January 2020

January 2, 2020 / Disability and Language - New (Clarification) of Policy
Here at the A*G Wiki, we use the appropriate words for disabilities. Which is, in fact, disability or disabled. One of your admins is disabled. People with disabilities want to be called the terms they choose. Joss - as a character - is disabled. This is an appropriate term to use to discuss Joss; she is partially deaf or hard of hearing, and visibly disabled (as in, her disability is visible, not that she has a lack of visibility).
The term "disabled" is appropriate to use to refer to her as a character and a doll. "Cutesy" or covert language that tries to hide disability does not help people or show the actuality of their needs. Do not use cutesy or fluff language, nor condescending or rude language. This falls under our global rule of bigotry.

"It is okay to use words or phrases such as "disabled," "disability," or "people with disabilities" when talking about disability issues." Respectful Disability Language

This has now been clarified on the wiki under Disability and Language.
Nethilia, The Admin

February 2020

February 29th, 2020 / New Releases for Joss, Moddies, and Historicals
Happy Leap Day! We only get this day every four years so I hope you made it count.
This week, a small release came out with a little bit of everything for every line.
For Historical Characters:
For Joss's Collection:
For Truly Me, two new dolls are out:#86 and 88, the first dolls with brightly colored hair! Also are the following items (no new outfits):
For Bitty Baby:
For the WellieWishers:
I've already had to block-ban someone for using the wrong language for the disabled. Don't line up to be the next person on the ban list for poor behavior.
Nethilia, The Admin

March 2020

March 28th, 2020 / American Girl and Responses to COVID-19/The American Girl Online Library - Week One
A lot has changed in a month due to the worldwide coronavirus/Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Starting March 15, all American Girl Place stores closed. While initially only cited as until at least March 27th, by April 4th American Girl confirmed they will remain closed until further notice.
  • American Girl is continuing to ship items from their warehouses and take online orders. However, their warehouse is in Wisconsin and the state may lock down to non-essential business closures at any given time.
  • Starting near the end of March, American Girl opened the Stay and Play website. This site has tips and activities for at-home fun. This includes free digital copies of various books at American Girl Online Library.. April 1st released digital copies of Nanea: The Spirit of Aloha, the accompanying teacher's guide, and A Smart Girl's Guide: Worry.
We are not a resource for information on health, safety, and/or protection. For that, please look up information through reliable sources, like the US CDC or your local state or national government. Stay home, stay apart from each other, and wash your hands.
Take care of yourselves. It's scary out there.
Nethilia, The Admin, is staying at home.

April 2020

April 10, 2020 / This Week on the American Girl Online Library - Week Two
This week's free books from the American Girl Online Library are Kit: Read All About It!, the accompanying teacher's guide, and A Smart Girl's Guide: Money.
Nethilia, The Admin
April 19, 2020 / This Week (and Last!) on the American Girl Library - Weeks Three and Four / Image Sourcing and Quality and How Failure Can Get You Banned
Last week's free books from the American Girl Online Library are The Feelings Book: The Care and Keeping of Your Emotions and The Care and Keeping of You: The Body Book for Girls.
This week's free books are two Historical Character Mysteries: Samantha's The Curse of Ravenscourt and Felicity's Lady Margaret's Ghost.
All previous books offered are still available on the site at present.

News being stated, we now have to delve into policy. Because people aren't behaving.
I, Admin Nethilia, have been into American Girl in the most technical sense since 1986 when I first saw the ads for the first three in Doll Reader magazine, and part of the fandom since 2005. I know about various websites, including, say, one that is about the History of American Girl that is in my saved bookmarks and compares variants of American Girl illustrations that were changed for Samantha, Addy, Molly, and Felicity.
The scans of said illustrations are easily identifiable from that site. Which means uploading them here after taking them from that site violates our policies against swiping from other sites.
This Wiki's been around for over a decade. You would think by now the fact the images aren't up here would clue editors into the fact that this must not have been done for a good reason.
If I or any other admin cannot reliably trust any of your illustration image sources, we will go through and purge them all from the wiki files. Which wastes our time and yours. And then block the offender to make sure we don't have to deal with this again.
Good Article Images and You! states that improper images will be removed upon discovery and result in bans. I must not have been clear enough. Let me be explicit.
Bans for uploading images that are sourced to other sites starts at a month and can be extended to upwards of a year. They can even become indefinite--aka a permanent block--if you've done this before and/or we have to waste long spans of time to remove the offending images from both articles and the file database.
If you can't scan images from the books yourself, then you can wait until someone can. No images at all actually is preferred to blatant image theft.
Nethilia (Stay at Home, wash your hands for at least twenty seconds with soap and water, and wear your face masks if you can't be socially distant)

