The Indian in the Cupboard

The Indian in the Cupboard

3.92 (103,288 ratings by Goodreads)
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3.92 (103,288 ratings by Goodreads)

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Full of magic and appealing characters, this classic novel takes readers on a remarkable adventure.

It's Omri's birthday, but all he gets from his best friend, Patrick, is a little plastic Indian toy. Trying to hide his disappointment, Omri puts the Indian in a metal cupboard and locks the door with a mysterious skeleton key that once belonged to his great-grandmother. Little does Omri know that by turning the key, he will transform his ordinary plastic Indian into a real live man from an altogether different time and place! Omri and the tiny warrior called Little Bear could hardly be more different, yet soon the two forge a very special friendship. Will Omri be able to keep Little Bear without anyone finding out and taking his precious Indian from him?
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Product details

  • 9-12
  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 132 x 192 x 13mm | 160g
  • Yearling (imprint of Random House Children's Books)
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0375847537
  • 9780375847530
  • 6,519

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A young man receives two presents that will change his life: a plastic miniature Indian that...
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Skyhigh fantasy that will enthrall readers.--Publishers Weekly

Best novel of the year (1981).--The New York Times.

Rebecca Caudill Young Reader's Book Award, California Young Reader Medal, Pacific Northwest Young Readers Choice Award, A Virginia Young Readers Award.
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About Lynne Reid Banks

Lynne Reid Banks was evacuated from England to Canada during World War II, and she then returned to England in 1945 to study for the stage. She later became a freelance journalist and playwright and in 1955 became the first female TV news reporter. She has written many books for children, teenagers, and adults, including the bestselling The Indian in the Cupboard adventures.
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Rating details

3.92 out of 5 stars
- 103,288 ratings
5 34% (34,657)
4 35% (35,705)
3 25% (25,342)
2 5% (5,641)
1 2% (1,943)
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