What a whirl! I was doing an author visit at some international schools in Indonesia when I got an email from the editor who brought SABA: UNDER THE HYENA’S FOOT into the world as part of the “Girls of Many Lands” series that American Girl was trying. Those dolls–dressed to their fingernails in historically correct clothes from eight different countries–did not, alas, blossom in the hearts of their intended audience, and the line died a quick death. This time, the editor said, she’d like me to tackle the books for the Doll of the Year 2010. I flew to Madison, Wisconsin, to meet with the American Girl team, knew I was oovey-groovey with the theme, and signed a non-disclosure agreement promising not to reveal details until…ta-da…January 1, 2010. Then I went home to write. Can’t wait to break my silence.