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"Like the truly great writers of fantasy, Mary Norton is truly original and persuasive."--The New York Times Book Review

About the Author

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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Series: Borrowers (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (April 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152047336
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152047337
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.5 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #259,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A 9-year old reader on July 16, 2001
Format: Paperback
One time I saw a movie it was called The Borrowers. I thought it might be a little bit like the book. I thought it would be about borrowers who were on the river in a teapot. The cover gave a large hint. Borrowers are tiny people only about six inches high. Borrowers can not live without people. A family of three borrowers are living inside of a cotige wall,then the owners suddenly move out. There is one place called Little Fordham where borrowers live so they set out to find it. There were some parts that were slow but it got better toward the end. If you like books with little people mabye you want try it?
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 30, 2000
Format: Paperback
I liked this book alot. It kept me very interested. There were some funny parts but mainly exciting adventures. This is a good book for a second or third grader. I am in second grade.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 29, 2002
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In this book, "The borrowers afloat" the Clocks once again venture out of a their brand new (rundown) house. This is their 3rd house in the 3rd book. This book tells how they manage "afloat" to get away from the empty cotttage, and "SPECIAL" relatives. Will they get to their dream house?
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. J. Lambert on January 24, 2006
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Long before there were Littles or anyone shrunk their children, Mary Norton had written this warm and wonderful series about a race of tiny people who live hidden in quiet country houses and "borrow" their livings from the human inhabitants. Their lives depend on remaining unseen and unsuspected.

But little Arietty Clock, who lives with her parents (Pod and Homily) is a naturally curious girl and lonely besides. When, on her very first trip out to Borrow ("The Borrowers," 1952), she is "seen" by a little human boy, she becomes friends with him and sets off a chain of events that will threaten her family's very existence -- and make staying in their home beneath the kitchen floorboards impossible.

In this third tale (1959), Pod, Homily and Arietty are forced once more to move when their new home, the gamekeeper's cottage, is closed. They begin the search for Little Fordham, a mythical miniature village where they can live in safety under the noses of human tourists. Their journey takes them first down a drainhole with tidal waves of bathwater; then downstream in a rusted-out kettle and in Spiller's "boat" (a knifebox with a butter-knife paddle). It is a dangerous journey for such tiny people, and the crisis comes when their boat sinks and a human discovers them stranded on a heap of flotsam in the middle of the river. Once more, they must adapt and overcome if they are to survive long enough to begin a new life in Little Fordham.

With her "Borrowers" series, Mary Norton accomplished what few writers are able to do: she created a group of characters that become real through her words; and a fantasy world that is so realistic that readers young and old will be lost in it, and will look at their own world differently forever after.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kurt A. Johnson TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 21, 2013
Format: Paperback
In this, the third book in the Borrowers series (after The Borrowers, and The Borrowers Afield), the Clocks (Pod, Homily and Arrietty) find that they must leave the safety of their new house and venture forth once again into the great big world. Setting their sights on Little Fordham, a miniature model town, the Clocks follow young Spiller out. But the world is a dangerous place for someone as small as a Borrower, and their voyage is filled with excitement.

Once again, Marty Norton has produced a story that is a lot of fun. Containing both plenty of adventure with a heartwarming story. My children and I loved this story, and you and yours will too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jill on February 18, 2013
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It's a good book for 2,3,4 grades but l love this book!!!
But I have a complaint for who are reading this I have a recommendation that you should read the end carefully or you might not understand. But it's a great book for kids. I'm 10 yrs old and in 4th grade and its a good book.
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This is Mary Norton's third installment in The Borrowers series. Pod, Homily, and Arrietty Clock have found their missing relatives and made a new home inside the house of another family of "human beans". Unfortunately (or in the adventurous Arrietty's eyes fortunately) difficulties arise and once again the Clocks have to flee. This story features some of Mary Norton's most ingenious imaginings about the borrowers and how they deal with life as tiny creatures in a world of giants. Once again, the small family triumphs and avoids possible discovery and imprisonment, hoping to make a new life in new surroundings.

Unfortunately, Norton sometimes failed to correct contradictory plotlines and tie up some loose ends that more observant children will spot and puzzle over. But that may be a good thing, as it helps readers understand more about the evolving world of the borrowers as its creator saw it. Also unfortunately, Norton framed the main story line with material about more modern human beans learning about the borrowers, but this does not intrude on the fantasy too heavily.
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By Sue Meserow on July 11, 2014
Format: Paperback
One of my favorites from days gone by!
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