Martin, Ann M. (2000). The Doll People. 256 pages. Grades 3-6.
Annabelle has been eight years old for one hundred years. How is that possible? She is a porcelain doll who has lived with her parents in a Victorian dollhouse, which belongs to Kate. But, when Kate's younger sister receives a modern plastic dollhouse complete with plastic dolls, the original Doll family is not too pleased. In addition, Annabell has discovered a journal belonging to her Aunt Sarah who disappeared almost 45 years earlier. Will she be able to solve the mystery behind her Aunt's disappearance? You'll have to read and find out.
Wonderful illustrations by Brian Selznick (illus. The Invention of Hugo Cabret) make The Doll People a delightful read!
If you've read The Doll People, there are two books that follow: The Meanest Doll in the World (2003) and Martin's most recent The Runaway Dolls (2008).