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The Borrower by Rebecca Makkai
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Dec 06, 11

Read in December, 2011

I picked up this book from a display at the library and had just begun to look at the blurb when a librarian passing by announced "Oh, you'll love that book, several on our staff have read it and it's great." I can see why she was so enthusiastic. Anyone who has worked with children in the library has probably had a similar experience (though for me it was many years ago) - the child you're concerned about but you know there's not much you can do to help. In this case the librarian is Lucy and the child is Ian. Things get complicated when Ian runs away from home and ends up staying over night in the library. Lucy plans to take him home but somehow forgets they have Ian's address and phone number in their library records, and Ian won't tell her where he lives. Has Lucy kidnapped Ian or has Ian "librarian-napped" Lucy? The farther they stray from home the harder it is to turn back.
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