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The Ear, the Eye and the Arm

By Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Amazing adventure about siblings lost in a future Zimbabwe.

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Nancy Farmer's Newbery Honor book is rich, and readers likely will be fascinated by the blend of traditional Zimbabwean culture and futuristic technology, such as robotic guard dogs and flying cars. There's plenty of adventure and some great visuals, such as when a shadow coming out of a tunnel turns out to be a group of well-choreographed gangsters. There are many unlikely heroes here: Tendai is an easy protagonist to sympathize with -- he's afraid he lacks his father's warrior personality and lacks the fire that his brother and sister both obviously possess. In the end, though, he learns something about what it really means to have courage and to use his own gifts to help others.

Readers capable of handling the constant peril and even the threat of torture will find a story that provokes them to think about what it means to be brave and do the right thing.

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