The Doll People Set Sail


By Laura Godwin

By Ann M Martin

Illustrated by Brett Helquist

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In this wholesome, award-winning classic by bestselling creators that has sold more than 1 million copies, a 100-year-old china doll discovers surprising friendships and thrilling adventures.

Annabelle Doll, Tiffany Funcraft, and their families are whisked out to sea when the Palmers accidentally place them in a box destined for charity donation. And it turns out they're not alone-there are plenty of other doll people on the ship, too. After traveling thousands of miles, will they be able to find their way home?

In the fourth installment in the beloved Doll People series, Brett Helquist joins Ann M. Martin and Laura Godwin on another exhilarating adventure from a doll's-eye view.


  • Praise for The Doll People:

    "[Readers] are in for a marvelous treat in this delicious fantasy."
    Kirkus, starred review
  • "Martin and Godwin inventively spin out their own variation on the perennially popular theme of toys who secretly come to life…Doll lovers may well approach their imaginative play with renewed enthusiasm and a sense of wonder after reading this fun-filled adventure."
    Publishers Weekly, starred review
  • "It's not easy to write a good book about dolls. Martin and Godwin not only set up a realistic doll world but also provide a credible mystery. The story gets a wonderful boost from Brian Selznick's pencil drawings...he catches every bit of humor."
  • "Black-and-white pencil drawings illustrate this lively addition to the doll-fantasy genre."
     —Horn Book
  • "A lighthearted touch and a dash of drama make this a satisfying read. Selznick's illustrations are perfectly suited to the innocent charm of the dolls and do much to draw readers into their world."
     —School and Library Journal
  • "'The Doll People' is part of a solid tradition of doll stories. But Ann M. Martin and Laura Godwin have given their amusing novel a decidedly contemporary twist: 19th-century porcelain meets 20th-century plastic."—The New York Times
  • Praise for The Meanest Doll in the World:

    "With its indelible mingling of wit, action, characterization, and art, this stands alone, but will especially thrill expectant fans of the original Doll People."—Kirkus, starred review
  • "The team behind The Doll People serves up a second helping of fanciful fun."—Publishers Weekly, starred review
  • "Readers...will hope for many more tales in the series for years to come."—Bookpage
  • "A thoroughly charming exploration of the fantasy that dolls are secretly alive. In this action-packed sequel, things heat up even further."

  • "The book's broad humor and action balance with smaller, more personal dramas…Selznick's illustrations, in their wit and profusion, tie it all together in one appealing package."

    Horn Book
  • "This fantasy is destined to be a favorite for years to come."—School Library Journal
  • Praise for The Runaway Dolls:

    "Fans of the first two Doll People stories will be thrilled with number three."

    Kirkus, starred review
  • "Fast-paced, satisfyingly developed, the book is doubly enjoyable for its foundation in a solidly imagined doll culture."

    Publishers Weekly, starred review
  • "[I]n the pantheon of living toys, the Doll and Funcraft families of Ann M. Martin and Laura Godwin's admired Doll People series reign supreme."

    The New York Times
  • "Gentle humor, believable characters with distinct personalities, and a strong plotline will keep readers coming back for more."

  • Praise for The Doll People Set Sail:

    "Readers are guaranteed very smooth sailing."
  • "A rousing adventure that treats fans to thrilling action...and personable new dolls to discover."—Publishers Weekly, starred review
  • "The fourth installment of 'The Doll People' series is an adventure on the high seas...This is a good choice for independent readers ready to try something longer."
     —School Library Journal
  • "Though it's not necessary to have read the first three entries, it's the stalwart fans who will be cheering 'Doll power!' the loudest as these beloved characters prove once again they can all work together."—Horn Book
  • Other accolades for the Doll People series:

    An ALA Notable Children's Book
A Capitol Choices Noteworthy Title for Children and Teens
CCIRA Colorado Children's Book Award Runner-Up
A Child Magazine Best Book of the Year
Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book award Masterlist
A Garden State Children's Book Award Nominee
An Indian Paintbrush Book Award Nominee
A Junior Library Guild Selection
Kentucky Bluegrass Award Master List
Maryland Children's Book Award
Massachusetts Children's Book award Master List
Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award
A National Parenting Center Seal of Approval
Pennsylvania Young Readers' Choice Award Master List
A Publishers Weekly Best Book
A Rhode Island Children's Book Award Nominee
A School Library Journal Best Book
A Texas Bluebonnet Award Nominee
A Volunteer State Book Award Nominee

On Sale
Sep 13, 2016
Page Count
304 pages

Laura Godwin

About the Author

Laura Godwin, also known as Nola Buck, is the author of many popular picture books for children, including Oh, Cats!; Owl Sees Owl; This Is the Firefighter; and Christmas in the Manger. She is also the author of the bestselling Doll People series with Ann M. Martin. Born and raised in Alberta, Canada, she now lives in New York City.

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Ann M Martin

About the Author

ANN M. MARTIN is the author of many books for young readers, including Rain Reign, Belle Teal, A Dog’s Life, and A Corner of the Universe, a 2003 Newbery Honor Book. She is also the author of the Baby-sitters Club series and the Family Tree series. Ms. Martin makes her home in upstate New York.

LAURA GODWIN, also known as Nola Buck, is the author of many popular picture books for children, including Oh, Cats!; One Moon, Two Cats; This Is the Firefighter; and Christmas in the Manger. Born and raised in Alberta, Canada, she now lives in New York City.

BRETT HELQUIST is the illustrator of the best-selling A Series of Unfortunate Events books, as well as many other popular titles. He worked as a graphic designer before becoming a full-time illustrator. Brett lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York. See more of his work online at

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