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The Indian in the Cupboard

The Indian in the Cupboard

Series: Indian in the Cupboard (Book #1)
by Lynne Reid Banks Illustrated by Brock Cole

When Omri's big brother has no birthday present for him, he gives Omri an old wooden medicine cabinet he's found. The cabinet doesn't seem like much of a present to nine-year-old Omri, until he deposits inside it another present he receives for his birthday: a miniature plastic Indian. His mother comes up with a key for the cabinet, and the real magic begins. When Omri turns the key once, the Indian, named Little Bear, comes alive; but turn the key a second time and it's an ordinary plastic Indian again.

Author Lynne Reid Banks effectively blends the common elements of everyday life with utterly believable fantasy. The first book in this best-selling series enchants readers, while at the same time, reminding them of the responsibilities that accompany friendship and love. Omri's heart-wrenching decision to send his Indian back to its own world, bring up issues of separation for both parents and children alike.

8, 9, 10
Interest Level
Grades 3 - 5
Grade Level Equivalent
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading
Number of Pages
Adventure, Series, Fantasy, Science Fiction and Fantasy

About the Author and Illustrator

Lynne Reid Banks
Brock Cole Brock Cole's novels include "The Goats," "Celine," and "The Facts Speak for Themselves," a finalist for the National Book Award. His picture books include Buttons, a Boston Globe/Horn Book Awad Honor Book.

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