The Borrowers

puffin modern classics

Julia Eccleshare, Judith Elkin, Sian Bailey, Mary Norton

No. of pages 256

Great for age 8+
The Borrowers live in the secret places of quiet old houses; behind the mantelpiece, inside the harpsichord, under the kitchen clock. They own nothing, borrow everything, and think that human beings were invented just to do the dirty work. Arrietty's father, Pod, was an expert Borrower. He could scale curtains using a hatpin, and bring back a doll's teacup without breaking it. Girls weren't supposed to go borrowing but as Arrietty was an only child her father broke the rule, and then something happened which changed their lives. She made friends with the human boy living in the house...Starring Robert Sheehan, Aisling Loftus, Christopher Ecclestone, Stephen Fry and Victoria Wood, a brand-new film for the BBC of The Borrowers will be a must-watch Christmas Day special.Film directed by Tom Harper and screenplay written by Ben Vanstone.


The Borrowers by Judith Elkin and Sian Bailey won the Carnegie Award in 1952. It currently has an age rating of 8+ years and a 5 star rating on TheBookSeekers. There are currently no reviews for this book on this site. Click on the + buttons to include your own ratings!

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