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New American Girl Graphic Novel Releasing in 2024: Julie and the Blue Guitar

American Girl is starting a new mystery series in graphic novel form, Mysteries Across Time. The first character to get a mystery is Julie. It is entitled "Julie and the Blue Guitar" and is releasing on June 25, 2024.


"Eleven-year-old Emma Devan can’t wait to exploreher new home of San Francisco, but she’s not surehow to make new friends. Then she discovers anold journal in a local thrift shop—and gets caughtup in a 50-year-old mystery!


As Julie Albright investigates stolen artifacts and works to help animals after a 1977 oil spill, Emma sets out to uncover Julie’s identity. Though half a century separates them, Emma and Julie are united by their shared home, passion for the environment, and a mysterious blue guitar.This new mystery graphic novel from American Girl and IDW weaves together past and present to tell the exciting story of two girls from different times joining forces to help their community/make a better world."

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I personally am not excited to meet a 50 year old Julie who is married with kids. Maybe because I'm Queer and always saw her as my idol. I just don't like this new direction where they want to grow the American Girls up. Just leave something for the imagination.


On the other hand, if this is a time jumping story, I'm all for it because I liked the My Journey books.

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RuthieFairyFan
RuthieFairyFan
Nov 24, 2023

It looks like they really are bringing back the mysteries but in comic book form. I went to Penguin Random House website. Julie and the Blue guitar will be written by Casey Gilly and illustrated by Luna Valentine.

But I’m not quite clear with the plot. Is this Emma character going back in time to 1977? Or is Emma going to stay in 2024 to try to solve the mystery by reading the journal and looking for clues?


This sounds similar to The Silver Guitar which is my most favorite Julie mystery. That mystery also takes place in 1977. I also noticed the synopsis had typos and spelling errors.


Julie is getting her own journal and a mystery comic…

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RuthieFairyFan
RuthieFairyFan
Nov 24, 2023
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If that is the case and Emma is trying to discover Julie’s identity then it is possible we might see an older Julie just like how we’ve seen an adult McKenna in Lila’s stories and a teenage Samantha in the Real Stories from My Time series. This is only my theory.

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Unknown member
Nov 24, 2023

I’m so glad they are releasing books of any kind about the historical characters. I’m really hoping that Claudie will eventually get more books!!

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RuthieFairyFan
RuthieFairyFan
Nov 24, 2023
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I am glad too! 😊 It has been a while since American Girl had some new book series for the historicals. I think maybe Rebecca, Samantha, Felicity, or Maryellen could also be depicted in this book series.

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I knew the mysteries would come back at some point one way or another! But I had no idea it would be like this! I'm definitely checking this out!

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KirstenKitFan
KirstenKitFan
Nov 23, 2023

oooh it's like the mysteries and journey books combined into a comic! i'm so excited to read it! julie sure will be popular next year! ;D

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RuthieFairyFan
RuthieFairyFan
Nov 24, 2023
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You are right. It is really is.

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