Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm by Nancy…

The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm (original 1994; edition 2012)

by Nancy Farmer

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
1,753404,025 (4.01)43
Title:The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm
Authors:Nancy Farmer
Info:Scholastic Paperbacks (2012), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 336 pages
Collections:To read
Tags:Children's/YA Literature, Novels/Novellas

Work details

The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm by Nancy Farmer (1994)


Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 43 mentions

Showing 1-5 of 40 (next | show all)
It's got a playful sort of spirit about it with impossible coincidences happening all the time and funny turns of phrase. "Fancy show cats yawned contemptuously at the crowds that milled around them."

A neighborhood of ancient plastic trash that is alive with zombie-like people lies directly adjacent to a walled neighborhood sized-country that is not even part of the world where ancient village life continues purposefully unmolested by the modern world.

Tailing three missing children through the plot are three total weirdos with special abilities caused by a long ago toxic waste spill. "I think we're pretty nice," but they're enough to give even the most hardened city criminals pause yet they end up raising an unwanted witch-twin.

It's a long journey but all that began with the quest for a boy scout badge ends well.
  knownever | Dec 28, 2014 |
  mshampson | Oct 15, 2014 |
In Zimbabwe in the year 2194, the children of a high-ranking general are kidnapped and a trio of detectives with special abilities is on the case. I can't remember any other book set in the future of Africa; it's a continent science fiction seems to ignore, so this is an interesting change of pace, written by an author who lived in Zimbabwe for many years. The story is an exploration of the capitol city as the children make their way through an irradiated garbage dump, a walled-off enclave filled with separatists living in a village of the past, a robot-riddled English home, and a mile-high hotel arcology. The detectives are mutants with the powers of super-sight, super-hearing, and super-sensitivity, which makes their part of the story a bit reminiscent of a fairy tale like The Six Who Went Far. Best for older kids, as there's some very scary (and fairly gory) stuff, though it doesn't get too explicitly descriptive. ( )
  PlasticAtoms | Feb 22, 2014 |
RGG: Very interesting science-fiction story set in 22nd century Zimbabwe. The intersection of the future with African tribal culture is fascinating.
  rgruberexcel | Sep 4, 2013 |
There was a lot that I really enjoyed about this book - stories of Zimbabwe, especially some of the ancient culture and the beliefs, the interesting characters - great child protagonists, and a great sense of humor in many of the situations. But, the plot seemed to meander around and then at the climax, an arbitrary event occurs to resolve a very major conflict (no spoilers so this is vague). It almost seemed like it was time to wrap it up and that was a quick and easy ending. This is my 3rd book by Nancy Farmer and my least favorite, but still a good overall story.
( )
  jmoncton | Jun 3, 2013 |
Showing 1-5 of 40 (next | show all)
no reviews | add a review

» Add other authors (3 possible)

Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Nancy Farmerprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Guidall, GeorgeNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
To Daniel Farmer - born in Resthaven
First words
Someone was standing by his bed, a person completely unlike anyone Tendai had ever met.
Last words
(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English (2)

Book description
Haiku summary

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0140376410, Paperback)

In Zimbabwe in the year 2194, General Matsika calls in Africa's most unusual detectives--the Ear, the Eye, and the Arm--to find his missing children. By the author of Do You Know Me. Reprint. K. AB.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:46:05 -0400)

(see all 8 descriptions)

In 2194 in Zimbabwe, General Matsika's three children are kidnapped and put to work in a plastic mine while three mutant detectives use their special powers to search for them.

(summary from another edition)

» see all 3 descriptions

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
131 avail.
41 wanted
1 pay1 pay

Popular covers


Average: (4.01)
1 1
1.5 3
2 11
2.5 6
3 45
3.5 19
4 109
4.5 17
5 90

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


Help/FAQs | About | Privacy/Terms | Blog | Contact | LibraryThing.com | APIs | WikiThing | Common Knowledge | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | 96,216,222 books! | Top bar: Always visible