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The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm by Nancy FarmerGeneral Matsikas children steal out of the house on a forbidden adventure--and disappear. In Zimbabwe, in the year 2194, the childrens parents call in Africas 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 Notable Book; ALA Best Book for Young Adults.
The Ear, the Eye and the Arm Themes
All rights reserved. Coming of age stories tend to follow a similar formula in literature. A lot of spooky stuff goes down in The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm. Old-fashioned Shona spirits run wild in the book, regardless of whether you're in ancient Resthaven or modern Zimbabwe. These aren' To the 21st-century American Shmooper, Zimbabwe or Resthaven might seem like a pretty strange place. The people practice traditions and customs that we just don't follow.
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A lot of spooky stuff goes down in The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm. Old-fashioned Shona spirits run wild in the book, regardless of whether you're in ancient Resthaven or modern Zimbabwe. These aren't your run-of-the-mill ghosts or mummies either. We have witches, ancestral spirits, and even special symbols called ndoros that people wear to communicate with the spirits. It plays a big role in the culture and traditions in the book. The novel demonstrates openness to spirituality and the supernatural as distinctively Zimbabwean.