American Girl has released an amazing new film on Amazon Prime, just in time for summer camp. In the new special, friends Z (Zoe Manarel, The Nightingale) and Paz (Alison Fernandez , Logan) arrive at S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) camp excited for tech heaven. When the administrator surprises everyone by restricting their devices, they think their summer’s doomed. Things take a mysterious turn when they meet Jordan (Monique Green,Marriage of Lies), an enchanting “counselor” who sends them on an adventure, opening them up to a world of possibilities – like befriending Drew ( Lauren Donzis, Liv and Maddie). The special, directed by Alison McDonald (An American Girl Story – Melody 1963: Love Has to Win), also stars Camryn Manheim (Extant).
“Summer Camp, Friends for Life combines the lovable themes of friendship and collaboration in a fun and engaging S.T.E.A.M. camp environment,” said Tara Sorensen, Head of Kids Programming at Amazon Studios. “Our customers will be inspired by Z, Paz and Drew as they work together toward solving the mystery presented to them.” I love the idea that American Girl has such relatable characters for young girls. The new digital age can become such a divide for generations, but the new American Girl special is a great special for girls to watch with the parents. The storyline is believable and creates a great conversation piece on the way to summer camp.
The first two original American Girl specials for Prime Video, An American Girl Story – Melody 1963: Love Has to Win and An American Girl Story – Maryellen 1955: Extraordinary Christmas, were based on the characters Melody Ellison and Maryellen Larkin from the BeForever historical-inspired character line. These two specials, in addition to the newly launched special An American Girl Story – Ivy & JuliIe 1976: A Happy Balance, are currently available to stream on Prime Video. An American Girl Story – Melody 1963: Love Has to Win recently won several awards including a Parents’ Choice Gold Award, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Children’s Program, Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children’s Programs, and a Humanitas Prize in the Children’s Live Action Category.
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