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The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm


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This Newbery Honor book by award-winning, bestselling author Nancy Farmer is being reissued in paperback!

The year is 2194, and Tendai, Rita, and Kuda are the children of Zimbabwe's wealthy and powerful chief of security. They've escaped from their father's estate to explore the dangerous city of Harare--and promptly disappear. Their parents call in the Ear, the Eye, and the Arm, detectives whose exposure to nuclear waste has given them special powers. Together they must save the children from the evils of the past, the technology of the future, and criminals with plans much more sinister than anyone could have imagined.

About the Author

Before becoming a writer, Nancy Farmer lived in Africa, and her work there included monitoring water weeds in Mozambique and helping to control tsetse flies in Zimbabwe. Since then, she has earned a host of prestigious awards for her writing, including three Newbery Honors for THE EAR, THE EYE AND THE ARM; A GIRL NAMED DISASTER; and THE HOUSE OF THE SCORPION. She lives in Menlo Park, California, with her husband. Visit her online at

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Beverly B, July 25, 2014 (view all comments by Beverly B)
The Ear, The Eye, And The Arm is an adventure story with a twist. It is almost two parallel stories. Story 1: three children of great privilege sneak away from their highly guarded compound, and highly protective parents, to experience the outside world for the first time. Of course, because the kids have no life experiences, they immediately get duped and kidnapped. Their adventures, as they try to make their way back home, make up about 80% of the story. The villains, obstacles and dangers the kids face are interesting, but predictable. The Ear, Eye and Arm are the three private detectives, with enhanced senses, hired by the parents to find and rescue the kids. The Ear, Eye and Arm are far more interesting than the kids or villains, but they have a pretty minimal role in the story. Story 2: They also have a pretty intriguing back story involving genetic engineering, genocide, and science experiments gone wrong. The back story would have enriched the novel if it was developed more fully. I appreciate that Nancy Farmer set her story in Zimbabwe and created a tone and plot elements that are true to traditional Zimbabwe folklore. It is rare for a sci-fi novel to have anything but a very western point of view. But the sic-fi component becomes secondary. I thought for sure there would be a sequel or prequel featuring the Ear, Eye and Arm, but I haven't seen one.
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Farmer, Nancy
Scholastic Paperbacks
Action & Adventure
Children s-Adventure Stories
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7.63 x 5.25 in
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