Lynne Reid Banks - Author

About the Author

Lynne Reid Banks has written a number of books for children and young adults. Her children's books include The Adventures of King Midas; The Farthest-Away Mountain; Maura's Angel; The Indian in the Cupboard, recently made into a major Hollywood film; Return of the Indian; The Fairy Rebel; and The Magic Hare. Her books for teenagers include One More River, Sarah and After, My Darling Villain, The Writing on the Wall, Melusine: A Mystery and Broken Bridge. In addition, she has written two historical books about Israel: Letters to My Israeli Sons and Torn Country.

Featured books by Lynne Reid Banks

Other books by Lynne Reid Banks

Indian in the Cupboard Complete Collection (The Indian in the Cupboard; Return of the Indian; Secret of the Indian; The Mystery of the Cupboard; Key to the Indian)

Indian in the Cupboard Complete Collection (The Indian in the Cupboard; Return of the Indian; Secret of the Indian; The Mystery of the Cupboard; Key to the Indian)

Author: Lynne Reid Banks Format: eBook Release Date: 18/12/2014

Complete 5 book set of The Indian in the Cupboard collection including, THE INDIAN IN THE CUPBOARD, RETURN OF THE INDIAN, SECRET OF THE INDIAN, THE MYSTERY OF THE CUPBOARD, KEY TO THE INDIANAll five books in the bestselling, best-loved Indian in the Cupboard collection about Omri and his plastic North American Indian - Little Bull - who comes alive:At first, Omri is unimpressed with the plastic Indian toy he is given for his birthday. But when he puts it in his old cupboard and locks the door with a very special key, Omri's life suddenly changes. When he meets Little Bull things are never really the same again . . .

Uprooted - A Canadian War Story

Uprooted - A Canadian War Story

Author: Lynne Reid Banks Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/08/2014

From the author of The Indian in the Cupboard and The L-Shaped Room comes a fascinating story of a wartime childhood, heavily influenced by her own experience. In 1940 as war rages across Europe, ten-year-old Lindy waves goodbye to England and makes the long journey to Saskatoon, Canada, along with her mother and her cousin Cameron. They may be far from the war but they are also far from home and everyone they know and love. Life in Canada is very different but it is also full of exciting new adventures... This captivating story is inspired by Lynne Reid Banks' own childhood experience and her time in Canada.

Uprooted - A Canadian War Story

Uprooted - A Canadian War Story

Author: Lynne Reid Banks Format: eBook Release Date: 28/08/2014

From the author of The Indian in the Cupboard and The L-Shaped room comes a fascinating story of a wartime childhood, heavily influenced by her own experience.In 1940 as war rages across Europe, ten-year-old Lindy, waves goodbye to England and makes the long journey to Saskatoon, Canada, along with her Mother and her cousin Cameron. They may be far from the war but they are also far from home and everyone they know and love. Life in Canada is very different but it is also full of exciting new adventures...This captivating story is inspired by Lynne Reid Banks' own childhood experience and her time in Canada.

Harry the Poisonous Centipede Goes to Sea

Harry the Poisonous Centipede Goes to Sea

Author: Lynne Reid Banks Format: eBook Release Date: 02/01/2014

Harry the Poisonous Centipede is now quite brave, but nothing can prepare him for this next adventure! He and best friend George are lost in a new and even scarier no-top world. Far from home, across the no-end puddle, they must negotiate a strange treeless cold desert, a Nest of Hoo-Mins, lots of noise-hurt and terrifying hairy-yowlers!Harry woke up first. The straight-up-hard thing was jiggling. It was moving."e;What's happening?"e; asked George in alarm."e;I don't know. We're moving."e; Harry replied."e;Where are we? We're not where we were last night!"e; crackled George."e;I told you! This is a can't -get-out!"e;Harry and George face the toughest adventure yet when they are shipped West in a crate of bananas. Far across the no-end puddle, miles away from home, they must find a way to survive the bitter cold and hide from the hundreds of Hoo-Mins do-diddling around them. They run away as fast as they can, but inadvertently squirm into a Hoo-Min Nest and come face to face with a hairy-yowler!All Harry wants is to go home to his mother, and tell her how much he warm-hearts her before her time comes to "e;stop"e;. But before they can even start the perilous journey home, they must escape the Nest and go out into the no-top world. Yet this particular Hoo-Min is fascinated by insects, and wants nothing more than to add some poisonous centipedes to his collection...

