot of fun- for both of us- and I’m still (and likely always will be) the reining champ of doing things with my feet and toes in my house.  We haven’t gone through the entire book of challenges but I love the huge range of challenges, from the super silly to more serious, and, most importantly, the kids will too!!

To our delight, McKenna herself arrived at our house on Friday afternoon, and with some quick juggling, we decided that this would be a wonderful surprise for our oldest for Christmas.  We actually sent her home with my niece for the big S to leave under my sister’s tree, to be found with a few things for her siblings Christmas night.  My Busy girl knows that McKenna isn’t “here” yet and was beyond excited that she got to meet her before anyone else. McKenna is beautifully constructed, just like all of the American Girl products.  These dolls are not inexpensive by any means, but they are very well constructed and built with care and quality in both materials and craftsmanship.  I wish I had a photo, my niece E has three AG dolls from when she was younger (she’s 18 now) and got them all out to play with my girls, who had a Just Like Me Doll and a Bitty Twin with them at my sisters.   They are all made so well!!

I have to say that while I enjoy McKenna’s story, and her fun color scheme collection, I think my favorite feature is her hair.  She’s got some gorgeous hair coloring, and amazing highlights.  Plus, her hair is like cornsilk.  I don’t know what it is about her hair, but I am in awe.  I love it.  Love it so much I’d bring her to my stylist to ask for it replicated on me!!

McKenna’s Take the Challenge isn’t just in the book. Girls can also participate in the challenge at www.americangirl.com/girloftheyear.  When they complete the quiz, girls discover their top three strengths from 8 categories.  After completing 10 offline challenges that go along with the categories, girls receive a trophy.  For each trophy earned, American Girl will donate 25 cents to Save the Children‘s US Literacy Program (up to $50,000).

There will be a movie based on McKenna’s stories premiering on DVD from Universal Studios Home Entertainment in 2012, as well.  I can’t wait to watch it!! (I haven’t any time frame on that, just that it will premiere and has been at least partially cast).

One of my readers will win a paperback copy of McKenna!

I received a sample of this product to facilitate my review.  Opinions are my own.

 

 

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151 comments… add one

  • i wonder who one i lost i think so did my sis?(

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  • i love her once i started gymnastics she came out and i was crying for half a month cause i wanted her waaa i want her boo hoo

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  • if anyone has a Mckenna ag doll sell it on ebay so i can get it cheap remember i have $29 dollars im nine years old plz sell one on ebay

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  • i really want a ag doll i only have $29 dollars ebay doent give me cheap ag dolls i bid alot on her but i lose

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  • I love Kanani.

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  • I like the new dress Mckenna has.

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  • My favorite doll is Kanani .She was the doll of the year last year.I own her.

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    • Sydney, this giveaway is long since closed. Just want to be sure you know!

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  • mcenna is a great doll of the year. she is a great.

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    • You spelled Mckenna wrong.

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      • Nope. :o)

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  • I would be screaming if i got American girl doll Mckenna!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • me to!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • I want American girl doll Mckenna so bad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • i have the american girl doll mckeena

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  • we Love Rebecca in our house:)

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  • my favorite girl is mkenna 2012

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    • my fave is mkcenna 2012

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  • My fave is Nicki

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  • I like Nicki because she looks so much like my daughter…

    But I have to say, my heart still belongs to Molly (one of the originals) who my daughter now has – handed down from me…

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  • My daughter likes Kit

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  • We love Kit!

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  • My favorite doll is one of my JLY dolls with the red hair, green eyes, and freckles. my favorite GOTYs are Marisol and Nicki

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  • My daughter’s favorite girl to date is Kannani

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  • We like Rebecca and Kit in our house.

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  • Don’t have a favorite. i love them all

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  • i dont know all of the dolls but my niece colects them

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  • we like lanie

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  • Love the Julie Allbright, so pretty,
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  • We like Molly in my house!

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  • Love Nicki!

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  • Lanie

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  • I like this one. My daughter got one for Christmas, but she calls her Lilly.

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  • Kanya.

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  • My favorite is Lanie as she looks like my daughter and she was born in the same year!

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  • Nicki. But this one really sounds great!

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  • Lanie

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  • My favorite is Marisol.

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    • Who is that?

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  • We like the Julie’s 2-in-1 Summer Outfit & Roller Skates.
    Thanks for the chance!

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  • I am very excited to meet McKenna Brooks,

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  • granddaughter would love this

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  • I love Marie-Grace just cause the look of the doll reminds me of my daughter.

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  • Lanie was a very sweet girl of the year.

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  • I suppose McKenna bc I really haven’t paid attention until now!

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  • My daughter is so excited about the new doll! Her name is McKenna and she is also 10 yrs old.

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