You know how little things mysteriously go missing? How you can’t find a paper clip or a rubber band or a safety pin when you need one? That’s because of the Borrowers, tiny people who live in the basements or attics or holes in the walls of our houses. They own nothing of their own. All that they have they “borrow” from us.
Borrowers are very rare these days. They have been forced out of many of their hiding places. But you can read about one family of them in a book called The Borrowers, by Mary Norton. It tells the story of Pod, Homily, and little Arietty, who lived down under a big old house in England. They lived well, except for their one great fear: beingseen by the people in the main house. One day, a boy did see them. This book tells what happened.
Jeanne DuPrau is the bestselling author of the City of Ember series, which includes The City of Ember, The People of Sparks, The Diamond of Darkhold, and The Prophet of Yonwood. Her books have garnered numerous awards, and have appeared on more than thirty state lists. The City of Ember was made into a feature movie in 2008. Jeanne lives in Menlo Park, California. Find her at jeanneduprau.com. Jeanne’s latest Escape the Vortex: Voyagers #5 will be available May 5th at your local Books Inc.!