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

by Nancy Farmer

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Title:The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm
Authors:Nancy Farmer
Info:Scholastic Paperbacks (2012), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 336 pages
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Tags:Children's/YA Literature, Novels/Novellas

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


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Tendai, Kuda, and Rita are the sheltered children of the chief of security of a futuristic Zimbabwe. When they decide they want to have an adventure, they manage to sneak off their property out into the underbelly of the city. There, they fall off the radar, and their father hires three detectives with special powers (Ear, Eye, and Arm) to find the lost children. The story jumps between narratives of Ear, Eye, and Arm and of the kids.

This was a fantastic adventure story in a futuristic land. I've loved several of Farmer's books, and this one didn't disappoint. I loved the way she split the story so that we could see both the pursuers and the pursued. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes kid's science fiction, or to kids between the ages of 9-12. I wish my nephew read, because I'd insist he read it. :) ( )
  The_Hibernator | Sep 27, 2016 |
Exciting adventure set in Zimbabwe in 2194. Also deftly explores the clash of historical traditions with the future technologies & societies. Lots of page-turning action and well-developed characters, plus lively dialogue and a good sprinkling of humor. Not just for children (ages 11 up), or just for science fiction fans. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
For strong readers in 4th and up. Takes place in a dystopian future Africa and both the characters and the settings are so incredibly rich and vivid. Non-stop action adventure, complex sibling dynamics, it's a glorious book.
  ClaraN | Mar 10, 2016 |
In future Zimbabwe, three detectives are on the case of kidnapped children. Each of the detectives has a mutation that helps the investigation: the Eye has excellent eyesight, the Ear can hear a pin drop miles away, the Arm is very...can't remember. Whatevs. A fun adventure story! ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
A great young adult book, solid from start to finish. Set in 2194, science fiction and fantasy blend almost seamlessly. Three children, led by Tendai, an almost-14 year old, escape from the over-protective father, the feared but mostly benevolent General Matsika, to go on an adventure in a Zimbabwe that is half very modern and half very ancient. Kidnapped almost immediately, their story makes about about 60% of the book. The other 40% goes to the Ear, the Eye, and the Arm of the title -- three mutants with enhanced senses who run a down and out detective agency. Part of the delight of the book is the rich variety of places, characters, and mythology that contextualize the tale. Farmer manages to do this with a minimum of info-dumps. There's a brief glossary cum history at the end that, like the glossary added to some editions of Clockwork Orange, serves mostly to confirm what you've already inferred in reading. The other delight is Farmer's ability to occasionally make her world more real through a casual phrase or observation.

Highly recommended. ( )
1 vote ChrisRiesbeck | Mar 30, 2015 |
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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.

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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.

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