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January 1, 2011

The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm

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The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm

 

Author: Nancy Farmer

 

Page Length: 311

 

Reading Level: 6

 

Genre: Fiction

PLOT SUMMARY: Tendai, Rita, and Kuda have lived a sheltered life. They are the children of a very powerful general in Zimbabwe. Their life has been sheltered from the outside world where danger and evil lurk in the year 2194. Yet, one day, the Mellower convinces mother and father to agree to a trip into the city. The children have left before mother and father realize what has happened. Danger strikes quickly and the children are whisked to labor in a world they never even knew existed. From one harrowing escape to another, the children never give up hope of going home. With the lands most unusual detectives on their case, they just might make it if the dreaded masks don’t get to them first.

REVIEW: This book is definitely an out of the norm read. The characters have depth and are very interesting. Analyzing the motivation and traits of each would make an excellent class project. It was a little hard to follow in areas, and I think it would be difficult for some students to relate to the types of settings many parts of the story take place in. Some of the language and names would make the story very difficult for struggling readers. I would only recommend this book to more advanced readers. In order to teach this book effectively, much discussion and explanation should follow.

AREAS FOR TEACHING:  sequence of events, cause and effect, character traits, making predictions

TOUCHY AREAS-PAGES: kidnapping, gangsters, crime, forced labor

RELATED BOOKS: A Girl Named Disaster, The House of the Scorpion, The Sea of Trolls, The Islands of the Blessed, City of Ember

MOVIE CONNECTIONS:

City of Ember (2008 – related futuristic societal fears and challenges)

RELATED WEBSITES:

http://www.nancyfarmerwebsite.com/

http://www.masconomet.org/teachers/trevenen/eareye.html

http://english.byu.edu/Novelinks/Novel%20Pages/Ear,%20the%20Eye%20and%20the%20Arm.htm

REVIEWED BY: Dayna Taylor

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