Harry the Poisonous Centipede

Harry the Poisonous Centipede

Author: Lynne Reid Banks Format: eBook Release Date: 02/01/2014

Reissue into the First Modern Classic livery of this delightfully squirmy story starring Harry the Poisonous Centipede in a scary world of flying swoopers, furry biters and the dreaded Hoo-Mins! With wonderful humour and brilliant illustrations by award-winning artist Tony Ross, this is the perfect book for wriggly young readers."e;It's a Hoo-Min!"e; crackled George. "e;Walking on its hairy-biter feet!"e;But now it was Harry who felt brave. "e;Come on! Let's peep at it!"e;They crawled the rest of the way up the tunnel towards the light.Harry is a poisonous centipede but he's not very brave. Still, he is the star of this seriously squirmy story. Harry likes to eat things that wriggle and crackle, and things that are juicy and munchy! But there are some things that a poisonous centipede must never try to eat - dangerous things like flying swoopers, belly wrigglers, furry biters and the most dangerous of all... Hoo-Mins!Harry and George's adventures up to the world of Hoo-Mins sparkle with fun and will be a delightfully squirmy experience for all young readers.

Harry the Poisonous Centipede's Big Adventure

Harry the Poisonous Centipede's Big Adventure

Author: Lynne Reid Banks Format: eBook Release Date: 02/01/2014

Another deliciously squirmy story about Harry the Poisonous Centipede, with all Lynne Reid Banks's usual charm and humour. Tony Ross's wonderful illustrations perfectly capture the small world of Harry and his friend George, as they get taken prisoner by the Hoo-Mins...Harry the poisonous centipede and his friend, George, are captured by the dreaded Hoo-Mins. How on earth can they escape from their hard-air prisons? Glass jars are too hard to climb, they're too slippery, and the holes in the top are small. But when the Not-So-Big-Hoo-Min's Mother accidentally knocks over two glass jars that happen to be holding a scorpion and a tarantula, all hell breaks loose... Harry and George seize the opportunity to escape - but just as they make for home, they are dived on by the biggest 'flying-swooper' they've ever seen and dumped in the ocean... how will they survive? This is just the start of Harry's adventures as he encounters the marine centipedes who turn out to be very unpleasant little creatures indeed!

Indian In The Cupboard

Indian In The Cupboard

Author: Lynne Reid Banks Format: eBook Release Date: 02/01/2014

A tale of magic and responsibility, read by Richard E. GrantFor Omri, it is a dream come true when the plastic American Indian he locks into the old cupboard comes to life. Little Bull is everything an Indian brave should be - proud, fearless and defiant. But being in charge of a real, live, human being is a heavy responsibility, as Omri soon discovers. And when his best friend, Patrick, is let in on the secret, he soon realises that life-changing decisions lie ahead.

Harry the Poisonous Centipede's Big Adventure

Harry the Poisonous Centipede's Big Adventure

Author: Lynne Reid Banks Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/07/2012

Another deliciously squirmy story about Harry the Poisonous Centipede, with all of Lynne Reid Banks's usual charm and humour. Tony Ross's wonderful illustrations perfectly capture the small world of Harry. `Suddenly the most awful thing happened. Something tightened around Harry's middle! He almost jumped into the air with fright...' When Harry the poisonous centipede's best friend, George, goes missing, Harry goes to find him. But dangerous things lurk outside his nest-tunnel, like flying swoopers, belly crawlers, furry biters and - most terrifying of all - Hoo-Mins!

Indian in the Cupboard Series

Indian in the Cupboard Series

Author: Lynne Reid Banks Format: eBook Release Date: 03/07/2012

Acclaimed New York Times selected "e;best book of the year,"e; The Indian in the Cupboard, joins The Return of the Indian, and The Secret of the Indian for this eomni special. With magical and fantastical elements, these three extraordinary novels have withstood the test of time to become beloved classics. Young readers are drawn to the endearing characters, the fast-paced and convincingly portrayed action, and themes of friendship, responsibility, and burgeoning independence. This eomni edition will surely take a prominent place on everyone's virtual bookshelves!