April 24, 2020 / This Week on the American Girl Library - Week Five
This week's free books from the American Girl Online Library are Melody: No Ordinary Sound, the accompanying teacher's guide, and A Smart Girl's Guide: Understanding Families.
The books from Week 1 have now been taken down and no longer available in the library, indicating books will be available for four weeks. The full series will run ten weeks.
Nethilia, The Admin

May 2020

May 3, 2020 / This Week on the American Girl Library - Week Six
This week's free books from the American Girl Online Library are Joss, Josefina: Sunlight and Shadows, the accompanying teacher's guide, and Your Happiest You.
The books from Week 1 have been put back on the site; it seems the removal was a mistake.
Nethilia, The Admin
May 9, 2020 / This Week on the American Girl Library - Week Seven
This week's free books from the American Girl Online Library are Kaya: The Journey Begins, the accompanying teacher's guide, Smart Girl's Guide: Digital World, and Spark: A Guide to Ignite the Creativity Inside You.
Nethilia, The Admin
May 14, 2020 / New Release - Cute At Heart and Travel
A new release focused on Truly Me has come out. It's focused on summer travel and trips, showing that the best-laid schemes o' dolls an' brands gang aft agley. Well, we can dream of future travel with:
Also, the price of AG dolls has returned to the $110 cost.
Nethilia, The Admin, will likely not travel this summer
May 16, 2020 / This Week on the American Girl Library - Week Eight
This week's free books from the American Girl Online Library are two Historical Character Mysteries: Nanea's The Legend of the Shark Goddess and Kit's Menace at Mammoth Cave.
Nethilia, The Admin
May 19, 2020 / Limited Reopenings
American Girl Place Dallas and Nashville locations have reopened, with limitations such as closed fitting rooms and requiring face masks if required by locale. Learn more at Frequently Asked Questions on the website.
Nethilia, The Admin
May 19, 2020 / MCM Sale to be Reconfigured due to Covid-19 Pandemic
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the American Girl Benefit Sale will be transitioning this year to online sales. (This is with permission from American Girl, as typically MCM does not sell online to avoid competing with American Girl. But nothing is typical right now.) They have a currently active survey on their Facebook page asking for opinions on how to facilitate an online sale, including possibilities for pick ups and shipping. No further information is available at this time.
Nethilia, The Admin
May 22, 2020 / This Week on the American Girl Library - Week Nine
This week's free books from the American Girl Online Library are Maryellen: The One and Only, the accompanying teacher's guide, and A Smart Girl's Guide: Liking Herself.
Nethilia, The Admin

June 2020

June 1, 2020 / This Week on the American Girl Library - Week Ten; The Thank You Heroes Scrubs and "Heroes With Heart" Contest
This week's free books from the American Girl Online Library are Julie: The Big Break, the accompanying teacher's guide, and Stand Up for Yourself and Your Friends.
Starting today, American Girl will be taking preorders for the Thank You Heroes Scrubs, which will be released in August; furthermore, for every outfit sold, American Girl will donate a doll craft activity book (totaling up to $135,000 in retail value), to the First Responders Children's Foundation, an organization which benefits the children of first responders and has expanded to include the children of those leading the fight against COVID-19.
Starting June 8th, American Girl will launch the "Heroes With Heart" Contest, asking children with the help of their parents to nominate a hero who has made a difference during the pandemic (such as medical professionals, essential retail workers, delivery drivers, etc.) American Girl will select five Grand Prize winners; the nominator will receive a $200 American Girl gift card while the honoree will receive a custom doll and outfit in their likeness. More details will be released on the 8th.
Nethilia, The Admin
June 2, 2020 / Team USA Gear / Store Reopenings
While the 2020 Olympics have been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, Team USA is still being promoted. The following is now available:
These can be purchased by AG Rewards members only until June 4th, when they will be available to everyone.

