The Beacon Street Girls is a book series especially for tweens. It revolves around five girls who are best friends and the adventures they encounter. The author, Annie Bryant, chose to give one character, Maeve, a learning disability. The author researched the effects of dyslexia by interviewing girls that have the disability. She went further by speaking with experts in the field prior to writing the series. According to the author, the character of Maeve is one of the most popular in the series. It is the hope of the author that the book series (ten in all) will encourage tweens who have dyslexia. Also, it is meant to help other girls better understand the learning disability. To read an entire interview with Annie Bryant about The Beacon Street Girls books, go here. And, your daughters will enjoy visiting the BSG website. It "offers online girls games, crafts, recipes, fun book series, free club, sweepstakes, contests + prizes for girls ages 9 - 13." Check it out!
Updated to add: This is a portion of an email I received about this post.
Hi Shane! I saw your post about the Beacon Street Girls. Thank you so much! I’m glad you found the Beacon Street Girls and Maeve. We’re trying to provide girls with positive media and strong role models, and we cover a lot of different issues – including Maeve’s dyslexia. Thanks again!
Director, Marketing B*tween Productions,
Home of the Beacon Street Girls
1666 Massachusetts Avenue,
Suite 17Lexington, MA 02420