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Borrowers, The

by Mary Norton  |  Grades: 3-5  |  Ages 7-10  |  Lexile Level: 780 

The Borrowers by Mary Norton Teacher Guide, Novel Unit, Lesson Plans, ActivitiesAbout The Borrowers by Mary Norton

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. A charmer!


1952 Carnegie Medal
Lewis Carroll Shelf Award Book 


"The magic and charm of the writing convince children and grown-ups, too, that Borrowers really do exist."-- School Library Journal 

Biographical Note 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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