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The Borrowers Avenged Paperback – April 1, 2003

4.4 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews
Book 5 of 5 in the Borrowers Series

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"Like her Borrowers the author is resourceful, inventive, and patient. . . . Her fantasy continues to be totally real and totally acceptable."--The Horn Book

Book Description

First published in 1982
Previous paperback edition 1990
0-15-210532-8
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Series: Borrowers (Book 5)
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (April 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 015204731X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152047313
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.7 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,340 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book was undoubtedly not intended to be the last in the series, but unfortunately it was. The book left several very important characters at odds in the end it a disheartening way. If I had to do it over again, I would have stopped the series with The Borrower's Aloft. Other than this story, the rest of the series by Mary Norton was a delightful addition to our family's storytime.
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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 fifth and last tale of the Borrowers' adventures (written in 1982, decades after the previous four), the Clock family have escaped their captors and moved from the lovely miniature village at Little Fordham to the rectory in the human village of Fordham. Their relatives have taken up residence in the church, and they share the rectory itself with an artistic type of Borrower, Peagreen, who was crippled as a child when he fell off a shelf. But their adventures are not over. The Platters, those terrible humans who imprisoned them in the fourth book in order to make their fortune by displaying them to the public, are back: and just as desperate to find Arietty and her family as ever. In the hair-raising climax, Arietty watches, breathless, as the Platters ransack the church looking for Borrowers. Will she and her friends and relations, Arietty wonders, never be left in peace?
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By A Customer on May 27, 1999
Format: Paperback
Just to set everyone straight, this book is NOT based on the campy, sellout movie "The Borrowers." The movie should be renounced by all true fans, as it is a badly done attempt at commercializing on Mary Norton's brilliant ideas. Anyway, "The Borrowers Avenged" was written more than ten years before the Borrowers movie. It continues the story of Pod, Homily, and Arrietty, as they finally settle into an old rectory. It raises important questions about the future--(who will Arrietty marry, Spiller or Peagreen? I tend to think Peagreen.), but as all good Norton stories, gives you room to decide for yourself.
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Why is it some authors just don't know when to stop? They'll write something wonderful, and in Mary Norton's case, 3 sequels that actually keep the story moving to a satisfying conclusion. Then, years later, oh hell I'll just knock out one more to ensure the grandkids have the cash, and a piece of crap like this falls out.

I love The Borrowers as a child, and the three books that followed. This last book is not anywhere near the same quality or magical writing style of the others. Don't foist this on your kids. Stick with the first four.
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Twenty years after the publication of The Borrowers Aloft Mary Norton surprised and delighted her fans with The Borrowers Avenged. Pod, Homily, and Arrietty Clock, having escaped their captors, have once again fled and are now making a new home for themselves, this time in an old rectory near a beautiful old church in an English village. Most of the characters from the older books, both borrower and "human bean" return in this episode, along with some new and very appealing ones.

Probably because of the long gap between this book and its predecessors, the tone seems somewhat darker and more thoughtful. Elements of religion and the supernatural are introduced for the first time, and for the first time the fact that the story is taking place in the early twentieth century is nailed down for certain. The last chapters seem a bit equivocal and leave the reader with the sense that Norton planned at least one more adventure for the borrowers, but sadly she died before getting it written. Nevertheless these five tales will please their readers, and those who first meet the borrowers as children will find that they are just as appealing when they read the stories again as adults.
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I read the first four Borrowers books years ago but missed this one because it was published so much later. What a delight to read more about the Borrowers!

This is a classic English-village story, set in that golden moment just before World War I that is so cherished by English writers. Yes, it does spend more time with "human beans" than the earlier books, but that reflects the Borrowers' increased level of interaction with "bean" activities.

Another reviewer's comment about this last volume being "darker" than the earlier ones led me to speculate about parallels between this series and the Harry Potter books, which are also criticized for getting darker. In each, there is a hidden population living among the English. They are no smarter, really, than the Beans or Muggles, but they are different in one important way: here, size, and there, magical ability. This different population does the same essential things (eating, dressing, growing up) as standard English people but with a twist. The story makes the reader examine the lifestyle and society that a child might take for granted. It's a great vehicle for social satire and commentary.

I wonder, though, if the popularity of this idea (hidden strangers among us) may be due in part to a growing understanding that the golden age of tweedy, genteel English uniformity was always a myth. There have always been "different" populations, people of other religions or races or physical abilities who kept their own customs out of the public eye. Beans and Muggles -- the dominant population -- tend to live in ignorance of the diverse community around them until clever writers bring the truth to their attention through fiction.
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