We have been hearing the buzz about the new American Girl historical character (BeForever) Maryellen Larkin for quite some time, but she is finally here! Maryellen, a girl from Daytona Beach, FL in the 1950’s, is trying to find her own individuality in a society where conformity is still the norm.

American Girl Maryellen Larkin

This is the stock photo of Maryellen and her book, The One and Only Maryellen, by Valerie Tripp. The PR firm working with American Girl on this release contacted me and provided me with these images to use. While Maryellen made an early debut in conjunction with the Scottsdale, AZ store Grand Opening last weekend, she will not be available in the remaining American Girl stores until Thursday, August 27. Are you going to her debut?

Maryellen Jukebox Doll Set

From August 27-30, Maryellen events will be taking place at the various American Girl stores with ’50s-themed crafts and a diner backdrop—perfect for taking retro photos. According to the email I received, girls are encouraged to come to the store wearing 1950s-style outfits to really take on the theme and will receive a free gift (while supplies last). 

Maryellen’s big item is her Seaside Diner which has 30-pieces. Her jukebox connects to an iPad and plays music, too. I am loving the colors in the Seaside Diner!!

Maryellen Bed & TV Console

Now, I am just loving the pullout couch and the pillows! So cute. Her entertainment set comes complete with a record play and a black and white TV. 

Maryellen Diner

I can’t wait to get a closer look at her diner and the food sets that come with it. And those saddle shoes – adorable!

The One & Only Maryellen

The One and Only: A Maryellen Classic Volume 1 : (Valerie Tripp) Maryellen Larkin is nine years old and longs to stand out, but in a family with five brother and sisters it’s easy to get lost in the shuffle! A painting mishap gains her some attention, but not the kind she’s been longing for. Being invited to stay in at recess and practice her handwriting earns Maryellen a new friend, but what does that mean for her old friendships? Then, Maryellen is wishing for a white Christmas like the ones in the movies (not very likely in Florida!). Will she find a way to make her dream come true?

Taking Off


Taking Off: A Maryellen Classic Volume 2 (Valerie Tripp) Turning ten is a big deal, and Maryellen Larkin wants to celebrate it in a very special way. Will she choose a western theme or decide on a superstar celebration, or will the event turn out to be something even Maryellen doesn’t expect? And which party participant surprises her the most? Then, Dad comes home with a silver surprise and big plans for a family vacation. On the trip, what will Maryellen discover about Joan and her wedding plans? What will Maryellen decide about her own plans and “flying high?”

The Sky's the Limit!

The Sky’s the Limit: My Journey with Maryellen (Valerie Tripp) What if you suddenly found yourself in Maryellen’s world during the 1950s? How would your life be changed, what would you do to fit in—and, more importantly, what would you do to stand out? Join Maryellen on an adventure where the two of you can put on poodle skirts and head to a school dance (they were called sock hops back then!), enter a contest, or take a trip in a streamlined silver camper that looks like a rocket ship! Your journey back in time can take whatever twists and turns you choose, as you select from a variety of exciting options in this multiple-ending story.


I am looking forward to seeing the entire Maryellen collection for myself this weekend. We are not going up for the debut on Thursday but will stop in either Saturday or Sunday to check it all out and who knows, maybe Maryellen will make her way home with us. 

What are your thoughts on her story and collection so far?