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

The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm

General Matsika's children steal out of the house on a forbidden adventure--and disappear. In Zimbabwe, in the year 2194, the children's parents call in Africa's most unusual detectives--the Ear, the Eye and the Arm--who have powers far beyond those of other human beings. The children must avoid the evils of the past, the technology of the future, and a motley assortment of criminals in order to return home safely. 1995 Newbery Honor Book; ALA No...


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TitleThe Ear, the Eye, and the Arm
ISBN9780140376418
Author
Release DateOct 1st, 1995
PublisherPuffin
LanguageEnglish
GenreYoung Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Fiction, Adventure, Cultural, Africa, Childrens, Mystery, Middle Grade, Dystopia
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Reviews The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm

  • Marielle
    2007-08-06
    I enjoyed this book, but it had problems.The story is about a group of 3 children who go out into the world and get kidnapped. Excessively. They get kidnapped, and escape, and then kidnapped again, and escape, over and over again. To the point where it stops being believable. The other problem is that the author set out to write a sci-fi novel. I know this, because she says so in the introduction. It is not a sci-fi novel. The book has a bunch of...
  • Brendan W.
    2010-09-17
    This book is amazing. Period. End of story. Last year, when I was strolling through the classroom library, I came upon this book. I saw the cover and I said, "This is the best cover ever." Others may disagree with that statement, but I'm me and I thought it looked awesome. I decided to give it a shot. BAM! It blew me away. KAPOW! It knocked my socks off. ZIP! I read it so fast because it was so FREAKING AWESOME! This author, Nancy Farmer, does a ...
  • Kevin Xu
    2011-01-13
    I first read this book back a little over ten years ago on the recommendation of my English teacher. One of the best young adult book I have ever read. The best parts are all the characters are so fresh and lively, the settling is top to none. It is a book that is felt with everything for me. A book that just grabs the reader right in and never lets go. I never felt I was in Africa at all.Farmer is a great writer that I see rise with more Middle ...
  • Anna
    2012-02-05
    This book has taken me about a year to finish. It' odd though because the story or the writing kept drawing me back in. I found it difficult to build sympathy for the characters. The detectives hired to find the lost children are bumbling oafs and are always one step behind. The children themselves are thrust into the same scenario of "captured"/"escaped" over and over again. I can't truly explain what is missing from this book - I think it may b...
  • Abby
    2009-02-07
    I really appreciated that the fact that this SF novel was set in Zimbabwe and actually incorporated myths and traditions from Zimbabwean culture into the story -- very few SF novels take place in non-Western settings and feature non-white protagonists, almost no teen SF novels do this. Another strong point was the nuanced depiction of Resthaven, the seemingly idyllic throwback to premodern Africa hidden in the heart of the city -- Farmer deftly d...
  • Drew
    2014-08-01
    Great memories of this book, if only because it was so different from anything else I'd read at age 12 or so. I'd hate to read it again and have those memories ruined, but I still kind of want to. Because dystopian Zimbabwe, supernatural detectives, and spirits in masks.
  • Keegan
    2008-12-05
    I LOVED IT
  • Kori Morris
    2017-09-10
    I enjoyed the book a lot - the author tried to pay homage to real traditions and beloefs as much as possible. My main gripe with the book is that the villains seem unnecessarily vile and vicious without any depth.
  • Christina
    2011-01-20
    This was a really (junior high level) amazing foray into ideas about identity, belonging, and cultural purity/evolution. The amazing detectives (named in the title) who discover, ultimately and by accident, the whereabouts of the Security Chief's kidnapped children are blessed/cursed with special abilities as a result of a radioactive accident in their anscestor's past. This futuristic novella dares to set itself in the (probable?) world of 22nd ...
  • Greg Kerestan
    2016-05-10
    Young adult novel? Check. Zimbabwean backwoods journey? Check. Cyberpunk futurist setting? Check. You don't get a lot of books that hit all three of those points- this may be the only one. As a fifth grader I wasn't entirely sure what to make of this novel, but it grew on me as I read. There are elements I remember to this day: the house full of taxidermies; the mile-high hotel skyscraper; the multiethnic mutated detectives. The writing isn't ent...
  • Jackie B. - Death by Tsundoku
    2012-04-22
    Set in Zimbabwe, 2194, Farmer crafts a future Africa which has conquered the globe. Zimbabwe plays host to communities segregated by wealth and culture, such as the African Shona tribe and the English or Portuguese tribes. Famer's Zimbabwe is a rising power, largely critical of the post-colonial race the country currently is experiencing. In fact, race and skin color are barely addressed in this book at all. Instead, Farmer explores ideas of pers...
  • Nancy
    2009-02-12
    Okay, I definitely expected more from this book. 1. Where was the mystery? I thought it would be some intense plot filled with true villains who wanted to overthrow the government, or a group of outsiders who want to take revenge against the general by kidnapping his kids. I have this thing called an imagination and I thought, judging from House of the Scorpions, Farmer would be throwing some twists and turns here. 2. As much as I liked the adven...
  • E.M. E-M
    2008-01-05
    first book of 2008. what a remarkable position to hold... i remember loving this book in middle school. still enjoyed it now, though recognized some new/questionable elements. generally good narrative and some very interesting characterizations of zimbabwe 2194. was particularly intrigued by the over-simplified but largely critical portrayal of the post-colonial race and class warfare of the southern African future... especially interesting was d...
  • Andrew Hudson
    2015-09-21
    The three children of a broadly benign dictator, General Matsika, languish within the protected compound that is their home, forbidden from all but the most proscriptive exposure to the world outside for fear of offering their father's enemies an opportunity to kidnap or kill them, and lay him low.Empathetic Tendai, his thorny sister Rita, and their young brother Kuda long for an unrestricted taste of the rich world beyond those walls: Harare, ca...
