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The Borrowers

by Mary Norton (author)

Suitable for 7 - 20 years

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The tiny Borrowers live in the secret places of quiet old houses; behind the mantelpiece, inside the harpsichord and under the clock. They own nothing, borrow everything, and think human beings exist just for their amusement. They are completely hidden from people. Until one brave young Borrower breaks their only rule – and makes friends with a human boy…

“Beautifully written, poetic and almost always alarming, the Borrowers have something very mysterious, sad and exciting about them.” Sunday Times

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Date published

December 31st, 1994

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  • 256 pages



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What kids think

  1. Avatar cat 761729

    on 4 March 2013

    The Borrowers is a charming little book. It’s really unique and imaginative. A gem of a book.

  2. Bellasara 113282

    on 13 September 2012

    this book was lovely to read and i couldn’t put it down

    5out of 5
  3. Default avatar

    on 9 June 2012

    I liked this book near the end but at the beggining it was very confuzing and made no sense to me.

    4out of 5
  4. Petula 113689

    on 4 March 2012

    rather good. i like arriety best

  5. Ef castle thumb 2

    on 2 March 2012

    i love this book i think it is just a nice read. its not the best book but its not awfull.

  6. Avatar lion 761782

    on 2 March 2012

    my family love it everyone should its a fab book!

  7. Avatar owl 761790

    on 1 March 2012

    The Borrowers is a fantastic story and a great read for children. I had to read this book for a book quiz and thankfully I won because of this execellent book. I highly recommend this book for 9-10+ it’s a must have !

  8. Lion 113522

    on 30 January 2012

    My sister had this book it was about little people borrowing big peoples things.

  9. Witchdog thumb 22

    on 3 March 2011

    Great book. It’s quite funny because it’s weird as something small to us would be really big to the borrowers and that is really funny. It also has a nice storyline to it.

  10. Evie 113313

    on 21 September 2008


    5out of 5