The Secret of the Indian (The Indian in the Cupboard)
Lynne Reid Banks
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As his adventures with Little Bear continue, Omri travels from the French and Indian wars to the present, and then back to the Old West at the tum-of-the-century.
From the Hardcover edition.
to your place with you and we’ll negotiate for the models with Tam.” She hesitated. “And then come back here, and – do whatever it is you do to make them come alive?” Omri looked at her. Now she knew about the little people. But she didn’t yet know about the magic, how to make it happen. She didn’t really know much, when you came down to it. There wasn’t a lot she could give away. Not that anyone would believe. And that was the nitty-gritty, not her knowing, but her maybe telling. Could he
back. “What in God’s sweet name has been going on in our bedroom?” Patrick, who was hanging about in the doorway to the bathroom, exchanged a grim look with Omri. “Well, Dad – that’s – that’s where the battle – I mean, that’s where they were, when we – caught them.” “Battle! That’s just what it looks like, a battlefield! Jane, come in here and look—” Omri’s mother left him sitting on the bath and went through into the bedroom. Omri and Patrick, numb and speechless with suspense, could hear
cosily in the pocket of a raccoon skin jacket of Ruby Lou’s which she laid out on a chair for him. She spent it sitting by the bed watching Boone. “Won’t you be tired?” asked Patrick as she bedded him down after giving him a supper of a few fibres of underdone steak and a crumb of potato washed down with milk from her sewing thimble. “Don’t you fret about me, pal. I’m used to goin’ without sleep.” She turned the oil lamp low so as not to disturb him, and he saw her move to the window. She drew
ordered all my patients to keep absolutely silent. Luckily the giants only glanced round once and then went out again, but oh, dear me, it was a bad moment!” “You did the right thing, Matron. Now I have to send you back.” “Not a moment too soon! And I think I can fairly say I’m leaving all my patients well on the road to recovery. How will you send them back – the non-ambulatory cases?” “Don’t worry, I’ve thought about that.” When the chest was empty, he would just put the whole seed-tray,
I-do’s. “Baby’s voice sign of health, long life! Many hope! Much children!” And he let out a marvellous baying cry of pleasure which sent a shiver of excitement and happiness through them all. Also by the Author Other titles in Lynne Reid Banks’ famous adventures of Omri and Little Bull The Indian in the Cupboard Return of the Indian The Mystery of the Cupboard The Key to the Indian Also available from HarperCollins Children’s Books by Lynne Reid Banks Alice-by-Accident