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The Secret of the Indian (The Indian in the Cupboard #3)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  8,136 Ratings  ·  104 Reviews
The adventure deepens . . . In The Return of the Indian, Omri found he could transport himself and his friend Patrick back in history to the dangerous days of his miniature companions. Now, in the secret of the indian, Patrick time-travels back to the rough-and-tumble frontier age of his cowboy friend, Boone. When he returns to the present day, he's accompanied by a disast ...more
Paperback, 145 pages
Published December 23rd 2003 by Avon Books (first published 1989)
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May 09, 2007 rated it really liked it
These books are such fun. I like that they make kids think about responsibility and putting others first, but never become preachy.
Jeremy X
The Secret of the Indian, the third book in the Indian and the Cupboard series, was good. It was more exciting than the second book, The Return of the Indian, but was not perfect. There is more drama and excitement, at least a sufficient amount for me to continue reading the series, yet the book started slow and often described past events in the previous book. While this could be helpful, it is unnecessary since almost all readers read the first two books before this one.
Feb 01, 2015 rated it liked it
These books continue to be entertaining. Interested to see how the next one will turn out.
Alan Shen
Aug 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing
then Lynne Reid had to get creative. The kid goes back in time. Oh man. Fuck you Harry Potter.
Jan 27, 2010 rated it liked it
With our family an ocean away from what was once home, it is entertaining to see what books made it into our suitcases this past September. The Secret of the Indian was just such a book. I grew up being fascinated with the first installment in this series, but I had not realized there was a string of them. It was even more entertaining to realize that we had brought a book to England that had been written by a British author. All of the phrases that we now recognize as “so British” were peppered ...more
Picking up exactly where Return left off, The Secret of the Indian has a lot more happening. Patrick, typically, muddles things up by demanding (and, bizarrely, succeeding) in getting a chance to travel back to Boone's American West while the fallout of the last book's adventures plays out -- including a suspicious headmaster who glimpsed Little Bear and Boone in the first book.

Though more satisfying than Return, Secret by continuing the adventurous side of things, isn't as intellectually stimul
May 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book takes up exactly where the previous book, "The Return of the Indian" left off. Omri's parents come home, and Omri and Patrick tell of the attempted burglary. Meanwhile, the injured Indians from the previous book's misadventure require more expert medical care than their nurse figure can provide. Patrick's cousin Emma is let in on the secret and helps to obtain surgical figures from her twin sister. In this book, Patrick travels to Boone's time in the Old West and is rescued by Ruby Lou ...more
Matthew Landon
Mar 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
I love this book. The author keeps the suspense the whole book every time Omri's about to get caught by one of the adults. The author keeps the suspense in a good slow way. Especially at the climax of the book.
The author explains what Omri's and Patrick's feelings are. Together author doesn't doesn't just say what they are thinking. She says what they see and physical feelings of pain and relief. As the air does that it shows what the other person is feeling in a inferring way from the main c
Dione Basseri
It really feels like this book should have been combined with "Return of the Indian." It's short, not much happens, and what does happen is pretty much all a direct result of the events of the previous book. In that it begins about six hours after that book ends, and completes the plot of the Iroquois injured in Little Bear's battle. The only reason I can imagine that they're not combined is that the books were published four years apart, so perhaps Banks hadn't intended to write a third, but, b ...more
Mar 14, 2012 rated it liked it
Not as much fun as the previous two books (although we loved meeting Ruby). I'm not sure what part of Texas the author was describing, but it sounded more like the deserts of Arizona or New Mexico than the rolling hills of Texas that I'm familiar with.

A good fantasy makes it seem like what the author is describing COULD be possible, because the "rules" are consistent. Now the "rules" for the magic cupboard and chest are starting to get muddy.

