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Lynne Reid Banks - Author

About the Author

Lynne Reid Banks is a best-selling author for children and adults. Her classic children's novel, The Indian in the Cupboard, has sold over ten million copies worldwide and was made into a highly successful feature film.

She was born in London in 1929 and was an actress in the early 1950's; later she became one of the first women TV news reporters in Britain. Lynne has now written forty books; her first, The L-Shaped Room, was published in 1960. She lives with her husband in Dorset, England.

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Harry the Poisonous Centipede Goes To Sea

Harry the Poisonous Centipede Goes To Sea

Author: Lynne Reid Banks Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/08/2019

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...

Uprooted - A Canadian War Story

Uprooted - A Canadian War Story

Author: Lynne Reid Banks Format: Paperback / softback 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's Big Adventure

Harry the Poisonous Centipede's Big Adventure

Author: Lynne Reid Banks Format: Paperback / softback 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 / softback 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 / softback 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

I, Houdini

I, Houdini

Author: Lynne Reid Banks Format: Paperback / softback 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...

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.

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.

Broken Bridge

Broken Bridge

Author: Lynne Reid Banks Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/07/2007

This is the sequel to One More River. Time has moved on, it is the 1990s and this is the story of Lesley's Israeli daughter Nilli. The First Intifada is underway and people are being murdered in the streets of Israeli cities. Palestinian anger has overflowed and Mustafa has become a killer, he can see no other way to free his people from Occupation. When Mustafa fails to kill Nilli he becomes a hunted man. This book brilliantly captures the tragedy and hopelessness that has gripped the region and presents both sides with sympathy and balance. There are so few fictional accounts of the Arab/Israeli conflict that Lynne Reid-Banks splendidly readable and well-researched account fills a gap. Short-listed for both the Guardian Award and the Carnegie Medal when first published in 1994.

One More River

One More River

Author: Lynne Reid Banks Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/03/2007

Lesley lives in Canada and thinks life is just great, she has got friends, she likes school and they are very comfortably off. But then her father makes a fateful decision, the whole family is going to emigrate to Israel and lead a more fully Jewish life. Lesley is horrified and very resistant. However, once she gets to her new country and a very different life, she begins to find it stimulating and enjoyable. A strange relationship with Palestinian boy Mustafa, who lives on the other side of the Jordan river, is a big part of the new Lesley. A very exciting book, set in the 1960s about life in a pioneering new country.

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: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/11/2005

Tiger, Tiger is a hugely powerful and epic novel set against the dazzling backdrop of ancient Rome. This compelling and uplifting story about friendship, brotherhood and battling against the odds will grip all who read it. Her heart was throbbing behind her ribs. A real, live tiger? But that was impossible! Of all the beasts brought from far-off countries the tiger was the most formidable. There could be no one bold enough to introduce one into Caesar's palace! Two tiger cubs are snatched from their native jungle and shipped to Rome. On arrival at this strange land crowded with noisy two-legs they are cruelly separated. One cub becomes the princess's pampered and adored house pet. The other, fiercer, cub is trained to become the star performer in Caesar's bloodthirsty circus. Princess Aurelia detests her father's brutal sport , but must keep her feelings secret - no one dares criticise the almighty Caesar! The only person she can confide in is the slave Julius, her tiger's keeper. But such a friendship is equally forbidden: should the Emperor find out, his anger would be terrible and the punishment severe. But friendship and love cannot be dictated, and neither tiger nor man is destined for a life in chains. In a world dominated by Caesar's will, all must fight for freedom...

Harry the Poisonous Centipede A Story to Make You Squirm

Harry the Poisonous Centipede A Story to Make You Squirm

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

A 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, this is the perfect book for wriggly young readers. It's a Hoo-Min! crackled George. Walking on its hairy-biter feet! But now it was Harry who felt brave. Come on! Let's peep at it! 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

Harry the Poisonous Centipede

Author: Lynne Reid Banks Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/08/2005

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. It's a Hoo-Min! crackled George. Walking on its hairy-biter feet! But now it was Harry who felt brave. Come on! Let's peep at it! 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.

Angela and Diabola

Angela and Diabola

Author: Lynne Reid Banks Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/09/2004

Angela and Diabola are twins, but from the moment they enter the world - one with a smile and the other with a vengeance - they have nothing in common. Don't you call me nice names! You make me sick, you icky sticky creepie crawlie little goody-goody. Twins are meant to be alike, but Angela and Diabola are opposites in every way. Angela is completely good: Diabola is pure evil. Everyone loves Angela: Even the vicar is terrified of Diabola! As Diabola's powers grow, it seems that no one can stop her. Only Angela seems to know what goes on in her twin's mind. A wickedly black comedy from a master storyteller.

The Key to the Indian

The Key to the Indian

Author: Lynne Reid Banks Format: Paperback / softback 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.

Secret of the Indian

Secret of the Indian

Author: Lynne Reid Banks Format: Paperback / softback 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 Mystery of the Cupboard

The Mystery of the Cupboard

Author: Lynne Reid Banks Format: Paperback / softback 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 / softback 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...

Alice By Accident

Alice By Accident

Author: Lynne Reid Banks Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/05/2003

Nine-year-old Alice must write about herself for a school assignment, and in doing so, she sorts out her feelings about her somewhat prickly single mother, the father she has never met, her flamboyant paternal grandmother and the rest of her sometimes confusing life. Alice doesn't see how she can write her life story as a class assignment.. How can she fit nine years into a couple of pages? Her pets have died and the only family she has is her mother. Until recently she had a beloved interfering grandmother - Gene - but she's gone from Alice's life. Besides, Alice discovered ages ago she was born by accident, and that's the sort of private thing you don't write about for school. Alice does the assignment but she thinks it's boring, until she discovers a need to write about her true life - the exciting, complicated and private of her life. She writes how Gene came along, how she changed Alice's life, making it richer in experience but also more complicated. She records ongoing quarrels between Gene and her mother which ended with the Big Row and now she can't see Gene any more. Lynne Reid Banks has written a truly compelling story of a creative child caught in the middle of a difficult but very real and increasingly common situation.

The Indian in the Cupboard Trilogy

The Indian in the Cupboard Trilogy

Author: Lynne Reid Banks Format: Paperback / softback 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...

The Fairy Rebel

The Fairy Rebel

Author: Lynne Reid Banks Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/1992

Tikki wants to give her new human friend, Jan, a precious gift. BUT - fairies are forbidden to touch humans, still less make magic for them! The Fairy Queen says that all humans want are favours. And only she has the power to give - or take - life. Tikki doesn't care! Eight years later, Jan and her fairy child discover that Tikki is being cruelly punished. They must rescue her. But how will they ever free the fairy from the deadly power of the Tyrant Queen...?

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