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The Indian in the Cupboard series is a series of five fantasy novels, written by Lynne Reid Banks. The original book, The Indian in the Cupboard, was published in 1980, and four more novels followed, with the final book published in 1998. All five books follow the story of Omri, a normal boy, and Little Bull, an Iroquois Indian, a plastic toy who comes to life. A film adaptation of the first book was released in 1995, but due to its relatively poor performance at the box office, plans to adapt further books in the series were dropped.

What could be better than a magic cupboard that turns small toys into living creatures? Omri's big brother has no birthday present for him, so he gives Omri an old medicine cabinet he's found. Although their mother supplies a key, the cabinet still doesn't seem like much of a present. But when an exhausted Omri dumps a plastic toy Indian into the cabinet just before falling asleep, the magic begins. Turn the key once and the toy comes alive; turn it a second time and it's an action figure again. But, wonderful as it as, having one of your toys come to life has dramatic consequences for Omri...

Books in the Series

  1. The Indian in the Cupboard (1980)
  2. The Return of the Indian (1985)
  3. The Secret of the Indian (1989)
  4. The Mystery of the Cupboard (1992)
  5. The Key to the Indian (1998)

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Parental guidance

  • Reading age: 10+
  • Reading aloud age: 9+

There is some mild violence in the stories. The cupboard turns plastic figures into live beings – although how the cupboard does this is left unexplored.

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