  • McKenna Colver
    2017-06-15
    Tendai, his sister Rita, and his brother Kuda, against the wishes and warnings of their strict and influential parents, go out into the world away from their house so they can explore. Unfortunately, not long after they make it to the market, they are kidnapped and taken to the She Elephant, who plans to sell them to the Masks. To get their children back, Tendai's parents hire the help of three strange detectives whose powers came from the nuclea...
  • Tristan Goding
    2018-01-24
    One of the coolest YA novels your kid could read! A psychedelic romp through the abnormal recesses of the mind of a science fiction writer who views the world around them as more odd than what tomorrow holds. The writing is hysterical, the story is full of oddities and wonderment, and at no point does the reader have a chance to catch their breath. I love the characters and the journey and I confess that I've re-read it at least a few times. It's...
  • Addie
    2017-11-05
    This is the worst book I have ever read! I would never recommend it to anyone. This book was full of horrible things I could hardly stand to read. If I didn't have to read it, I would never of had finished it. The beginning idea was good a good idea, but kept getting worse as the story went on. The characters and their actions were truly evil, attempts to kill an innocent baby, contacting and possessing evil spirits, evil gangs, and attempting to...
  • Phil Jensen
    2018-01-03
    About half as good as The House of the Scorpion. I might have liked this book more if I didn't know that Farmer is capable of better.There is an inescapable PG-ness to the plot that lowers the stakes of the whole book. There is really no doubt about where the character arcs will end and how the story will turn out. As a result, the setting has to carry the interest level of the whole book. Farmer does put out some amazing settings, with some grea...
  • Cindy
    2010-06-15
    This is like 4 books in one. The first is the story of three kids, living a sheltered and rather boring life, who set off on a series of adventures. The second is a sci-fi look at what life might be like in a future Africa, with robots and mutants and mile high buildings. The third is a mystery with three unusual detectives searching for some kidnapped children. And the last book is a examination of what happens when modern people try to return t...
  • Margaret
    2008-10-19
    This sat on my to-read shelf for a while, and it shouldn't have, because it's one of the best young adult novels I've read in a while. It's set in Zimbabwe in 2194, where the three children of the powerful General Matsika are forbidden to leave their home for fear of kidnapping. Longing to experience the outside world, the three children figure out how to get out...and disappear. Their parents call in an unusual set of detectives, three people wh...
  • Maureen
    2011-03-08
    So there is this show on the Travel Channel where this guy goes to exotic places and eats foods that would make most Americans barf, and he was in Madagascar eating bugs and antelope entrails and his wife, who travels with him, "got" to help the women do all the work of cooking this nasty-smelling stew and and serving the men while they sat on a blanket and told stories, and the show reminded me so much of the scene where Rita and Tendai eat thei...
  • Jess
    2008-11-02
    Tried of being trapped in a Zambabwe mansion by overprotective parents, Tendai (13), Rita (11), and Kuda (4) set out on an adventure for scouts. A kidnapping changes the path without ending the adventure while also involving dectectives Ear, Eye, and Arm.I liked parts of it - like plastic being collectible - but loads of other stuff was eh.The dad's overprotective nature came on too strong; I didn't need a comment made about both that and his hid...
  • Allison Parker
    2010-08-04
    In a futuristic Zimbabwe, the three children of a high-ranking general sneak out of their sheltered, robot-managed lives for a trip across the city. But their plans change when they are captured and taken to strange places they never imagined existed outside of their plush house. The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm, a detective team, are hired to find the child using their special abilities which came to them from their mothers' exposure to toxic waste...
  • Redd Becker
    2016-10-12
    Ear, Eye and Arm is Tendai’s coming-of-age story. He leaves home with his younger siblings as a boy and returns a man. Each adventure the children encounter deftly weaves core human foibles and what can be learned from them into the plot: greed, power, laziness, unrestrained talk, retardation, childhood innocence.Farmer writes in a more literary style than many books these days, but this tale was engaging. Encounters with interesting characters...
  • Manisha Gore
    2013-06-27
    In The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm, Farmer has a unique style. The first thing I noticed was the point of view. The book is narrated in the third person. The narrator knows all of the characters. However, the narrator is not constant- the point of view occasionally shifts to the viewpoint of ten year old Tendai, one of the Matsika children. Another interesting aspect of the author's style is the use of many themes. One of the most prominent of all ...
  • Kevin
    2009-07-01
    In the 1000 or so pages of Phillip Pullman's "His Dark Materials" trilogy, there is one word choice that betrays the fact that he is writing for children. It occurs in "The Subtle Knife" as our heroes come upon a madman trying in vain to use the eponymous blade, who in his fumblings has thrown the room around him into disarray, and Pullman writes that the furnishings had been thrown about "higgledy-piggledy". This bad bit of diction is the sort t...
  • Diana Veras
    2008-06-19
    This book is about three kids Rita, Tendai, and Kuda. THey keep running away because they each want to get explorer badges . Every-time they run away the detectives The Ear, The Eye, and the Arm have to recuse them. I didn't really like this book. IT goes from one plot to another which is very confusing. The beginning of the book was good but when it got to the middle an the end it got confusing and so boring. Another reason I don't recommend th...
  • Raylee Gifford
    2010-12-06
    This futuristic novel follows the story of 3 sheltered children in Africa. Their father is an important general and has kept them inside the gates to their home their entire lives for their protection. His children decide to go on a scouting trip one day and are kidnapped and forced to become slaves for the criminal the She-Elephant. After escaping the landfill where the She-Elephant lives they find themselves in an exclusive community that pract...