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Lynne Reid Banks (1929–2024)

Author of The Indian in the Cupboard

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About the Author

Lynne Reid Banks was born in London, England on July I929. After studying at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, she acted and wrote for the repertory stage.Eventually, she turned to journalism, becoming one of Britain's first female television news reporters. Banks was fired from her job as a show more reporter, and while working a different job, she wrote her first novel, which went on to become a best seller. show less


Works by Lynne Reid Banks

The Indian in the Cupboard (1980) 8,871 copies
The Return of the Indian (1985) 3,410 copies
The Secret of the Indian (1989) 3,002 copies
The Mystery of the Cupboard (1992) 2,582 copies
The Key to the Indian (1998) 923 copies
The L-Shaped Room (1960) 655 copies
The Fairy Rebel (1985) 635 copies
The Farthest-Away Mountain (1976) 542 copies
One More River (1973) 446 copies
The Adventures of King Midas (1992) 322 copies
Tiger, Tiger (2004) 275 copies
Dark Quartet (1976) 248 copies
Moses in Egypt (1998) 213 copies
The Indian Trilogy (1993) 213 copies
The Backward Shadow (1970) 196 copies
Two Is Lonely (1974) 167 copies
Broken Bridge (1994) 154 copies
Melusine (1988) 145 copies
The Magic Hare (1992) 99 copies
The Indian Quartet (1982) 91 copies
The Dungeon (2002) 90 copies
Angela and Diabola (1997) 90 copies
Path to the Silent Country (1977) 89 copies
Maura's Angel (1675) 72 copies
An End to Running (1962) 62 copies
Alice by Accident (1840) 60 copies
Children at the Gate (1968) 49 copies
The Warning Bell (1984) 37 copies
Uprooted (2014) 37 copies
Torn Country (1982) 32 copies
My Darling Villain (1977) 30 copies
Casualties (1986) 26 copies
The Writing on the Wall (1981) 24 copies
Stealing Stacey (2004) 21 copies
Defy the Wilderness (1981) 21 copies
Sarah and After (1975) — Author — 20 copies
BAD CAT, GOOD CAT (2011) 20 copies
Fair Exchange (1998) 18 copies
Lynne Reid Banks Box Set (2008) 8 copies
House of Hope (1962) 7 copies

Associated Works

The Indian in the Cupboard [1995 film] (1995) — Original book — 196 copies
The Kingfisher Treasury of Witch and Wizard Stories (1996) — Contributor — 67 copies
Is Anyone There? (1978) — Contributor — 27 copies
The L-Shaped Room [1962 film] (1962) — Original book — 10 copies
Growing Up Stories (1995) — Contributor — 10 copies
The Real Thing: Seven Stories About Love (1979) — Contributor — 7 copies
Top Teen Stories (2004) — Contributor — 6 copies


Common Knowledge

Date of death
Barnes, London, England, UK
Cause of death
Places of residence
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada (evacuated|WWII)
Israel (1962-1971)
Dorset, England, UK
Shepperton, London, England, UK
St Theresa's School, Effingham, Surrey, England, UK
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
Italia Conti Academy
Stevenson, Chaim (husband)
Awards and honors
Action for Children's Arts (J. M. Barrie Award|2013)
Short biography
Lynne Reid Banks was born in London. After studying at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, she acted and wrote for the repertory stage. Later, she turned to journalism, becoming one of Britain's first female television news reporters. In 1962 she emigrated to Israel, where she married a sculptor, had three sons and taught for eight years in a kibbutz. She now lives with her husband in England. She writes, travels, and visits schools, at home and abroad, full-time.




Dakin is a 14-year-old girl who dreams of meeting a gargoyle, marrying a prince, and visiting the Farthest-Away Mountain, which no one has ever managed to do. One day she thinks she sees the mountain nod to her, so she takes that as a sign and sets out to do All the Things. Adventures ensue.

A middle grade fantasy that feels like a bedtime story a parent makes up as she goes along, in the sense that it seems a little hodgepodge with “and then…and then…” vibes. Which isn’t necessarily all that bad, although the writing could be a little less clunky.… (more)
electrascaife | 14 other reviews | Apr 12, 2024 |

I first read this years ago as a child and have just been rereading it with my kids. Plot wise, I didn’t enjoy this sequel as much as the original. It had its moments but just wasn’t as enjoyable a read. The cultural disrespect and racial insensitivity is still present, though a bit less intense than in the first.
jnoshields | 10 other reviews | Apr 10, 2024 |
I adored this book as a child in the early ‘90s and was excited to reread it with my sons. I still love the magical premise of the story, as did my kids. Being able to bring toys to life is basically every kid’s dream, after all.

When I originally read this book 30 years ago, it was a very different time. I’m not excusing anything as ok; it was just different, and society has since learned better. That said, even though I love the story, I cringed and edited all the way through reading it with my children. It did present opportunities for educational and edifying discussions about racism, stereotypes, and cultural respect and appreciation.

I’d love to see this series rewritten with collaborators of Haudenosaunee heritage and expertise. It would take a full rewrite, though, to scrub all the problematic bits and reframe certain aspects of the story. It has a lot of good in it, but there’s also a lot that would benefit from a heavy update.
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jnoshields | 89 other reviews | Apr 10, 2024 |
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