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The Ear, The Eye and The Arm

The Ear, The Eye and The Arm

Fall 1994 Fiction
Ages: 10 & Up
By: Nancy Farmer
ISBN: 0531068293
Hardcover Price: $13.27
Review:
In a futuristic society, filled with robots and mutants as well as human beings, the Chief of Security in Zimbabwe has raised his three children in a total isolation on the family estate. Eager to see the outside world, thirteen-year-old Tendai embroils his younger siblings in a plan to leave home for a short trip - he thinks. Once outside the gate, the children are promptly kidnapped. Their frantic parents ultimately hire three mutant detectives aptly named, The Ear, The Eye and The Arm.

With fascinatingly funny, oddball, and ominous characters, this complex visionary fantasy is filled with mythological images, thugs and cosmic themes. While the children suffer and struggle from one adventure to another - including a visit to a seemingly benigh, old-time pastoral community - they are chased by the peculiar, kindly, humorous detectives.

Kemie Nix   ©1994 Parents' Choice
Kemie Nix is Chairman of Children's Literature for Children (CLC), a non-profit, tax-exempt, educational organization dedicated to bringing children and books together. Mrs. Nix, a senior book editor for Parents' Choice, has a remarkable sense of selecting books children love to read.


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