The Countdown | T minus 10 and counting—9, 8, 7…

 At 11:59 on December 31, millions of girls around the globe were counting down.  But this wasn’t about the New Year or the ball dropping in Times Square.  These girls were glued to their computer screens or mobile devices, waiting for the American Girl company to release their 2018 Girl of the Year. 

The Rocket Girl

Just as in years past, American Girl delivered as promised. Yet, this Girl of the Year doll is different from any of the other dolls we’ve seen so far.  This doll is special for us at the Rocket City.

Introducing Luciana Vega, the Girl of the Year doll.  Luciana has her eyes on the sky as she looks forward to attending (wait for it!!) Space Camp at Huntsville’s own U.S. Space & Rocket Center

Luciana’s Dream

You probably know that each American Girl doll comes complete with her own unique story.  Luciana is an 11-year-old girl of Hispanic heritage who is determined to be the first astronaut to travel to Mars one day. 

The American Girl company is fantastic about putting an educational spin on their products, and the Luciana line is no exception.  Luciana will provide girls with a fun, imaginative means to explore STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) through creative play.

Luciana's accoutrements include a Mars Habitat, an adorable space outfit, a robotic dog, a telescope, and more (sold separately.) You can buy your own Luciana doll and book at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center gift shop!

Why I Love American Girl Dolls

I’ve got to confess, I’m a huge American Girl doll fan because I’ve never outgrown my love for dolls.  The American Girl dolls all have sweet smiles and gentle, lovable eyes.  The fact that they finally gave Huntsville a nod makes me absolutely giddy. 

Am I going to go out and buy one?You betcha!

By: Stephanie L. Robertson

Stephanie L. Robertson is a writer and editor who maintains a southern lifestyle blog at []. A busy Christian wife and mom, Stephanie and her husband of 19 years live in the Huntsville area with their teenage daughter. Stephanie has a self-published short suspense story on Amazon and is working on adding a novel.  When not immersed in mom/wife life, she enjoys home décor, photography, Pinterest projects, coffee with family and friends, and immersing herself in a good suspense novel.

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