Tiger, Tiger

Tiger, Tiger

Author: Lynne Reid Banks Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/04/2012

Two tigers. One city. Two very different lives. A compelling story about friendship, brotherhood and battling against the odds. In Ancient Rome Caesar is almighty and his power is played out in the gladiatorial arena, where animals and men are baited, challenged and destroyed. Two tiger cubs have been kidnapped from the jungle. One is tamed and de-clawed for pampered life as an exotic pet for Aurelia, Caesar's daughter, but the other is cruelly caged and made even more brutal, trained to fight and kill. Princess Aurelia loves her pet tiger, Boots, and grows ever more fond of his keeper, Julius. But when a childish prank goes awry, Boots escapes. Furious Caesar sentences Julius to death in the arena... and Boots is to face the same fate. So the two tigers are reunited in the gladiatorial ring, one a cosseted pet, the other a vicious predator. In a world dominated by Caesar's will, all must fight for freedom.

BAD CAT, GOOD CAT

BAD CAT, GOOD CAT

Author: Lynne Reid Banks Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/07/2011

The stellar partnership who brought you Harry the Poisonous Centipede are back together. This is the funny story of a very naughty cat, from bestselling author Lynne Reid Banks and award winning illustrator Tony Ross Cats aren't there for people, people are there for cats. At least that's how Turk believes things should be. He takes every liberty with his family, while Peony is a model of good-catliness - until she falls under Turk's spell. Should cats be good or bad? They find out when they are left to fend for themselves after their humans are tricked into going on holiday without them. A wonderful animal adventure

The Backward Shadow

The Backward Shadow

Author: Lynne Reid Banks Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/11/2010

Jane has had her baby and is living along with him in a country cottage. Her idyllic time there is soon complicated by the arrival of Toby, the love of her life, and her friend Dorothy. The two women start up a shop in the village, and it is their changing fortunes and feelings for the men on whom so much of their lives are staked which form the core of this funny and vivdly-told novel. The Backward Shadow is a worthy sequel to The L-Shaped Room

Two Is Lonely

Two Is Lonely

Author: Lynne Reid Banks Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/11/2010

Jane's son David is eight years old and Jane is filled with doubts as he grows up without a father. Toby, her first love, has gone to Israel after the collapse of his marriage to Melissa. Then there is Andy, close at hand, a complex personality with his own problem son. In the background is Terry, David's father, an amorphous shadow hanging over them. This intense, compassionate novel completes the the trilogy which began with The L-Shaped Room,

I, Houdini

I, Houdini

Author: Lynne Reid Banks Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/03/2010

Houdini is no ordinary hamster. He is an escapologist with an exceptional talent for getting out of cages and urge to escape leads him to all kinds of adventures... New edition published into the First Modern Classics list, fantastic stories for young readers. He may look like a small, furry pet, but really he is a Wild Creature - a freedom-loving hamster with a life-long passion for escape and a yearning for the Great Outside, leaving chaos and destruction as he goes. He tells his hilarious adventures with great intelligence and no modesty - for the world beyond carpets and floorboards can be a terrifying place...

The Indian in the Cupboard

The Indian in the Cupboard

Author: Lynne Reid Banks Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/04/2009

The Indian in the Cupboard is the first of five gripping books about Omri and his plastic North American Indian - Little Bull - who comes alive when Omri puts him in a cupboard For Omri, it is a dream come true when the plastic American Indian he locks into the old cupboard comes to life. Little Bull is everything an Indian brave should be - proud, fearless and defiant. But being in charge of a real, live, human being is a heavy responsibility, as Omri soon discovers. And when his best friend, Patrick, is let in on the secret, he soon realises that life-changing decisions lie ahead.

Mystery of the Cupboard

Mystery of the Cupboard

Author: Lynne Reid Banks Format: eBook Release Date: 17/02/2009

The Mystery DeepensIn The Secret of the Indian, Omri vowed to lock his magical cupboard forever. But now, in The Mystery of the Cupboard, he finds an old journal written by his great-great aunt that reveals that Omri is compelled to open the cupboard just once again.Good news for fans of the serieskeeps excitement at a high level.Horn BookFrom the Compact Disc edition.