American Girl Place Houston, Charlotte, and Orlando have reopened with limitations. Learn more at Frequently Asked Questions on the website.
Nethilia, The Admin
June 3, 2020 / Two New Books in the Smart Girl's Series
Two new books are to be released this fall in the Smart Girl's Guides series, as spotted on Amazon:
Nethilia, The Admin
June 6, 2020 / This Week on the American Girl Library - Week Eleven
The American Girl Online Library has extended two additional weeks. This week's free book is Luciana.
Nethilia, The Admin
June 8, 2020 / Changes to the MCM Sale for 2020
The Madison Children's Museum has released data via e-mail about the logistics of this year's American Girl Benefit Sale, and the changes that are being made due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • The sale will be online only, as was expected.
  • Orders can be placed on Saturday, July 25 and Sunday, July 26. This is a change from the original July 11-12 dates, to give time to facilitate the online system.
  • Access to shopping online will be in the same order and weekend day as ticketed entry times. Quantity limits will be in effect, just as at the physical sale, by ticket. A ticket allows one online purchase of a shopping cart of goods, honoring all quantity limits. A second ticket allows another online purchase, with refreshed quantity limits, and so on.
  • As with previous sales, on Sunday there will be additional markdowns and limit changes.
  • All orders will be shipped to the purchaser. Curbside pickup options will not be available. Shipping costs will be calculated during checkout and included in the purchase total at the time of checkout. While MCM is negotiating the best possible deals for shipping, buyers should expect shipping charges similar to standard shipping of items through the post office or UPS store.
  • MCM has decided that no additional tickets will be offered for this year's benefit sale.
  • Dolls and Friends Pajama Party kits will be available in limited quantities. Each kit will include a Bitty Baby doll, special craft project supplies, and an invitation to participate in an exclusive online video party in the fall; exact date(s) will be listed.
Due to the multiple logistic changes, MCM for this year is changing the longstanding refund policy and will offer refunds to current ticket holders. Requests for refunds must be made by the 15th of June. Alternatively--since this is a benefit sale for charity--there will also be an option to donate any unneeded ticket(s) to the cause. People may also transfer their tickets to others.
Full information can be read online at the official website.
Nethilia, The Admin
June 13, 2020 / This Week on the American Girl Library - Week Twelve
This week's free books from the American Girl Online Library are Rebecca: The Sound of Applause, the accompanying teacher's guide, and A Smart Girl's Guide: Knowing What to Say.
As American Girl has stated they would do twelve total weeks, it is unknown if more books will be available after this week.
Nethilia, The Admin

June 14, 2020 / American Girl, the Mattel Play Fair Initiative and the Black Lives Matter Movement
in the wake of the Black Lives Matter activity in 2020--a international human rights movement founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin's murderer and amplified in 2020 by the death of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer and the following nation- and worldwide protests--Mattel and its subsidiaries have, like many companies and businesses, spoken out about the movement and recognized their shortcomings in representation and black support in the Mattel Play Fair Initiative. This has been specifically noted in relation to American Girl on their Instagram account and Facebook account, as well as on the corporate site. Specifics noted across the company:
  • Increasing efforts to build a workforce that reflects the diversity of our community, focusing on the development and recruitment of Black talent.
  • Investment in the next generation of the Black community with intention, by providing access and opportunities.
  • Offering products, content and experiences built on the foundation of diversity, ensuring that the stories of the Black community are seen and heard.
  • Mattel is donating $250,000 to NAACP youth programs and going forward will donate proceeds from future product sales and initiatives of at least $250,000 to fund educational programs focused on supporting Black girls.
  • Specific to American Girl, representatives have stated that they will not be retiring the Addy doll nor her mold, both of which have been lessened in promotions and product in recent years.
Nethilia, The Admin
June 19, 2020 / Buy Two Books, Get One Free
Starting June 4th and through September 7th, select books are Buy Two Get One Free with code BOOK20 at American Girl stores and online (excluding the American Girl Outlet Store and Canadian retail outlets). Last Chance items and Smart Girl's Guides branded kits are excluded from this offer.
Nethilia, The Admin
June 22, 2020 / Reopened Stores and Create Your Own Delays
The following American Girl Place stores are currently open: Seattle, Charlotte, Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Nashville, Orlando, San Fransisco, and Washington D.C.
Stores may have shorter hours, limited bistros, and limited doll salons. Stores with bistros have switched to disposable menus and have temporarily removed loaner dolls from our cafés and party rooms. Chicago offers curbside pickup (as does New York, though the store itself is not open). At several locations face coverings are required due to local guidelines, and all fitting rooms are closed at this time.
Please check American Girl's FAQ for all regulations, and continue to practice safe social distancing.
Also note that delivery time for Create Your Own dolls and outfits has been extended to approximately ten weeks from the order date due to the pandemic.
Nethilia, The Admin
June 23, 2020 / American Girl's Statement of Commitment to Racial Equality
American Girl has made an official statement of Commitment to Racial Equality on their Instagram account, Twitter accountand Facebook page. ETA: The commitment is now on the website at Our Commitment to Racial Equality.

