5 Fierce Facts About Melody Ellison
American Girl recently revealed the next historical girl in their BeForever Collection. She’s a 9 year old girl named Melody Ellison and her story takes place in 1964, where she’ll teach us all about Motown music, life in Detroit, and the importance of the Civil Rights Movement. Check out Melody’s introduction video, where you can learn a little more about her story.
5 Fierce Facts about Melody Ellison:
1. Melody Ellison is the newest addition to the BeForever line. She is the 3rd African American character in American Girl’s historical collection. She is 9 years old and living in Detroit with her family during the civil rights movement in the mid-1960’s. Melody is the youngest in her family, with 2 older sisters (Yvonne and Lila) and an older brother (Dwayne).
2. Melody’s doll won’t be released until later this Summer, but if you want to get to know her and her story, the first book in her collection, “No Ordinary Sound”, is already available. Her doll has some seriously adorable 60’s style clothes, and you can even get a recording studio for your doll to lay down some sweet tunes!
3. “No Ordinary Sound” introduces us to Melody and her family for the very first time. The story follows Melody as she gets her very first solo at her church youth group and finds inspiration in her brother and from Dr. King to dream big, sing loud, and be the girl she was destined to be. Her other two books “Never Stop Singing” and “Music in My Heart” releasing this summer and are by Denise Lewis Patrick and Erin Falligant. “Music in My Heart” is a “My Journey” novel, which is similar to a Choose Your Own Adventure book, where you get to help Melody decide what happens next in the story.
4. Melody loves singing and gardening. She loves to perform in church, with her family, and in her community. Her entire family is involved in music. She has two nicknames. Most of her family calls her “Dee Dee” and her Grandmother calls her “Baby Chick”.
5. Melody’s story takes place during two extremely important events in African American history. The rise of Motown style music, and of course, the Civil Rights Movement. It was a life altering, history changing time of hope, positivity, and change for these people who were otherwise treated extremely poorly. Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Melody has a dream of her own: to lift her voice for fairness and equality. She uses her unique voice to inspire change.
We’re so excited for the release of Melody and can’t wait to see her introduced to the world this Summer. Fingers crossed she gets some YouTube shorts or a movie, because her story is an exceptionally important time in American history!