A children's fantasy novel written by Richard Kennedy.

When she was a baby, Amy was [[DoorstopBaby left on the steps of St. Anne's Orphanage for Girls]] by her father, a tailor, who went to sea to find a job, promising to return for her in a year and leaving a hand-made sailor captain doll with her. He never returns, but when Amy is 10, the doll comes to life and slowly become a full-grown man, and leaves for the sea until he is able to adopt her. Sadly, the cruel assistant headmistress of the orphanage intercepts and burns all of his letters, leaving Amy brokenhearted and turning into a doll herself.

The Captain returns to hunt for pirate treasure and takes doll-Amy with him, only to meet a mysterious woman who calls herself the "Bad Sister", who blackmails him into taking her on the voyage for a share of the gold. Things begin to get dangerous when the ruthless pirate Goldnose learns about this treasure as well...

Oh, and every chapter begins with a MotherGoose rhyme.

!!Provides Examples Of:''

* [[spoiler: AnyoneCanDie]]
* AsTheGoodBookSays: Skivvy was read the entire Bible before he became human, so he constantly quotes verses.
* DoorstopBaby
* FreudianExcuse: Ms. Quince hates sailors because she used to love one that went to sea and never returned.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Skivvy]] pulls one one at the end of the book.
* JerkassFacade: The Bad Sister. [[spoiler: Of course, it's because it's someone trying to pass on as [[EvilTeacher Ms. Quince]], the original Bad Sister.]]
* LivingToys: Rather, when they are read to a lot and poked in the head with a needle, they become real.
* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler:The Golden Man is Amy's long-lost father.]]
* NumberOfTheBeast: Skivvy finds ways to calculate 666 to prove to the crew that the Golden Man should not be trusted.