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Kanani

Written by Lisa Yee, Published by American Girl 2011

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Ten-year-old Kanani loves living in beautiful Hawai‘i —and she especially loves sharing the wonders of her island home with visitors. So when her cousin Rachel from New York comes to stay for a month, Kanani is excited to get to know her. But no matter what she does to help Rachel feel at home, it only seems to make her unhappy instead. Can Kanani find a way to connect with her cousin? 

 

The illustrations for the Kanani books were created digitally using a Wacom Tablet and Corel Painter XI. See a step by step demonstration of how they were painted. 

 

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Kanani is excited about selling shave ice to raise money for a cause she cares about. But she also cares about her best friend, Celina—and she promised they would take surfing lessons together. When Kanani can’t make time for Celina, their friendship begins to unravel, and she finds herself spending summer days alone. Will Kanani find a way to make things right? 

 

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Saige

Written by Jessie Haas, published by American Girl 2013

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Saige Copeland loves spending time on her grandma's ranch, riding horses and painting. Her school made the tough choice to cut art classes, which means she's lost her favorite subject. So when her grandma decides to organize a "save the arts" fundraiser and parade to benefit the school, Saige jumps on board. She begins training her grandma's beautiful horse, Picasso, for his appearance in the parade. Then her grandma is injured in an accident, and she wonders what she can do to help. Can she ride Picasso in the parade and make her grandma proud? Can Saige still raise money to protect the arts at school?

 

The illustrations for the Saige books were created digitally using a Wacom Tablet and Corel Painter XI. See a step by step demonstration of how they were painted. 

 

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Life is changing for Saige. Her grandma is still recovering from the accident, and she misses the time they spent together. She takes comfort in riding Georgia, her grandma's youngest horse. She knows her grandma needs cheering up, so Saige comes up with a plan to restore their special art afternoons. Inspired by her grandma, she organizes a "Day of Beige" at her school to show how boring the world would be without creativity and color. Things are finally starting to get better, and then grandma tells her of plans to sell Georgia. Can Saige find a way to keep the horse she loves—and help save the arts at her school?

 

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Grace

By Mary Casanova

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