Safe, fairly fun book-based site pushes brand.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Encourages community service and friendship. The characters are positive role models for preteen girls.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Not applicable

The site is all about the Beacon Street Girls and predominantly features frequent tie-ins to their books and products. There's an online store.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although the site heavily promotes all things Beacon Street Girls, it's a very safe place for tween fans of the books. Girls who subscribe to the site's free Club BSG by submitting an email address and their age can post comments on the book reviews and other sections, but everything is reviewed before it's published, and no personal information is allowed. Parents are also given a forum on the site to discuss its content and the book series. To order from the e-commerce section, girls must be 18 or older.

What's it about?

The Beacon Street Girls books and BEACONSTREETGIRLS.COM were created to give preteen girls positive role models. Centered around five fictional 12-year-old girls, the site extends the Beacon Street Girls literary experience with quizzes, descriptions of the neighborhood featured in the book, and character-centric sections that include diaries, puzzles, and more. The site has several user activities, including printable birthday cards and dress-up games. Girls who have registered for the free Club BSG can post comments on book reviews, submit questions for interviews with teen-friendly celebs, and enter contests to write songs or win a sleepover at a hotel.

Is it any good?


Make no mistake: This site exists to promote the line of Beacon books, which it does by offering book-centric items including reviews, sample chapters, book cover posters, and a downloadable timer that counts down the days, minutes, hours, and even seconds until the next Beacon Street Girls book release. also conveniently features an extensive online store where girls can buy character-themed, $30 body care product sets and a $78 "sleepover special" kit containing a bag, backpack, door pillow, and journal. But, once you sift through the ads and products, there is some fun, creative stuff -- especially the online movie making game, which lets users craft a cartoon-like short film by picking backgrounds, characters, and music.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why it's important to have people's comments reviewed before they're posted live on a Web site. What would not be OK to post? What information is fine to share?

Website details

Genre:Brand Sites
Pricing structure:Free

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Kid, 10 years old November 6, 2011


they should know this nice and and cool game yopu will never go offf this game so try it out
Teen, 13 years old Written byBUBLES February 8, 2011
What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Educational value
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Kid, 12 years old December 10, 2010

The best book ever!

I love beacon street girls the story is super interesting!


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