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The Borrowers Avenged (The Borrowers #5)

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  1,421 ratings  ·  68 reviews
Pod, Homily, and Arrietty escape from the Platters’ attic and set off to an old rectory to begin life anew. “Like her Borrowers, the author is resourceful, inventive, and patient, and her fantasy continues to be totally real and acceptable.”--The Horn Book
Hardcover, 296 pages
Published November 15th 1982 by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (first published 1982)
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So I read this series to my kids over a year and wrote a whole big thing on my blog with pretty photos and Tom Felton references and thoughts about how The Borrowers turned me into a shipper at age six. You can read that here.

MY REVIEW OF THE BORROWERS AVENGED and the series as a whole:

Arrietty Clock is one of the most boy-crazy characters in literary history.

The series is 90 percent description, chapter after chapter describing candle stubs and stick pins and life in a Victorian house. There
I loves me a good book about tiny people who live in big peoples' houses! I pick up a Borrowers book every couple of years just to remind myself how much I LOVED them when I was younger...and how cool it is that the little people find different uses for every day items (the dad's walking stick is a sewing needle, which comes in handy for any numbers of sticky situations)....

The Borrowers Avenged is the perfect conclusion to the Borrowers series. It isn't the picture perfect ending where everyone gets exactly what they want--it's even better. The book ends with a question of whether anyone is every really safe. It's applicable to so many aspects of life and readers of all ages. If you're a young reader you'll be questioning if the borrowers will be able to stay living in the church and rectory without being found by reckless and curious "human beings." Older reader ...more
I think that Mary Norton just lost it by this point. Great borrower hijinks, fun descriptions and imagery, and then a seriously bonkers literary structure. Ghosts are set up quite deliberately and then never actually enter the plot. Why are there the horrifying ghosts of a murder-suicide in the middle of a nominally children's book?

Spiller and Peagreen are set up as romantic rivals for Arietty, and then aluded tension never even arrives, let alone resolves by the end of the series. We spend the
After the lovely "Borrowers Aloft," this book feels superfluous, and worse, out of continuity. Why add another ending book when "Aloft" had such an "end of series" feel? Why does Spiller get so little page time in this book when Arrietty declared her commitment to him in the previous book? I did enjoy the scenes with Peagreen, but overall this book was a disappointment.
An Odd1
Every few pages, delicate line drawings detail a wisp loose from Victorian hair bun, dangling pinafore ribbon, wrinkle, even transparent ghosts. Miss Menzies reports the three Clock residents (careful "born climber" p 61 Pod, fretful Homily, and "fearless" p13 Arrietty) missing from Mr Pott's miniature village to skeptical constable "thin, very soft brown eyes" p1 Pomfret. Yet she fails to confide in Irish-born Kitty Lovelace, who hears little people after weekly church flower arranging with Lad ...more
I did like this book but,I wold only recomend this ook to children.The Borrowers is about the clock family geting caught by Mr and Mrs.Platter.And they have to set out and find a new home so they get on a boat and end up finding a new home in a rectory of a local church.They go down a river barely missing the Platter family who are looking for them.Once they get back to the recory church they end up finding that there is relaives next door.Arietty finds another borrower called Peagreen Overmante ...more
Oh My Bookness
Brittany Perez (Oh My Bookness)_
May 23,2014

A author famously known for classics such as Bed Knob and Broomsticks, Poor Stainless brings another long loving classic tales _The Borrowers. The first book The Borrowers (1952) _follows with four other books in the series, as follows, The Borrowers Afield (1954), The Borrowers Afloat (1959), The Borrowers Aloft (1961), _and lastly The Borrowers Avenged (1982). The Borrowers would later become adapted to screen in a 1997 in a British/American live-acti
Thank god we've finally got through all five books, there were times when I thought I was going to have seek psychiatric help for the two of us ( i was reading it to my son) but through sheer force of will we got there in the end. Sooooo slow, painfully so.
A.R. Collins
Mary Norton writes so well that, for me, no Borrowers book could ever be worth fewer than three stars. The characterisation is brilliantly realised, the stories engaging and the dialogue pitch perfect. This instalment was no exception. I was a little disappointed with it as a conclusion to the series, as it lacked the pace and excitement of books three and four, where I felt the series picked up after the first two books. One thing that particularly interested me was Arriety's planning and hopin ...more
The last of the Borrowers books and not the best and not the worst.
Karen Field
This is the fifth and final book in the series. Firstly, after the disappointment of the previous book, I started this one with low expectations. However, it turned out to be much better than I thought it would be and I enjoyed it.

The story picks up where the previous one left off (as do all the books) and we follow the family to their new life at the rectory. Arrietty’s aunt and uncle have moved into the church next door and we meet a new character, Pea Green, who is already living in the recto
This is the final installment of The Borrowers series and i have to say this one here has really brought the series round for me in a good way.

In this book Arrietty and her family are finally able to borrow again in a house. They meet another Borrower along the way, Peagren, which if my memory serves correctly in the movie version Peagren is actually Arriettys brother and played by Tom Felton.

There is also the ending of the long running story between the humans, the Potters especially and i real
I think I understand now why this one always seemed a little darker to me as a child. It's something that I'm positive I never noticed in those days, and that would be the not-really-subtle allusion to Lady Mullings' psychic abilities. Add three ghosts that dwell in the building where the Clocks live, and you have a duly creepy spiritualistic angle that could just as well have been left out, it seems. At least the ghost part would have had no direct effect on the plot were it missing. Anyway.

Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
In the final (at last) episode of the Borrowers saga, the strangest thing is the chronology of events. I suppose it's understandable, since the first volume was published in 1952, Vol 4 (Aloft) in 1961, and Vol 5 didn't come out until 1982--a gap of 19 real-time years. But within the context of the story, from the time the Clocks were forced out of Firbank's under kitchen to the time they were kidnapped by the Platters was about a year. They were then held hostage in the attic (over the winter,c ...more
Una Rose
The final book of this wonderful children series. Its ending was sweet, happy, although a little dark and not entirely satisfactory. It does leave you wondering about the end story of this beloved tiny family, their relatives and friends. Its like waiting for a letter from a pen friend who never writes again. Perhaps that was the authors plan. Whatever the case, this book leaves plenty for the imagination and that is also, I'm sure, the authors intent.
The was a lot to offer in this whole series. Admittedly, yes, the books are a bit sexist and a definite bigotry toward gypsies that should make you cringe. But if you ignore those flaws bit (and maybe attribute them to the era in which the original book was written, sigh), you'll find a lot of fun in the whole series: following the adventures of these little people as they try to make a life living just out of sight of human "beans". Norton does a good job imagining how the world would appear if ...more
This last book has ghosts in it. Not entirely sure why? It talks about how the humans don't like to live in the house because of the ghosts so that makes it a safe place to live, so it sort of makes sense. But then there is one chapter out of the 23 (or something) chapters where they talk about the 3 ghosts that live in the house. Short little snippets that I guess are supposed to help young readers to see that the ghosts don't interfere with the borrowers but it still leaves things kind of cree ...more
Christy Reed
This book, the last, was my least favorite. It was still very good, it just felt like the story line dragged a little (but then, considering it's also the longest, it could just be the length difference made it more difficult to keep it as interesting). After moving house again, they meet another friend, renew some old acquaintances, and run into old foes. All in all, it was a pretty good conclusion to the series.
Not a very satisfying end to the series, somehow. It's nice to end with the Borrowers all set up in a new home, but the Platters aren't really satisfactorily got rid of, and Miss Menzies doesn't (yet?) have closure about the Borrowers, and we don't know if Arriety and Spiller ever get together...

All the setting up home stuff reads a bit like a happily ever after, and yet it's unsatisfying, because so little happens. And again, like the fourth book, it's not a story being told anymore, but is pre
Amber the Human
In some ways, I don't think this book was necessary. The last, Aloft, did feel like a last book. Except that we don't know where The Borrowers were going to end up. So it is nice to see them gain a home that looks to be permanent. Of course, things get a bit crazy in the end, but that's how all children's books are, essentially.
This final adventure of the borrowers is full of the ingenuity and industry it takes to create a comfortable home, secure and essentially invisible to their human hosts. They find a valuable asset in Peagreen, a young borrower whose creativity rivals both Pod's in engineering, and Arriety's in the arts. The Clock family also has to renew their standards of sociability with the neighboring borrowers, now that they are no long living in isolation.

The human factor continues to pose a threat, as it
It was a really enjoyable, really adventurous and really fast-paced children's fantasy novel sequel. It had really well-drawn illustrations, great characters, really thrilling adventure and a really good story. This one is just as good as the other "The Borrowers" books. It was a great ending of "The Borrowers" book series. I really recommend this book to "The Borrowers" fans.
JD Estrada
Truth be told, the entire series is trying to match the original's wonder and although this final installment is a lovely read, it fell just short once again. The writing is wonderful and again, the inventiveness of Mary Norton in this magical minuscule world is a delight.

You get to see Timmus again, which was a highlight from past installments but in the end, the main thing is that it adds another soft ending to the series.

You get to loathe the Platters a bit more, though that's an easy feat.
Susan Susan
This is wonderful book I read as a child a tiny world living in the mice holes of the house….totally engrossing
Shellys♥ Journal
This is the last book in the Borrowers saga. There was a lot of good things that happened in the book - the little family we've been following since book 1 has finally gotten resettled, and more borrowers are around. But for the last book in the series, I wanted more closure for the characters - even implied closure would have been good.

My kids did love having this read to them, and have vowed to read it again for themselves when they are older. I loved this because it wasn't dark or magical li
A curious conclusion to the series, published 21 years after what was intended to be the concluding book, The Borrowers Aloft. The Clock family finally find a permanent home, and the descriptions of their innovations are fascinating as always. We meet a new borrower, a possible love interest for Arrietty. The Hendrearies reappear. And the Mr and Mrs Platter thread which dangled at the end of The Borrowers Aloft is tied up eventually. Unfortunately I found this book a bit of a hard slog; I kept t ...more
I was rather disappointed in the just sort of stopped. It seems like maybe she intended to finish the story in another book but never did.
I love the borrowers series! I'm sad that the series is finished, but Mary Norton had to stop somewhere. I looked to see if she had written a 6th book in the series but she did not. Book 5 came out in 1982 ( she started the series in the 60's) I love how they finally settle down and they are near to Aunt Luppy and Tidmos (not sure how to spell his name, sorry) The room under the window sill sounds wonderful, I can see why Arritety liked it. Anyway Mary Norton did a wonderful job with the series ...more
I can't think, offhand, of another series in which I wish the author had stopped before writing one more sequel. . .
This story disappointed me in so many ways. I read it and recommended that my daughter NOT read it, lest this one story spoil the whole series for her. Not only is it dull and rambling, but the classic characters I loved in the first four books have changed, in themselves and in their relationships to each other. The take-away feeling is depressing and rather dark.
Definitely not wo
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Mary Norton (née Pearson) was an English children's author. She was the daughter of a physician, and was raised in a Georgian house at the end of the High Street in Leighton Buzzard. The house now consists of part of Leighton Middle School, known within the school as The Old House, and was reportedly the setting of her novel The Borrowers. She married Robert C. Norton in 1927 and had four children ...more
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