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Norton, Mary
New York : Harcourt Brace, 1953.
IL 5-8 RL 5.9
ISBN 0152099875
Now and then some of the things we own go missing and we just never find them again. They might just be lost, but then again, perhaps there is a Borrower in the house! Mary Norton introduces us to THE BORROWERS, who are tiny people living in the hidden places of a house; behind walls, in cabinets, and under the kitchen floor. They get their food and furniture by "borrowing" some of the items that humans use. One of the worst things that could happen to a Borrower is being "seen" by a human while on a borrowing trip. When Borrowers Homily and Pod Clock discover that their daughter Arrietty has not only been seen, but has SPOKEN to a human boy, they are terribly upset until they are persuaded to get to know him themselves. The friendship between the Clock family and the boy ends in near disaster for the Borrowers when a human adult steps in and tries to rid the house of Borrowers forever. If you enjoy the first book, The Borrowers, you can keep following their adventures through several more books in the series. In addition, you may also enjoy a series called "The Littles" by John Peterson, and Roald Dahl's story "The Minpins." Be sure to "borrow" some of these books and learn where some of your missing items may be going!
(Gayle Hodur,, Soledad Unified School District, Soledad, California)
SSUBJECTS:     Fantasy.


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