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It’s time to head to the movies again!

The Borrowers, written by Mary Norton, is the first in a series of children’s fantasy novels.  Her book won the Carnegie Medal and was selected as one of the ten most important children’s novels of the past 70 years.  The magic of Studio Ghibli & Disney has now brought this book to life on-screen.  We’re excited to be giving away family four-packs of tickets to 5 members in each of the cities below to attend an advance screening of the movie before it releases nationwide on February 17, 2012. 





 Here’s the story…..Residing quietly beneath the floorboards are little people who live undetected in a secret world to be discovered, where the smallest may stand tallest of all.  From the legendary Studio Ghibli (“Spirited Away,” “Ponyo”) comes “The Secret World of Arrietty,” an animated adventure based on Mary Norton’s acclaimed children’s book series “The Borrowers.”

Arrietty (voice of Bridgit Mendler), a tiny, but tenacious 14-year-old, lives with her parents (voices of Will Arnett and Amy Poehler) in the recesses of a suburban garden home, unbeknownst to the homeowner and her housekeeper (voice of Carol Burnett). Like all little people, Arrietty (AIR-ee-ett-ee) remains hidden from view, except during occasional covert ventures beyond the floorboards to “borrow” scrap supplies like sugar cubes from her human hosts. But when 12-year-old Shawn (voice of David Henrie), a human boy who comes to stay in the home, discovers his mysterious housemate one evening, a secret friendship blossoms. If discovered, their relationship could drive Arrietty’s family from the home and straight into danger. The English language version of “The Secret World of Arrietty” was executive produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall, and directed by Gary Rydstrom. The film hits theaters Feb. 17, 2012.


Check the list below to find out if you live in one of the designated cities and can attend on the specified date and time. If one of these cities is near you, click the link near the bottom to enter the drawing.


Saturday, February 11, 10:00am

Burbank, CA  91502

New York, NY  10028

Philadelphia, PA  19106

Denver, CO  80202

Bloomington, MN  55425

Fenton, MO  63126


Saturday, February 11, 10:30am

Silver Spring, MD  20910

Seattle, WA  98125

Phoenix, AZ  85050

Sacramento, CA  95834


Saturday, February 11, 11:00am

Houston, TX  77027

Alpharetta, GA  30022

San Antonio, TX  78216


Monday, February 13, 7:00pm

Chicago, IL  60611

Harahan, LA  70123


If you do, lucky you!  Just click the link below, complete the questions and you’ll be entered in a random drawing to receive a family four-pack of tickets.  Winners will be contacted via email and then emailed or mailed their prize tickets, depending on location.

Click here to enter the drawing.

Fine print: No purchase necessary. Entries must be received by 2/1/2012. 5 lucky members in each participating city will be randomly selected and contacted via email to receive a family four-pack of tickets. Full screening details and admission information will be on the pass. Date, time and theatre subject to change.


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7 Responses to “It’s time to head to the movies again!”

  1. Sianeka N Hollywood, CA says:

    Hope to win passes!

  2. Heather F. (AZmom875) says:

    I live in Phoenix, I want to go.

  3. Hope C. says:

    Can’t wait

  4. Rachael P. (avatresarmy) says:

    Ive seen it. Its a really cute movie.

  5. (ksrahsrah) , says:

    We are always looking for good movies for the family to watch
    together. We have our fingers crossed!

  6. Andrea B. (emotionalnirvana) says:

    Awww these are amazing ,sadly not near me, Good Luck Everyone!!!

  7. Sarah M. (Bookish2021) says:

    I want to thank paperbackswap.com for the opportunity to go see this delightful film! I’m a big Studio Ghibli fan, but I admit I wasn’t wowed with the last two films (Tales from Earthsea and Ponyo were beautiful, but the pacing was just so incredibly slooooow). The Secret World of Arrietty almost ran into the opposite problem- it was short and I didn’t want it to end! The Secret World of Arrietty is a return to form for Studio Ghibli- colorful characters, gorgeous visuals, and fantastic stories. The American voice over work is fabulous (Carol Burnett is a RIOT as the housekeeper- you could tell she was having a good time in the studio!). With only some minor perilous situations and one scene with a mature theme (the sick boy with the heart condition talks about dying), it’s great for kids, but adults will enjoy the visuals and story as well. It’s a good film that will get kids talking and asking questions, and maybe get them interested in reading books like The Borrowers or Indian in the Cupboard. Great film- thank you very much paperbackswap!

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