The Borrower

The Borrower

[a Novel]

Book - 2011
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Lucy Hull, a young children's librarian in Hannibal, Missouri, finds herself both a kidnapper and kidnapped when her favorite patron, ten-year-old Ian Drake, runs away from home. The precocious Ian is addicted to reading, but needs Lucy's help to smuggle books past his overbearing mother, who has enrolled Ian in weekly antigay classes with celebrity Pastor Bob. Lucy stumbles into a moral dilemma when she finds Ian camped out in the library after hours with a knapsack of provisions and an escape plan. Desperate to save him from Pastor Bob and the Drakes, Lucy allows herself to be hijacked by Ian. The odd pair embarks on a crazy road trip from Missouri to Vermont, with ferrets, an inconvenient boyfriend, and upsetting family history thrown in their path. But is it just Ian who is running away? Who is the man who seems to be on their tail? And should Lucy be trying to save a boy from his own parents?
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2011
ISBN: 9780670022816
Branch Call Number: x
Characteristics: 324 pages ; 22 cm


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Cynthia_N Dec 12, 2016

Enjoyable read with a 1/2 star bump up because the author either was or knows a children's librarian!

WVMLStaffPicks Aug 28, 2014

How can you enjoy a book about a woman who works in the children’s department of the local library when she kidnaps (borrows) a boy? Or is it he who takes her? This quirky, offbeat novel is fun to read. There are lots of references to children’s literature to enjoy along the way. You will need to let yourself go on the adventure to enjoy this story as there are lots of fantastical scenarios and characters that make the whole thing refreshingly different.

Jan 20, 2014

Different, not what I expected. I kept reading to the end but am still not sure what the implied message or point of view was.

JCLBrownM Apr 04, 2013

Lucy Hall is a children's librarian who is practically forced to kidnap her favorite patron, a young boy who she suspects is gay and whose parents are very conservatively religious. Fans of children's literature will have fun with many references to books such as "If you give a librarian a closet...".

Jan 23, 2013

I really enjoyed reading this well-written book. The plot was a little implausible and as I was nearing the end I was thinking that the ending would have to kind of lame, but I was pleasantly surprised.

May 28, 2012

Fun and fresh first novel. The 10 year old Ian character is utterly charming. The whole topic of "gay therapy" and "ex-gay ministries" have been getting attention in the news lately, too, and the APA recognizes them as psychologically abusive. Very book and story-centric, which suited me just fine.

Apr 14, 2012

This book was a bit of a disappointment. The premise was really promising, but the plot moved at a glacial pace and the characters weren't interesting enough in themselves to sustain my interest. I made it to the end of the book out of sheer determination, rather than enjoyment. Ostensibly a book for book lovers, there were some interesting devices used. I liked the little chapters that mirrored aspects of the plot but in the format of different popular children's books, such as Eric Carle's "the Very Hungry Caterpillar." Even the title of the book alluded to another childhood favourite "The Borrowers." The parallels drawn between the main character's father running away from Soviet Russia and her own flight from the small town she lived in broke up an otherwise very slow plot.

Apr 02, 2012

This book has a quirky if far-fetched plot. The characters are great and it definitely appeals to the book lover in me. An entertaining novel but nowhere near the top of my list. Good for whiling away the boredom.

Jan 02, 2012

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It had a quick pace and kept me reading, unfortunately the book slowed down in the last few chapters. Overall very good though.

Nov 05, 2011

An unexpected pleasure to read, the story was interesting and compelling. The characters are well defined and relevant. A great book.

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