The company has stated they will accelerate their progress in stories and characters that represent the black community and other communities of color and diversity. Some specifics include:

  • The launch of What It Means to Be an American Girl Today, a series of virtual and in-person discussions about race and diversity. Initial discussion will be led by writers of the Black stories on the line (e.g. Connie Porter, Denise Lewis Patrick) and experts, and help the company listen to the voices of the community.
  • Starting July 1st, all the stories about the Black characters will be added to the Online Library as free downloads. AG is also making a commitment to launch more fiction and non fiction books about topics of racial equality and justice.
  • Bringing more black voices into their discussions and advice on creation including consultants, influencers, parents, and children.
  • The planning and release of a new Black Contemporary character (likely a Girl of the Year) and other contemporary characters of color.
  • The donation of a minimum of $50,000 worth of books to libraries focusing on the stories of Kaya, Addy, Josefina, Rebecca (who is a character of religious diversity but not of color), Nanea, and Melody.
Nethilia, The Admin, who if you didn't know by now, is Black
June 24, 2020 / New Truly Me and Joss Release
New items have released for all the modern lines.
For Joss's Collection:
For Truly Me there are three new dolls--Just Like You 83, Just Like You 84, and Just Like You 85--filling out the remaining numbering gaps. There are also new meet outfits, the Sparkle and Shine Outfit and the Casual and Cool Outfit, with matching accessories. Other items for the line:
For WellieWishers:
For Bitty Baby:
Nethilia, The Admin
June 29, 2020 / Reclosed Stores
Due to a massive spike in cases in Harris County, American Girl Place Houston is closed again. Other stores may close.
Nethilia, The Admin (wear a mask and show you care)

July 2020

July 1, 2020 / Black Stories for Free by American Girl

American Girl has launched the Commitment to Racial Equality Online Library. The following books and videos are now available for free download and watching:

For Melody Ellison: (Civil Rights, 1964)
For Cécile Rey (with Marie-Grace Gardner): New Orleans, 1853
For Addy Walker: Civil War, 1864
For General:
  • Perspective video with Denise Lewis Patrick
The website states information that Gabriela McBride's first book, Gabriela will later be available.
The prior digital books from the Digital Library are no longer linked directly from the website.
Nethilia, The Admin
July 10, 2020 / More Black Stories for Free by American Girl
American Girl has recently released all of Gabriela McBride's books on their Commitment to Racial Equality Online Library, as well as two of the A Girl Named books. The following is now available:
Nethilia, The Admin
July 15, 2020 / Three Stores to Permanently Close; At Home Celebrations Available
American Girl has announced that three American Girl Place stores will be closing: American Girl Denver, Atlanta, and Kansas City. Due to the pandemic closings, this means the locations will not be reopening. (Source: Colorado’s only American Girl store is closing after ten years)
Retail locations are now offering at-home celebration kits. For $20 per guest (for two to twenty guests), purchasers receive a cake to go; digital invitations; themed goody bags, crafts, and doll crown, cup and saucer for each guest; and birthday crown and gift for the child. Purchasers set a pickup time and date. At the time of this news, this is available from the Charlotte, Chicago, Columbus, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York, Orlando, Seattle and Washington D.C. locations.
Nethilia, The Admin
July 20, 2020 / Addy Original Format books on Racial Equality Online Library
American Girl has recently released all of Addy Walker's Central Series books on their Commitment to Racial Equality Online Library, in the non-abridged six separate volumes. (These are the 2004 style covers and layouts.) The following is now available:
Nethilia, The Admin
July 25, 2020 / Cute At Heart Collection
Until September 15, 2020, the Cute at Heart collection for dolls and children can be purchased at discount. With the purchase of at least five pieces, 10% is taken off; at least ten, 15% off; and if all fifteen components (including children's matching items) are purchased together, 20% is taken off. These items consist of:
Nethilia, The Admin

