This is the only Borrowers book that I have read. When I read this in 6th grade, I couldn't find the first book, so I just read this one, and I never got around to reading the others. Anyway, if you have NOT read the previous book, I suggest you do, because things will make more sense. So, the borrowers- Pod, Homily and Arrietty- used to live inside, but they move into the outdoors for some reason (I forgot why). Overall, this is an ok book. It was pretty decent, but it didn't motivate me to read the other Borrowers books.