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Martin, Ann M.
New York : Hyperion Books for Children, 2000
IL 3-6, RL 5.0
ISBN 0786803614
Did you know that when dolls are made they can take a sacred oath which allows them to become alive?  If they chose to do this, they must promise to never permit their owners to see them move.  Annabelle Doll took this oath, as did Mama Doll, Papa Doll, Bobby Doll, Baby Doll, Uncle Doll and even Aunt Sarah Doll who has been missing for forty years. The Doll family has lived in the same house for over 100 years, even though Annabelle has remained just eight years old.  In the daytime hours the Dolls stay very still, but at night they are very busy.  One night Annabelle finds a diary that belonged to her missing Aunt Sarah.  She decides to try to find Aunt Sarah but to do so she must leave the Dollhouse and explore the big house.  This is very dangerous and leads to many adventures.  Will she discover where Aunt Sarah has been all these years!  (Jean Bellavance for Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards, 2003)

Booktalk #2

Annabelle and her Doll family have lived in the dollhouse for many, many years.  They are a family of Victorian china dolls.  Way back in 1955, Aunt Sarah Doll disappeared and Annabelle is now determined to find her.  This means leaving the Doll house in search of clues.  But they have all taken the Doll Oath to keep their lives secret from the people in the house.  Annabelle is determined to use the clues she’s uncovered in Sarah’s journal to get to the bottom of the mystery.  Things get complicated with the arrival of a new doll house and a new family of dolls.

SUBJECTS:     Dolls -- Fiction.


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