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The Runaway Dolls (Doll People #3)

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Best friends Annabelle Doll and Tiffany Funcraft have stumbled upon an unexpected visitor, a new doll named Tilly May. She arrived in a mysterious package . . . but she looks so familiar. Could she be Annabelle’s long-lost baby sister? It'll take a runaway adventure to find out for sure. Are the dolls ready for life on the road?

Ann M. Martin and Laura Godwin bring us the t...more
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Published October 14th 2008 by Listening Library (Audio) (first published October 7th 2008)
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Kathryn
I checked this out on a whim from the library—it had been languishing on my virtual TBR shelf for ages and when I found out the library had a copy on audiobook (and that the length perfectly coincided with my remaining commute hours before summer break), I snatched it up eagerly. I was enchanted within seconds—literally! The little intro music was so perfect—whimsical and fun and magical—and the moment Lynn Redgrave began her delightful narration I just let out a blissful sigh—it was like listen...more
Ann
This is the third book in the series and I have loved each one immensely! I appreciate the thoughtfulness and detail that goes into the rules of the doll world, as well as how the world would appear to be from a doll's perspective. The plots are intriguing and sparks the interest of the part of me that would love to be ten years old again and create doll worlds in the bushes and trees.

I have listened to the audiobooks, and I think Redgrave has such a perfect voice for these books! She can take...more
Nicole
Nov 05, 2009 Nicole rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: librarians in search of a "safe read" recommendation
Except for a brief moment of doll feminism (wait a second, girl dolls can do anything boy dolls can do!) this story follows very closely in the steps of traditional doll stories. Love them or hate them, doll stories are here to stay.

Personally, I love them. What's creepier and more fascinating than the thought of your dolls coming alive when you're not there and acting like real little people? What better way to introduce colonialism to children? The ruling elite deny the "savages" agency, adul...more
Eva Mitnick
When I was a child, I was quite certain that all my dolls and stuffed animals possessed a Rich Inner Life, and even now when I go up to the attic to haul down holiday trappings, I could swear that my daughters’ old Barbies, baby dolls, and stuffed animals are sending me reproachful vibes from their plastic storage bins.

Perhaps this is why I’ve always been drawn to books about dolls, and not just any doll books, oh no. In my favorite books, the dolls walk, talk, and in general lead much more inte...more
Charlyn  Trussell
Sep 18, 2009 Charlyn Trussell rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Gr.3 and up
Shelves: fiction, fantasy, magic
Brian Selznick opens this books with the same kind of storytelling pictures used in Hugo Cabret. The reader sees a package lost 100 years ago in a doll factory found. The package arrives at the Palmer's home, but sits unopened because it isn't addressed to the Palmers and the family is leaving on vacation. Annabelle Doll and her friend Tiffany are intrigued and decide to investigate the strange package. When Annabelle hears a tiny voice inside, she knows she has to release the doll inside. Annab...more
Mackenzie H.
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Friends forever, two dolls Tiffany Funcraft and Annabelle Doll find a package. They wonder what it's for, and more importantly what lay inside. Really the package is a hundred year old box that never got delivered to the Palmer's home. The dolls open the package with pure excitement and curiosity to find yet another doll! Matilda May, or Tilly is now Annabelle's "sister", but when the rest of the family meets Tilly, they are not so sure. Set out to prove her ways right, Tilly and...more
Christine
I thought this was a bit long in places, but the illustrations are great, and the character of Tilly added some humor. Overall, enjoyable. We listened to some of the audiobook, as well.
Maia
The dolls strike again(a third time)! This time they are running away from home with their new doll friend Matilda May (Tilly May)who is only three years old and was stuck in a box her whole like listening to tapes and the radio while stuck behind a bookshelf. She knows nothing about the life Annabelle and Tiffany live inside and out of their doll house. Will they ever get home?
Lisa Maddock
I like these books, have read them all. The concept of dolls coming to life when humans are not around, and the consequences of being seen/caught - very creative and ingenius and what wonderful illustrations! Highly recomended.
Maya
This book is the third book of the doll people series and it is really good.
Haley
Life is good for the dolls in the Palmer's house and it's about to get even better: the palmer's have decided to go away on vacation for two whole weeks. That means no cat, no people, no worry. Looking forward to two weeks of fun, a mysterious package arrives addressed to Kate's great great grandfather. The Palmers leave for their vacation without opening it or telling Kate's grandmother. Once they're gone, though, Annabelle does open it and what's inside could change the Doll's life forever. T...more
Helen
Dec 18, 2008 Helen rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Helen by: jameslhelena@bellsouth.net
Shelves: children-s-books
At the beginning of this story, the Doll family and the Funcraft family are looking forward to two weeks of freedom as the Palmer's are going on vacation for two weeks. Tiffany, who was downstairs when it arrived, tells Annabelle about a package that was delivered just before the Palmers left. Annabelle and Tiffany decide to go investigate the package and when they get to it they discover that it contains a doll. Annabelle is certain that the doll is the long lost baby sister that was supposed t...more
Christina
It's imperative that you read The Doll People and The Meanest Doll in the World before picking up The Runaway Dolls because, unlike the second book in the Doll People series, this one gives absolutely no back story until the very middle of the book. The adventure is still there, but it's even more unbelievable. Yeah, talking and moving dolls aren't exactly believable, but The Runaway Dolls is even more out there than that. The dolls -- three of whom are china -- walk through a park, visit a depa...more
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Title: The Runaway Dolls

Author: Ann M. Martin

Series: Doll People #3

Rating: ★★★

Summary: In this masterfully plotted third book in Martin and Godwin's Doll People series, best friends Annabelle Doll and Tiffany Funcraft are back. A new doll named Tilly May has arrived in a mysterious package from London, but she looks so familiar. Could she be Annabelle's long-lost baby sister?

