The Borrowers

The Borrowers

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The Borrowers--the Clock family: Homily, Pod, and their fourteen-year-old daughter, Arrietty, to be precise--are tiny people who live underneath the kitchen floor of an old English country manor. All their minuscule home furnishings, from postage stamp paintings to champagne cork chairs, are "borrowed" from the "human beans" who tromp around loudly above them. All is well until Pod is spotted upstairs by a human boy! Can the Clocks stay nested safely in their beloved hidden home, or will they be forced to flee? The British author Mary Norton won the Carnegie Medal for The Borrowers in 1952, the year it was first published in England. This repackaged paperback edition still has the delightful original black-and-white illustrations by Beth and Joe Krush inside. A charmer!Awards: 1952 Carnegie Medal, a Lewis Carroll Shelf Award BookDon't miss the other classics in the Borrowers series: The Borrowers Afield, The Borrowers Afloat, The Borrowers Aloft, and The Borrowers Avenged.
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Product details

  • 9-12
  • Paperback | 180 pages
  • 132 x 195 x 11mm | 145g
  • Wadsworth Publishing Co Inc
  • Belmont, CA, United States
  • English
  • Anniv
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0152047379
  • 9780152047375
  • 1,113

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Praise for Mary Norton's The Borrowers:
"A book that begs to be shared."--The Horn Book "The magic and charm of the writing convince children and grown-ups, too, that Borrowers really do exist."--School Library Journal
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About Mary Norton

Mary Norton (1903-1992) lived in England, where she was an actress, playwright, and award-winning author of the classic Borrowers novels.
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Rating details

86,581 ratings
4.03 out of 5 stars
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4 35% (30,256)
3 22% (19,466)
2 4% (3,489)
1 1% (1,082)

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very nice story,even quite old-fashioned! i admit i bought this book after watching the Studio Ghibli movie :The secret world of Arriety' which is based on this series, but i always prefer the books more! after reading this, i ordered the rest of the series! i personally enjoyed very much all the tiny details that the writer adds with the plot, about how the things that the borrowers take and up-cycle! very creative!show more
by Vaso Kafkoula
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