This book is the first in a new American Girl series. It is the story of Marie-Grace and Cecile. They are two very different girls growing up in New Orleans in 1853. Marie-Grace is just moving back to the city after leaving it at a young age. Her father is a doctor. She is not used to the culture that is New Orleans. Cecile is a free African-American wealthy girl who has lived in New Orleans her whole life. This specific book talks about Marie-Grace moving to New Orleans, the girls meeting, and a bit about Mardi Gras. The rest of the series will go into the Yellow Fever outbreak in the city, but it isn't mentioned in this book.
Thankfully for many little girls, this one is similar to all of the other American Girl collections in the way it is written and the historical fiction. The story is great for young readers, about 3rd grade. It shows girls growing up in a different time, and the girls are strong and independent. At the end of the book there is a history section, but most things learned back there can be picked up just by reading the story.
There are also a lot of ways that this series is going to be different from the others. First, it has 2 main girls. Most of the collections focus on one girl, even if one of that girl's friends has some books as well. In this one, there is no main character. Marie-Grace has 3 books and Cecile has 3 books. Also, this collection focuses on one specific event in history. The other collections focus on a time period. Here, it is all about the Yellow Fever, a very specific time. I have no problem with this as it is still educational. I only wish they didn't retire some other girls that told about a whole era as they seem more important educationally.
Overall I am sure any fan of the American Girl books will like these books just as well as the others, and this book did a good job of introducing the girls.