Review: Loads better than The Meanest Doll in the World.

Things I Loved: The ending was so sweet!

Things I Hated: N/A

*Overal...more
Emueller
A fun adventure story for elementary to middle-grade readers, with many humorous references for the adults, too. The best book in the series, in my opinion. I think enough back story is included that you could read this one on its own without too much confusion. Lynn Redgrave's voice is wonderful for the audio book version, though some of her American accents still have a lot of British in them, and the character's voices sound very different from the previous audio books.
Beverly
This was one of those books that got better as it went along. The story is about Annabelle Doll (who lives in a dollhouse in the Palmer house) and her friend Tiffany Funcraft who run away from home when it looks like Annabelle's long lost sister Tilly May might be sent away. You see the dolls are living dolls who took an oath to never let humans know that dolls actually live or else they enter into PDS - Permanent Doll State. I actually listened to this book on audio. It was read by Lynn Redgrav...more
Vicky Chen
The book was pretty good.It's about a doll who wants her sister back from the boxes that has been around for ages.The main character Annabelle and her friend,Tiffany, ran away with Tily "younger sister".When they went into the forest that's where trouble began, the dolls finally realized that running away was not a good idea at all, they tried to go back home but, they couldn't find their way back home. The next thing that happened was that the dolls were stuck at the toy store and couldn't get...more
Holly Mason
This book is great! The series is so enjoyable, I read this at a young age, and it is still one of my favorites. If you are looking into reading this book, I highly recommend it if you enjoy adventure! This is a unique way to write about adventure, but WOW. I really enjoyed it! :)
Alora
I honestly do not remember a lot of this book. I read it over 5 years ago, and at a young age. I remember staying up very late reading this book, under my tiny night light.I remember I loved this book very much, I suggest this book to many young children.
Nouara Y.
The Runaway Dolls by Ann M. Martin was the very first book I have read when I cane to Austin. It is about play house dolls who are alive... Can you believe that?!? The reason the book is called The Runaway Dolls is because the main characters Annabelle Doll and Tiffany Funcraft found a baby doll named Tilly Mae. After a while being together the three dolls ran away. It was probably one of the best books I have ever read. Although, there were about 2 or 3 other books to this series and I did not...more
Danielle
This is the third one in the series. It is also my favorite one in the series. This a good fansty book that is not only easy to read but it is also very understandable. There are a lot of settings in this book but I think one of the biggest ones is a house. In the book Tiffany and Annabelle find a package. Then when they open it they find out that Annabelle had a long lost baby sister. Then in the middle they run away. Then in the end they come back to their house that has the dolls house locate...more
Caleb
I could say I liked it. *sigh*, BUT I PREFER L-O-V-E-D! So awesome! Annabelle was taken to the Doll Hospital because her hand got crushed by a little girl and because her hair is green. When she got there she saw all her friends who disappeared so she changed her doll fixing order so she could go home without brown hair and have her green. Thank goodness, I wouldn't want my owner to know I was alive! Then they found a way out and got home only to find their parents in Doll State because the cat...more
Liza Malik
This book is very fun, but a really easy book to read. Great book for 4th or 5th grader :) :)
Jessie Donovan
It was amazing. Totally worth reading. I loved It and am looking for more like it.
Lacey
This is the biggest problem that the dolls have had to face yet! One part seemed to drag out a bit long, but other than that it was a good end to the three book series. A cute book series for young girls. Makes me with that dolls and toys really were alive like in the book and just like in Toy Story!
mandyfujita
ann martin does a wonderful job with creating a new situation with the dolls from the two previous books. it is not necessary to read the two other books because she refers to them in passing. but its nice background if you did read them. annabelle doll and tiffany funcraft are in a new adventure that takes them to where they would never have gone on their own. they ride on a wagon, end up in a park which to them would seem like the woods and even go to a department store. the new dolls that th...more
Alice Qu
This book talked about how Annabelle found her long lost sister, in the beginning, she feels angry that her parents don't accept her sister, so she runs away with tiffany and Tilly, her sister. Once they wanted to go home, it was already too late, they had no idea where they are and how do they go home. When they meet the nice dolls in McGinities, they were blind people that saw light, their friends helped them get home, and eventually, they reached home and discovered the mistake they made. Thi...more
Roxanne Hsu Feldman
There is plenty of danger and excitement going to keep the reader's interest up -- although the shorter adventure in the park is no where near as entertaining as the complex experiences in the Department Store. The entire package remains charming and expensive with ample illustrations in Selznick's skilled and often humorous hands. I believe this is really THE END of the trilogy (as prescribed in the end flap) which started really strong, got slightly weaker with the Meanest Doll, but finished s...more
Willow
It is one of my favorite books ever!!!
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Ann Matthews Martin was born on August 12, 1955. She grew up in Princeton, New Jersey, with her parents and her younger sister, Jane. After graduating from Smith College, Ann became a teacher and then an editor of children's books. She's now a full-time writer.

Ann gets the ideas for her books from many different places. Some are based on personal experiences, while others are based on childhood me...more
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