Key to the Indian

Key to the Indian

Author: Lynne Reid Banks Format: eBook Release Date: 20/01/2009

Can the Magic Save Little Bear?In The Mystery of the Cupboard, Omris father discovered his magical secret. Now Little Bear, Omris Iroquois friend from the past, is in grave danger and needs their help. As father and son struggle to solve the problem of traveling through time to reach Little Bear, they cannot know what terrors lie in waitfor their Indian friends and for them. This is really Little Bears story, and Omris adventures in his longhouse are fascinating and hair -raising. [Listeners] will revel in all the details of this book. A satisfying sequel. School Library JournalWill keep young [listeners] on the edge of the couchSome of this novels twists and turns are sure to amaze even the most imaginative child.USA TodayFrom the Compact Disc edition.

Secret of the Indian

Secret of the Indian

Author: Lynne Reid Banks Format: eBook Release Date: 11/11/2008

From the bestselling, award-winning author of The Indian in the CupboardThe Fantastic Adventure ContinuesIn The Return of the Indian, Omri found he could transport himself and his friend Patrick into the dangerous nineteenth-century world of his miniature friends. Now, in The Secret of the Indian, much of England is devastated by a disastrous cyclone Patrick brings back from the American Old West.Displays Bankss own magical gift for creating sympathetic characters, believable elements of fantasy, and an irresistible narrative flow. Booklist From the Compact Disc edition.

Return of the Indian

Return of the Indian

Author: Lynne Reid Banks, Lynne Reid Banks Format: eBook Release Date: 14/10/2008

Omri can hardly contain his excitement when he wins first prize in a national writing contest. Hes especially eager to share the good news with the person who inspired the winning entryhis friend Little Bear, the minature Iroquois Indian that Omri transformed from toy to man with the help of a magic cupboard. But Omri isnt prepared for what he discoveres when he looks for Little Bear.Desperate to help his friend, Omri must find a way to transport himself to the world of Little Bears tribe. In the process, Omri learns a lot about these amazing peopleand about himself.Listeners will find plenty of adventure and magicand some history, toopacked into this thrilling sequel to The Indian in the Cupboard.From the Compact Disc edition.

Indian in the Cupboard

Indian in the Cupboard

Author: Lynne Reid Banks Format: eBook Release Date: 17/10/2006

A youngman receives two presents that will change his life:a plastic miniature Indian that magically comes tolife inside a mysterious old cupboard.

Tiger, Tiger

Tiger, Tiger

Author: Lynne Reid Banks Format: eBook Release Date: 27/06/2006

Two tiger cub brothers are torn from the jungle and taken to Rome. The stronger cub is trained as a killer at the Coliseum. Emperor Caesar makes a gift of the smaller cub to his beautiful daughter, Aurelia. She adores her cub, Boots. Julius, a young animal keeper, teaches Aurelia how to earn Bootss trust. Boots is pampered while his brother, known as Brute, lives in the cold and darkness, let out only to kill. Caesar trusts Julius to watch Aurelia and her prized pet. But when a prank backfires, Boots temporarily escapes and Julius must pay with his life. Thousands watch as Julius is sent unarmed into the arena to face the killer Brute.From the Hardcover edition.

The Mystery of the Cupboard

The Mystery of the Cupboard

Author: Lynne Reid Banks Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/04/2006

What will Omri find inside the eaves of his new home? Will there be more little figures that come to life? After Omri reads his great-great-great-aunt's account, he longs to try the key. And when his friend Patrick comes to stay, nothing can stop him...

Harry the Poisonous Centipede Goes To Sea

Harry the Poisonous Centipede Goes To Sea

Author: Lynne Reid Banks Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/08/2005

Harry the Poisonous Centipede is now quite brave, but nothing can prepare him for this next adventure! He and best friend George are lost in a new and even scarier no-top world. Far from home, across the no-end puddle, they must negotiate a strange treeless cold desert, a Nest of Hoo-Mins, lots of noise-hurt and terrifying hairy-yowlers! Harry woke up first. The straight-up-hard thing was jiggling. It was moving. What's happening? asked George in alarm. I don't know. We're moving. Harry replied. Where are we? We're not where we were last night! crackled George. I told you! This is a can't -get-out! Harry and George face the toughest adventure yet when they are shipped West in a crate of bananas. Far across the no-end puddle, miles away from home, they must find a way to survive the bitter cold and hide from the hundreds of Hoo-Mins do-diddling around them. They run away as fast as they can, but inadvertently squirm into a Hoo-Min Nest and come face to face with a hairy-yowler! All Harry wants is to go home to his mother, and tell her how much he warm-hearts her before her time comes to stop . But before they can even start the perilous journey home, they must escape the Nest and go out into the no-top world. Yet this particular Hoo-Min is fascinated by insects, and wants nothing more than to add some poisonous centipedes to his collection...

