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The Return of the Indian by Lynne Reid Banks

The Return of the Indian (1985)

by Lynne Reid Banks

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See my review of the first book, really. Selfish children, stereotypes and racism, people not learning to leave well alone what they can't predict or control... ( )
  shanaqui | Apr 9, 2013 |
Its been over a year since Omri has seen Little Bear, Boone, and Bright Stars. Omri puts thier plastic figures in his magical cupboard, and thurns the skeleton key. Everyone is fine... but Little Bear, he is on the base of the cupboard, face down, not moving. Omri panics and quickly puts a nurse into the cupboard, her name is Matron, Matron in only a nurse though not a doctor. In less than half an hour Matron has taken the two bullets out of Little Bear's back and everything turned out to be a sucess. After a few days Little bear is fealing a lot better, and askes Omri if he can go back to his time and fight the French, a formal enemy. He also asked Omri if he could get more troops and get guns too, so Little Bear would definetly defeat the French. After Omri says yes, he scavages for Indian troops and guns, once Omri made the Indian troops real and taught them how to use a gun they were ready for war. Omri send Little Bear's army back into their own time to fight the French. Will Little Bear army win the war or will they all die.

I give The Return of the Indian **** because it was exciting but had a couple of boring parts. The book was good for most of the time, but at some points it was really boring. I still think that Lynne Reid Banks is a good writer but I think that this book could of been a little better. I also think that the first book of this series, Indian in the Cupboard is better than The Return of the Indian because it has a better plot. I don't really like how the book is about only Little Bear wanting to go back home to fight the French. The book would be a lot better if Bright Stars, Little Bear's wife had more to do in the story or even had a fight with Little Bear. In the book Bright Star is practically quiet the hole entire tim and does not do anything exciting. I hope to read the next book of this series, and hopfully it will be the best of the series.
  ctmsanvu | Apr 16, 2012 |
This was a really good book; I had read the first one several years ago and liked it also. This book was right along the same lines as the first, just a different scenario. This book may have had more twists and turns than the first in the series. Omri and Patrick had to put their heads together a little more in this story than the first. I guess the only thing I didn't like in this book or the first was the disrespectful and dishonest behavior of Omri and others in this family. I think the author could have taken care of these issues with a little stronger discipline by Omri's parents, but overall it was a good read. ( )
  jntjesussaves | May 1, 2011 |
This is one that really should be read at some point after the original book. Omri awakens his plastic Native American/ real life Native American, Little Bear and discovers that he has been injured in a battle recently. He gets help for Little Bear, but then Little Bear asks for help battling his enemies. Omri and his friend Patrick face the challenge of knowing how to help Little Bear without playing God. There is an additional threat to Omri in the real world- can he use the people from the cupboard for help? ( )
  t1bclasslibrary | Apr 8, 2011 |
This story brings back Omri, Patrick, Little Bear, and Boone to a new adventure. Omri's family has moved and he deals with the skinhead bullies daily on his way home from school. The story opens with Omri learning he has won a prestigious writing contest with his story about a plastic Indian that comes to life in a magic cupboard. To celebrate, he brings back Little Bear and Bright Stars. But when they arrive, Little Bear has been gravely wounded and Bright Stars is not far from having a baby. Patrick is drawn back in to the story (despite his initial reluctance) and they bring Boone back as well.

This story sees the introduction of a new character, Matron, and the loss of Tommy, the World War I medic. This is the first time we see that the plastic figures can die in their own times and the cupboard is powerless to bring them back. It is also the first time that Omri and Patrick attempt to change what is happening in Little Bear's time. They buy a lot of plastic Indians and send them back through the cupboard with modern weapons. This, of course, is disastrous.

When the skinheads break into his house, Omri is able to defeat them with a force of plastic soldiers with little machine guns. I liked how the author brought the outside world in to the smaller circle of Omri's life. This is definitely set up for a sequel, as it ends with Little Bear and the others living in Omri's room. This is a good story with lots of humor but serious points as well. Recommended. ( )
1 vote wisewoman | Sep 18, 2007 |
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In this sequel to The Indian in the Cupboard, Omri finds Little Bear (the plastic toy Indian) close to death and in need of help. Like the original book, it abounds with stereotypes, for example: "'Astonishing these primitives,' said Matron. 'Perfect control over the body. None over the emotions.'" Includes black-and-white illustrations.
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The Magic Continues . . .

In The Indian In The Cupboard, Omri discovers a wonderful, magical world when a three inch high Indian named Little Bear came to life. Now, in The Return Of The Indian, Omri tries to see his friend Little Bear again, and lands in the middle of a whole new series of astonishing and dangerous adventures -- from which he may never escape!

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A year after he sends his Indian friend, Little Bear, back into the magic cupboard, Omri decides to bring him back only to find that he is close to death and in need of help. Sequel to "The Indian in the Cupboard."

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