Friday, September 23, 2016

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

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. :)


  1. I've never heard of this, but it does sound fun! Especially for kids. I don't read much kids or middle grade fiction now, but I'd probably have liked it in the past :-)

  2. Lol. Yes it was a cool book if you like kids' books.

  3. I read House of the Scorpion years ago and I loved it, but I haven't read anything else by the author. I like YA, but this seems like it might be closer to middle grade, so I'm not sure if I'll pick it up. I find that middle grade books often feel a bit simplistic to me.

    1. I've loved everything I've read by the author. She's fantastic.