Secret of the Indian

Secret of the Indian

Author: Lynne Reid Banks Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/11/2003

Who would believe that a plastic toy American Indian and a plastic toy cowboy can come to life? When Omri's friend Patrick goes back in time to the Wild West, keeping the secret safe becomes even more difficult for Omri...

The Key to the Indian

The Key to the Indian

Author: Lynne Reid Banks Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/11/2003

The fifth title in this gripping series about Omri and his plastic North American Indian - Little Bull - who comes alive when Omri puts him in a cupboard Omri and his father travel back in time to find Little Bull and his people in deep trouble, torn between staying in the West and facing extinction or starting a long trek to a new life in Canada. Omri's final parting with Little Bull is incredibly moving yet the book is also very funny. We meet other favourite characters as well as some new ones and there are wonderful descriptive passages about Little Bull's longhouse and the Iroquois lifestyle. Even though this seems like the end of the story, Lynne does have ideas for a sequel.

The Dungeon

The Dungeon

Author: Lynne Reid Banks Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/11/2003

A medieval tragedy and tale of retribution - The Dungeon is a powerful story from a writer of great skill and potency.The setting is medieval Scotland, a land dominated by skirmishes and battles on the borders, a land of fortresses and castles in Scotland, England and Wales. We meet Bruce McLennan, a Scottish laird, a man sorely-changed by a terrible family tragedy. He is a domineering master, an uncaring landlord, a cruel man, who has his heart set on building himself a castle and a Dungeon in which to punish his enemies in the future. But while the dungeon is being built, McLennan plans a trip to the far ends of the earth.As we follow McLennan on his travels to China and beyond, we witness his buying of Peony, or Mudan, as her Chinese name is, a young girl who McLennan uses as a slave. He is uncaring, unsympathetic, as he drags her after him across the world. Gradually, knowing no other, Peony develops a kind of affection for her master.In Scotland, Peony meets Fin, a stable lad and a loving friendship develops between them. McLennan, busy fighting off enemies, uses Peony in an horrific scene in one of his battles; he looses badly and subsequently blames her. He decides to punish her by throwing her in his dungeon... then unfolds a ghastly scene where Peony kills herself, at last in control of her own destiny. McLennan dies of guilt, shame and remorse. Fin lives on, and even Peony, perhaps, in his new baby sister.

The Mystery of the Cupboard

The Mystery of the Cupboard

Author: Lynne Reid Banks Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/11/2003

What will Omri find inside the eaves of his new home? Will there be more little figures that come to life? After Omri reads his great-great-great-aunt's account, he longs to try the key. And when his friend Patrick comes to stay, nothing can stop him...

Return of the Indian

Return of the Indian

Author: Lynne Reid Banks Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/06/2003

Omri has never forgotten Little Bull though, and finally yields to the temptation to see his tiny blood brother again. But when the cupboard door opens, Little Bull is slumped, unconscious, over his horse, two bullet wounds in his back. As Omri tries to help him, he faces the terrifying responsibility of power, the power of life and death...

The Indian in the Cupboard Trilogy

The Indian in the Cupboard Trilogy

Author: Lynne Reid Banks Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/03/1994

Three bestselling stories about Omri, and his friend Patrick, who turns his plastic Red Indian, Little Bull, into a real miniature person. The Indian in the Cupboard Who'd want a boring little plastic Red Indian as a birthday present? Omri doesn't - until his brother gives him a very special cupboard which can make the Indian come alive... Return of the Indian Omri is unexpectedly reminded of his beloved Red Indian, and can't resist making sure he's still all right. But when he opens the cupboard door Little Bull is wounded, nearly dead, and Omri must find help. The Secret of the Indian Omri's friend Patrick goes back in time to the Wild West, and keeping the secret safe becomes even more difficult for Omri...

Children at the Gate

Children at the Gate

Author: Lynne Reid Banks Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/12/1968

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