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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 730L (What's this?)
  • Series: Doll People (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion Book (October 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786855843
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786855841
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.2 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 3–5—A mysterious package addressed to Grandma Palmer's grandfather arrives at the Palmer home while they are on vacation. Kate's doll, Annabelle, and her sister's doll, Tiffany Funcraft, deduce that the package contains the Doll family's missing baby. They open the package to find that Matilda is indeed Annabelle's lost sister. But how do they keep the family from sending her back? Since the package is not addressed to the Palmers, they might not open it, and the baby will be lost forever. Annabelle decides the only solution is to run away with her new sibling to save her from this fate. Annabelle, her brother Bobby, Tiffany, and her brother Bailey join the adventure and find themselves lost in the woods and then trapped in a toy store. The adventure takes a dangerous and mysterious turn when dolls begin to disappear from the store each night. The story opens with Selznick's 12-page illustrated, wordless prologue, and his art moves the story along throughout the book. This fun, magical entry in the series is just as engaging as the previous books.—Debra Banna, Sharon Public Library, MA
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Annabelle Doll is thrilled to discover a five-year-old sister doll, Tilly May, in the mysterious package that arrives just as her owners, the Palmers, leave on vacation. This new member of the Doll Family, though, might put Dollkind in jeopardy. Unwilling to part with her newfound sister, Annabelle runs away, taking her friend Tiffany Funcraft and Tilly May with her. This intriguing premise sets up the action in this suspenseful addition to the Doll People series. Selznick’s numerous, softly-shaded pencil drawings, some extending across two pages, greatly enlarge the story. This sequel can be read on its own, but fans of the series will welcome the references to earlier adventures and the nail-biting return of Mean Mimi. Gentle humor, believable characters with distinct personalities, and a strong plotline will keep readers coming back for more. Grades 3-6. --Kathleen Isaacs

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My eight year old daughter loves this book series.
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Good character development (for a children's book) and a fun, suspenseful story.
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I was so pleased with this book, the third of the series.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Germgirl on November 8, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I was so pleased with this book, the third of the series. I had read the first book and could not find the second. I tried to hold off but it was too tempting. I bought these books for my granddaughter and was so delighted. I purchased 2 more copies for gifts.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mollybug on November 2, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I was not impressed with the second book as the first and was fearful for the third. I could not have been more wrong. In my opinion, it is the best of the three.

The novel starts out with wonderful illustrations explaining what happened to the "real" sister of Annabelle Doll. The package makes its way back to the Palmer's where adventure ensues. In order to keep Tilly May safe Annabelle runs away with her friend Tiffany. The adventures that follow capture what it would like to be a doll in a very big world.

If you have read the first two The Runaway Dolls is a must read!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By N. Robinson on January 18, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This third book in the series begins with a wonderful premise. A very very old package is found in an old toy store, and an honest person mails the Victorian package as it was addressed. As a result, the baby doll which has been missing for more than 100 years arrives to join the doll family!!!

Once again, the children in the two doll families (one family of antique Victorian dolls and one equally special family of plastic "Funcraft" dolls) show courage and spirit, taking risks that the adult dolls feel are unwise. The girls' heart-versus-head approach gets them in deep trouble, but in the end leads to a truly happy ending. Love and bravery conquer all!

This gorgeously illustrated story will become a beloved family classic. Highly, highly recommended!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 28, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I love The Run Away Dolls by Ann M. Martin! I would rate this book 5 stars!!! The book Run Away Dolls is a fiction book and it's a sequel to The Doll People and The Meanest Doll in the World. This book is about dolls that have to work together to find their way home after they run into the woods and get lost.

The authors writing hooks you to the book and makes you want to keep reading what she wrote.
The main characters are: Tilly, Annabelle, Tiffany, Bobby, Bailey, Mom Funcraft and Dad Funcraft, Mama Doll and Papa Doll, Nora, Kate, Grandma Katherine, Mr. Palmer and Mrs. Palmer. My favorite character is Tiffany.

The information you need to know is that there are talking dolls and they cannot be seen moving or talking by any humans or they will go into Doll State or worse PDS [Permanent Doll State]. This is an important scene from the beginning of the book: there was a package delivered to the Palmers house and it's been there for 100 hundred years and the Palmers didn't know that. The package was for William Seaborn Cox Esquire and the Palmers thought they got the wrong people, but it had the right address on it. Tiffany [a doll] tells Annabelle [another doll] about the box and then they go downstairs to see the package and there's a noise from inside the box so they say hello and the thing answered saying "Hi." They open the box and it's a doll!!!!!

I like the book Run Away Dolls because it's exciting and whenever I get to a good part I can't wait to turn the page. When Annabelle and Tiffany get into a problem I always want to know what they do to figure it out. That's why I like the book Run Away Dolls.

I recommend this book to people who like to read exciting fictional books and people who like Ann M. Martin's books.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amber B. on July 27, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I really liked reading The Doll People books. They were funny. There were mysteries in it. I didn't want to put it down. When I read the first Doll People book, I couldn't wait to read the next one. When my grandmother took my to buy the second book, we were surprised because there was a third book so we bought it too. The third one was my favorite.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anne Kinney on June 6, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The girls "hi-fived" each other when they saw that this book had 50 more pages than the last. What a great book!! The series has been instrumental in getting my daughter excited about reading. The only downfall is that this is the last in the trilogy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amelia Earhart on January 26, 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
My eight year old daughter loves this book series. We are reading it with her, but depending on your child's reading level, they might be able to read it alone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Audrey on December 8, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I bought two of these books one for my daughter and one for my niece; they love them, and read this book together. One of the books came without a jacket. If you're wanting a jacket on the book make sure check the description details of the book to make sure you get the jacket. But this is a great book for children.
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