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The Borribles, by Michael de Larrabeiti (cover of book one in the new ebook trilogy)

The Borribles, by Michael de Larrabeiti (cover of book one in the new ebook trilogy)

Every child should read Michael de Larrabeiti’s The Borribles books before they hit the age of 10. It’s a wonderful glimpse into what can happen to those children who refuse to grow up, who are judged and found wanting, who fall between the cracks somehow; gradually, they become Borribles, a kind of urban feral pixie, about the same size as a human child, who lives for the thrill of the chase, for their communities (see the quote in this post’s title, from the Borrible Book of Proverbs, and, above all, for not being caught; they require only enough material possessions as help them to keep alive, which possessions are usually stolen, and they do not use or covet money. They must earn their names through their great adventures. To be caught by the police is to have your pointed ears snipped, and thus to grow up. The Borrible life is what I wish the Lost Boys could have had when they chose to return to London. (more…)

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