The Indian in the Cupboard, Lynn Reid Banks' absorbing story for young readers, is a fantasy with historical relevance. When Omri's friend Patrick gives him a plastic toy Indian, a whole world unfolds. The plastic Indian springs to life, and gives Omri an education about Iroquois culture. Soon, Little Bear is joined by a toy horse, an army action figure, an Indian Chief, and a cowboy. Patrick too becomes drawn into the game that becomes a life and death struggle, and their secret is threatened by the interest of the two boys’ schoolmates and headmaster. Omri and Patrick now know that the tiny plastic figures have real lives of their own, and that their actions have unpredictable consequences. Banks builds adventure and suspense into this modern classic, which ends on a note of uncertainty as Omri, having become Little Bear's blood brother, puts the figures on a shelf for their own safety. Readers fourth grade and up will be enchanted by the lively toy characters, and readers voracious for more will be interested in the novel’s sequel, The Return of the Indian.