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The Runaway Dolls (Doll People #3)

4.10  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,471 Ratings  ·  216 Reviews
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
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Published October 14th 2008 by Listening Library (Audio) (first published October 7th 2008)
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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
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
Tabitha Marian
Feb 11, 2016 Tabitha Marian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Lovely book! :) I have it here, and it's a pleasure to read. One of my favorites. Very well written!
Eva Mitnick
Oct 20, 2008 Eva Mitnick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
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
Goldilocks Reviews
Dec 07, 2015 Goldilocks Reviews rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
Although my copy of The Meanest Doll in the World is waiting on library reserve, I had to read Runaway Dolls as my sequel to The Doll People.

As far as sequels go, it wasn't too bad. The book started off with a slow start but it eventually kicked off. What always made me laugh was the Doll Family's youngest member, Baby Betsy, was ordered from the wrong doll catalog and was bigger than all the other dolls. In this installment, the right baby doll Matilda May is delivered to the Palmer family one
Sep 23, 2015 Beatrice rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The Runaway Dolls by Ann M. Martin was an okay book. Annabelle Doll, Tiffany Funcraft, and her friends are living dolls that can't be seen moving by human beings. If they were they'd be put into a thing called doll state, which would make the doll in this state unable to move for a certain amount of time, or even forever. The situation that they were put into made the book somewhat stressful because of how they got out of things, and how easy it was. But the author made a great job putting the d ...more
Nov 11, 2015 Kelsiebowler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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The story takes place in America. The main characters are Mama Doll, Papa Doll, Auntie Sarah, Annabelle Doll, Nany, Boby Doll, Baby Betsy, Tiffany Funcraft, Uncle Doll, Tilly Doll, Bailey Funcraft and Grandma Katherine. The minor characters are Kate, Nora, and the Captain. Kate's family goes on a vacation for 2 weeks. The dolls are really happy that they can move around all they want since they won't be home. Annabelle Doll and
Yuliana Gallardo
I really loved this book because it is so specific like on how they feel and also how things look like because I felt like if I was in the book. It was about how Annabelle, her brother, Tiffany and Bailey go to a runaway because they found their little sister that was 100 years lost and their parents didn't believe her so she ran away with her best friends and accidently got inside a store and her hand got broken they also met new dolls that could talk and move. I recommend this book to everyone ...more
Feb 14, 2015 Kristin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: with-miya
Boo! The trilogy is over.

I enjoyed it through the last page. Last book's adventure to the schoolhouse pales in comparison to the dangers the dolls face lost in the woods and captured in a department store. Just like the last volume, entering the doll perspective is fun. What do dolls do when their owners go on vacation for two weeks? What would it be like in a toy store after hours, when all the dolls can come alive? You'll have to read to find out Martin and Godwin's conjectures!

In this volume
Sep 18, 2009 Charlyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Gr.3 and up
Shelves: fantasy, fiction, 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
Nov 05, 2009 Nicole rated it liked it  ·  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
Sep 29, 2014 Annette rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: just-literature
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Jamie Lau
The Runaway Dolls by Ann M. Martin is a book written about the adventures of living dolls. When Annabelle Doll and Tiffany Funcraft meet a new doll from London, they discover that this doll very well could be Annabelle's long lost sister. They take advantage of the fact that Katie, their owner and her family are going away on vacation for two weeks. With this new discovery, the dolls prepare to embark on an epic journey to leave behind their home and set out on the road. On their journey, they r ...more
Leslie Ayala
Feb 10, 2016 Leslie Ayala rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Runaway Dolls by Ann M. Martin was about 2 dolls that found a box that was shipped to the Palmers over 100 years ago. When Annabel and Tiffany found the box that told their parents and they said that they can't go near the box. They disobeyed their parents by going and sleeping outside where the 2 thought that inside was her sister. Though when they couldn't wait another second they finally opened the box and ran away and in the woods they found 2 other dolls and from there they were in a do ...more
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.
Dec 21, 2011 Maia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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?
Kaylynn Alessandri
The book I'm reading is called The Runaway Dolls by Ann M. Martin. I really liked this book. I liked it when Annabelle and Tiffani found the box and they herd a voice coming out of the box and it said hello anybody out there.

This book is about all these dolls who live with these humans, the Palmers. The Palmers have two daughters that love dolls and the dolls that they have can move and talk. But there is something called the doll code and that is the doll code of honor. That means that the doll
Jen W
Jul 24, 2015 Jen W rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Middle grades, Fiction, Fantasy; grades 4-6; reading level 4.4, Lexile 730

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Description: Annabelle doll finds out she has a sister and rather then risk her being sent back to where she came from, the dolls decide they must runaway. no doubt there are adventurous times that lay ahead as they end up in a toy store for sometime with other dolls to meet.

1. This book itself was mentioned in Charlotte Huck's Children's Literature in the fantasy section under the subcategory
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Lisa Maddock
Jan 12, 2010 Lisa Maddock rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
In the runaway dolls I learned that running away is never a good idea and can really hurt your life choices. In this story there are these dolls that find their real sister in a box that is 100 years old. Once they find the box they take the sister and run away from home. They face many obstacles and don't know if they ever can find home again. I really liked this book because it was fun to read and it left mysterious so you can read the book in suspense. I would recommend this book to young peo ...more
Jun 10, 2015 Maryn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really like how in every Ann M. Martin book that I have read there is a very stiff plot, but sometimes it can twist. Martin's characters are so vivid, and I think that it's cool how Martin came up with The Doll Code Of Honor. Tiffany and Annabelle are inspiring characters and they really invite you into the world of dolls. I also like how Martin added a new addition to the characters: Tilly May. Tilly's story is interesting and funny, and throughout the book you see how darling (and also a bit ...more
Mar 13, 2009 Maya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is the third book of the doll people series and it is really good.
Nov 03, 2015 Sally rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
I fell in love with The Doll People and was excited to find another episode to listen to at my local library. This was Book 3 in the series. I haven't found Book 2 (The Meanest Doll in the World) in audio to listen to yet, but although there are references to that book in this one, I didn't feel I needed to have read Book 2 first. I definitely hope to get it eventually as well as finding the 4th book in the series soon. After wallowing in "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo", these books were catha ...more
Sep 08, 2009 Haley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 18, 2008 Helen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Dec 08, 2012 Hayden rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nov 19, 2015 Izzy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 6th-grade
This is the third book in the Doll People series. I love this whole series and that's why I decided to read this book. They're all really sweet and I love the idea of the dolls having their own lives outside of their owners playing with them. I love the illustrations. I think this might be my favorite book out of the series. If there is a fourth one, I am definitely going to read it. I want her to write lots more of these books because I love these books!
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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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
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