Still, this series has been a great discovery for my
Apr 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
A strong close to the opening 3 stories. This featured a return on the warmer and uplifting motifs which I enjoyed so much in The Indian in the Cupboard, and avoiding entirely the overly dark themes of The Return of the Indian.
Kyle Weiscopf
Oct 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Hello! this is what i think of the secret of the indians
One of the main charactrers is a kid named Omri and it
is mostly about the indians or Native Americans their secret
also this book feels real becaus native americansdid actually exist and this could be based on to real facts
overall i enjoyed it.
David Ward
Mar 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kids-books, fiction
The Secret of the Indian (The Indian in the Cupboard #3) by Lynne Reid Banks (Avon Books 1989)(Fiction). In this installment, Omri must transport into the Indian's world to save England. My rating: 4/10, finished 2005.
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I liked it. In this book of it, they have to hill a lot of the Indians that died in the second book and even when the key can bring back everything. So Omri got Patrick back cause Patrick went to Texas, he brought back a Tornado to and they have to do it.
Mar 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this story. I even laughed after the cyclone tore through Omri's house. The headmaster got what he deserved. Omri decides that it is safer to lock the key away, but since there are 2 more books in the series, I can't wait to see what kind of adventure will happen next.
May 07, 2015 rated it liked it
I was a bit disappointed with this book. There was a lot more fluff than action and it was quite repetitive. The author dedicated an entire chapter to retell what had happened in the first two books and continued with this throughout the entire book.
Jun 26, 2015 rated it did not like it
Not A Very Good Book At All Would Not Recommend.
Anthony Faber
Feb 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Second in the "Indian" series. Good kids' book. Starts about a year after "The Indian in the Cupboard".
Dec 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
Still liking the series. Short and simple.
Samama Reza
May 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book was a little boring in the first few chapters but then it got interesting. I like this book.

I wish I had a magical key like the one Omri had! :D
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was actually my favorite of the series so far. We see more growth from Omni and Patrick, meet Patrick's cousins Tamsin & Emma, and finally see the previous remarks about Natives as savage addressed and corrected, Omni standing up to his school headmaster to do so. I do love that the experiences Omri, Patrick, & Emma have with Little Bear & Boone, Bright Stars & Matron, Ficketts & Ruby, lead the three kids to further their own knowledge about historical events. And yet, t ...more
Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is really fun because Patric goes back to bones time. And that Patric tells Emma about the Indians. I also like it because it starts with the ending on the second book. It is funny how Omari tries to give the thing back to the Skin heads but they say it will explode if they touch it.
I got this book from Santa
Kaysie Campbell
I read this book growing up and loved it (and all the sequels). I chose to read it aloud to my almost six year old. I gave it three stars only because of the fact that it has some lying/secret keeping from adults as well as some other themes I chose to skip over as i read it aloud. I still think the ideas of this book are truly imaginative.
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Pretty fun. However, in the first book, Mr. Johnson the principal was a not-unsympathetic character. But now he's a bigoted, vain bully. I liked Ruby.
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
A very fun book. I felt like one thing was going to happen and the almost opposite of that happened.
Dec 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-alouds
My boys still love this series, but I had a couple of reservations about this one based on the ages of my boys. Might come back to the last two books another time.
Ashley Stevens
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ryan-s-books
My favorite of the series so far. This book had several laugh out loud moments and kept us in suspense on several occasions.
Natasha Hurley-Walker
This one stuck with me a bit less...
Electro Cat
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fast and a little bit sad. I loved this trilogy.
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The final part of the trilogy continues exploring themes of responsibility and empathy alongside exciting action.
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Lynne Reid Banks is a British author of books for children and adults. She has written forty books, including the best-selling children's novel The Indian in the Cupboard, which has sold over 10 million copies and been made into a film.
Banks was born in London, the only child of James and Muriel Reid Banks. She was evacuated to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada during World War II but returned after
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The Indian in the Cupboard (5 books)
  • The Indian in the Cupboard (The Indian in the Cupboard, #1)
  • The Return of the Indian (The Indian in the Cupboard, #2)
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