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The Clock family--Pod, Homily, and Arrietty--live beneath the floor of a country house in a home furnished with objects they have borrowed from the humans who live above them.
Paperback
Published on July 3, 2014 by Puffin Classics
ISBN-10: 0141354860
ISBN-13: 9780141354866
14 Book Reviews
  • tendergalaxy
    tendergalaxy21 days44 starsFeatured
    The Borrowers, by Mary Norton, says that good things can follow with bad things and the other way around. When Mrs. May’s brother was a child, the Clock borrowers lived in a strange old house with Mrs. Driver, Crampfurl, the gardener, and a little curious boy. The Clock family included Pod, Homily, and Arrietty. Borrowers are mini-versions of people which borrow everything, even their names. The borrowers have been able to keep out of sight for a while, because any borrower who sees a human is never seen again. However, Arrietty won’t listen. She met the boy, and found out that he was friendly. This began a “golden age” in their borrowing. Every night, the boy would give them things. However, soon Mrs. Driver found out about the borrowers and asked the rat-catcher to get rid of them. Luckily, the borrowers escaped by “emigrating” to Uncle Hendreary’s house, two fields away. I recommend this story for boys and girls, grades third to sixth.
    • yummylarkragiuo
      yummylarkragiuo4 months55 starsFeatured
      In old houses, under the floor, live tiny people called Borrowers. The borrowers don't bother to make stuff like beds or spools of wool or safety pins. Instead, the Borrowers create their furniture using "borrowed" items from "human beans." There aren't many Borrowers left. One Borrower family, composed of three, lived in an old house in England. The father was called Pod, the mother Homily, and the child Arrietty. Arrietty isn't like other borrowers. She doesn't want to spend her entire life cooped up in a house, seeing the sky only through tiny glimpses through the grating. Arriety wants to live outside, under the blue sky. But girls are usually not allowed to go on borrowing trips through the house. After many days of asking, Pod finally gives in and allows Arietty to come. On the trip, Arrietty is seen by a human boy. He agrees to keep their secret, but what will happen when more people find out?
      • ramonakitty
        ramonakittyalmost 2 years44 stars
        I read it and it is really good so I am reading the rest of the series
        • Shannon Hollickover 2 years
          I think this book was really interesting. It had lots of challenging words though!
          • horseridinggirl
            horseridinggirlover 2 years44 stars
            This book is about little people who live under the floorboards. They call themselves "borrowers" because they take things from the house above to use in their house. The family of borrowers this book is about is the last one in the whole house. One day, when Arriety ventures out into the big house alone, she gets caught. The rest of the book is about the adventures she and her families have. I had to read this book for school, and I was surprised by how good it was.
            • reader2009
              reader2009over 2 years44 stars
              This is a great book to read when you are bored. It is very captivating and over all it is an enjoyable read.
              • teddybear7
                teddybear7over 5 years
                I would love to get a chance to share about this book. The movie was funny and outstanding with jokes for all audiences. The author I am unfamiliar with, but I have heard good things.
                • summerlover
                  summerloveralmost 6 years55 stars
                  I love this book so much! Definitely one of the best books I have evr read!
                  • cheekymonkey
                    cheekymonkeyalmost 6 years44 stars
                    I really liked the The Borrowers because it was very interesting and filled with imagination.
                    • 14bigbenny
                      14bigbennyover 9 years
                      I thought this book was ok