"Gabriela" redirects here. For the doll, see Gabriela McBride (doll).

Gabriela McBride is the fifteenth Girl of the Year released by American Girl. She was released in 2017.

In July 2018, American Girl announced that they would archive Gabriela's entire collection; she and her collection eventually became unavailable for purchase. Gabriela's books remain available for purchase.


Gabriela is a dancer and poet who lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; she is an only child and lives with her parents, along with her cousin Red who is staying with them while his mom is overseas serving in the military.

She has a stutter, and is using spoken word poetry to help with the situation along with speech therapy. She dances tap, hip-hop, and ballet at her community center, Liberty Arts. She loves poetry, and is very good at writing. She later becomes a member of her school's student council in Gabriela Speaks Out. Gabriela often tries to work hard and impress others, though she can be insecure about her stutter. She doesn't like backing down from her beliefs, and tries to speak from the heart.

In Gabriela (book), she is in fifth grade at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School; in both Gabriela Speaks Out and Gabriela: Time for Change, she is in sixth grade at Kelly Middle School.

Her best friend is Teagan, a computer coder, and she is also friends with Isaiah, a Shakespeare lover. She was frequently antagonized by a fellow classmate named Aaliyah, but eventually befriended her by reaching out and telling her that she liked her confidence; the two of them become co-councilors for the sixth grade at school.



The Gabriela McBride doll.

See: Gabriela McBride (doll)


See: Gabriela's Collection

See Also


  • Gabriela is the first Girl of the Year since Kailey Hopkins to explicitly say that the doll was be available past the end of the year the collection was initially released.
  • Gabriela was the first Girl of the Year with a noted disability (McKenna was not specified as disabled).
  • Gabriela was the first Girl of the Year since Kanani Akina to not receive a movie.
  • Gabriela is the first Black Girl of the Year character, and was the first since Marisol Luna to not be of some partial or dominant white background (or at least half white).


  1. Gabriela, pg. 112: "Robert?" Mama said. "We weren't expecting all of you to come by."
    "I know," Daddy said, sounding as excited as a kid himself.
  2. "Gabriela" page 80: "On June 23, 2017, the power failed..."
  3. Gabriela: Time for Change pg. 2 "but there would be another (spoken word competition) for middle school kids in five weeks..." Five weeks from October 7 is November 11.
Girls of the Year

Lindsey Bergman


Kailey Hopkins


Marisol Luna


Jess McConnell


Nicki Fleming


Mia St. Clair


Chrissa Maxwell
with companions
Gwen Thompson and
Sonali Matthews


Lanie Holland


Kanani Akina


McKenna Brooks


Saige Copeland


Isabelle Palmer


Grace Thomas


Lea Clark


Gabriela McBride


Luciana Vega


Blaire Wilson


Joss Kendrick


Kira Bailey

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