Grade 7-10 - Science-Fiction, African culture. The Ear, the Eye, and The Arm is one of the better books on the market this year. It definitely ranks as one to be recommended without reservations. It has tremendous value for a classroom as well - there are so many different layers that could be explored and lead to further research ( maybe you could use it for one of your reading/writing/listening assignments next year). Regardless of its "educational" value, the entertainment value is high. It's a book to re-read many times.
Even readers who don't like sf will be drawn to a hero who has a sense of humor about his serious mission. In Zimbabwe in the year 2194, the military ruler's 13-year-old son and his younger brother and sister leave their technologically overcontrolled home and find themselves on a series of perilous adventures. Tendai and his siblings encounter mile-high buildings and other miracles of scientific advance; they also find fetid slums and toxic waste dumps. As they're kidnapped by gangsters, forced to slave in a plastic mine, and accused of witchcraft, they're pursued by mutant detectives, who are both bumbling and sensitive and who always seem to be just one step behind rescuing the children.
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