August 2020

August 14, 2020 / Backpack Set and Thank You Heroes Scrubs
A new item has come out, the American Girl Backpack Set.
Additionally the Thank You Heroes Scrubs are now available for general purchase.
Nethilia, The Admin

September 2020

September 6th, 2020 / Official Information on the Upcoming Historical Character, Courtney

Welcome, Courtney Moore!

Source: First Book, Courtney Changes the Game, listed on Target Website. Accessed 8/6/2020.
Official news has come out about the upcoming newest Historical Character to be released: Courtney Moore. Courtney will be representing the 1980s, with her books starting in 1986. (In a way, AG has come full circle!) From the cover, we can tell she is white and appears to have an interest in video games. The website listing shows an early October release. No information other than her first book has been released officially.
Yes, officially. This is a reminder, as must be done with all new product and people getting hype and forgetting themselves. Until official images and details are released of anything--dolls, other books, accessories, collections--they are not to be uploaded here or even discussed. Leaked images from a Facebook group that were uploaded to a YouTube page and then screenshot and posted on Instagram? Not official. Blocks will come with mega swiftness.
ETA, 9/10/20: America Girl has put up a preview site stating Courtney's release to be 9/15/20.
Nethilia, A Child of the 1980s
September 9th, 2020 / Free Joss's Cheer Team Jacket With Purchase of Doll
From today until September 14th, AG Rewards members purchasing any 18" doll (other than a Create Your Own) can receive Joss's Cheer Team Jacket for free.
Nethilia, The Admin
September 14, 2020 / Admin and Templates
A long standing policy has had to be outwardly stated because of people misbehaving: Admin and Templates.
Templates are backend coding used across the wiki for article layouts, notes at tops and bottoms, quick categories, and a myriad of other needs that make it so information can be put down with short code rather than a full typing of data every time. Editing a template edits it across every article it is on. This makes them highly sensitive and so they are tightly regulated by Admin and Content Moderators only.
So the policy is short and simple. Do not edit templates unless you are admin or content moderator. Typos and small mistakes are fine. Any other changes whatsoever are not in the realm to touch or anyone else's call to make. Deleting, editing, modifying, or otherwise messing with any template will result in an immediate one month ban, with subsequent violations escalating up to a permanent ban.
Nethilia, The Admin
September 15, 2020 / It's Totally Courtney! And Moore!
(I'll make all the bad puns I want.)
American Girl's newest Historical Character, Courtney Moore, was totally worth the wait! She launches as Player One with a dibbly fresh mix and match collection:
To celebrate the launch, American Girl has partnered with Girls Who Code. Through December 31, American Girl will match customer donations of $1, 5, or $ 10 to a maximum of $50,000 to support the organization, including outreach to children from historically underrepresented minority groups. They will also be providing a $5,000 scholarship to four Girls Who Code members to help further their education in computer science or a related field. A second book has been mentioned in press release but has not been titled or revealed yet. (Guess we really are doing it 80s style!)
But that's not all! Newly enrolled AG Rewards Members will earn three times the AG Rewards points on an order from American Girl through September 24, 2020. Through November 30, 2020, purchasers will receive a free limited edition poster of all the available Historical Characters and the most recent three Girls of the Year with any 18" doll purchase.
It's absolutely heinous to put up bad articles. So don't do it. Or I'll unplug the arcade cabinet and you'll lose your quarter.
Nethilia, The Admin, Knows that Sheep are In
September 19, 2020 / A New Line, and New Characters
Lost in the hoopla of Courtney's release was American Girl's tweet about a new product line featuring a contemporary Black character, as well other contemporary characters of color, to debut in late autumn 2021.
Because sometimes we just can't beat a dead horse enough times, this wiki is a no-speculation zone.
AkaiKaze, the Other Admin
September 21, 2020 / 2X Points With Rewards Certificate
AG Rewards Members who make a purchase from now until September 30th using a rewards certificate on the purchase will earn twice the AG Rewards points (minus whatever portion is covered by the certificate).
Nethilia, The Admin
September 22, 2020 / Scottsdale Location Closed / New Nutcracker Collection Outfits

New LE Nutcracker Sets!

Bad News First: With no prior news, the American Girl Place Scottsdale location has been removed from the list of American Girl Place retail locations. Unlike other locations, it did not reopen after the March shutdowns. The location appears to be permanently closed. ETA: It has been confirmed by American Girl that Scottsdale is now permanently closed.
Good News Second: New outfits for the limited edition Nutcracker collection have released: The Nutcracker Sugar Plum Fairy Outfit and the Nutcracker Mouse King and Land of the Sweets Outfit Set. Early access is limited to AG Rewards members at the Gold and Berry Levels until Sept 28th.
Nethilia, The Admin

October 2020

October 1, 2020 / American Girl Holiday Release
The last release of the year with the holiday wear is now out, including a new Mix and Match for moderns. There is also a widespread limited Edition Nutcracker Sugar Plum Fairy Doll, the second after last's year's extremely limited American Girl Holiday Collector Doll (but the first widespread).
For Historical Characters:
For Truly Me and children:

For WellieWishers:

For Bitty Baby:
Bad edits on new items will get you coal for Giftmas. And a block.
Nethilia, The Admin
October 19, 2020 / Costco Bundles
The following sets are available at Costco warehouse stores and online for the holiday season:
  • S'more Fun Camping Set for $69.99: Doll sized camping tent, sleeping bag, campfire, campfire pie, s'more, s'more stick, and two plates
  • Bitty Baby Doll and Carrier Set for $79.99: choice of select Bitty Baby doll, travel seat, pink blanket, pink bodysuit, pair of shoes, and baby bottle. Also available online.
Also as online exclusives are the following:
  • American Girl Truly Me Doll and Hairstyling Bundles. for $119.99 These consist of one of various Truly Me dolls, (22, 28, 26, 31, 47, 58, or 59) in the Lilac Dress meet outfit with accessories from the Truly Me set and a copy of the Doll Hair activity book.
  • Bitty Baby Doll and Accessories Set for $84.99: choice of Bitty Baby Doll with bodysuit, quilted baby bag, sleeper, two-piece outfit, cloth headband, baby bottle, two cloth diapers, and socks.
A Costco membership is required to access these benefits and are available while supplies last.
Nethilia, The Admin
October 30, 2020 / Hospital Add Ons

Get-Well Gifts!

There are two new "get well" add-ons themed for dolls sent in to the American Girl Hospital:
They must be purchased separately from the website, rather than added on during admittance.
ETA, 2/4/2021: Hospital forms show that these can in fact be added on with a hospital admittance.
Nethilia, The Admin

November 2020

November 17, 2020 / 2020 Limited Edition Dolls For Charity

Limited Edition Couture Dolls for Charity

This year, American Girl has again partnered with Swarovski to release three different one-of-a-kind Limited Edition collector dolls as the American Girl Swarovski Crystals Couture for a Cause collection: the Sweet as a Rose Collector Doll, Fuchsia Feathers Collector Doll, and Boho Chic Collector Doll. According to advertising, each unique outfit took multiple hours to design and create and was completely hand-embellished by Swarovski couturiers.
The auctions are being hosted through Bidding for Good with all proceeds to go to First Responders Children's Foundation (minus auction host fee of $600 and an amount equal to 5% of the final bid price). Auctions will run from November 17th through the 25th and began at $5000. Mattel and American Girl are also donating "more than $1,000,000 in retail value of toys to the foundation's Toy Express program" including 18" dolls and other popular Mattel products from Hot Wheels, Barbie and Mega Bloks. The toys will be distributed to thousands of first responder families nationwide through the end of the year.
The video can be seen here: American Girl Swarovski Crystals Couture for a Cause
The press release can be read here: American Girl® to Auction Off Three One-of-a-Kind Collector Dolls Made With Thousands of Swarovski® Crystals
Nethilia, The Admin
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