“A marvelous odyssey […] featuring a witty projection of the future, a score of vividly realized characters, and a nonstop adventure culminating in a denouement that’s at once taut, comic, and touching, Farmer has created a splendidly imaginative fantasy.”
“The madcap game of chase and escape clips along as the author plies her playful, sly sense of humor on a wonderfully silly cast of secondary characters, spirits and Jetsonian gadgets. This tale overflows with wise insights, lessons and observations about the ties between heritage and family. Farmer is emerging as one of the best and brightest authors for the YA audience.“
"In its fundamental suspense and appeal the book bears an odd but satisfying resemblance to The Wizard of Oz—witches, scarecrows, and all."
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, Starred Review
"The thrilling adventure [...] will grab readers, who will also like the comic, tender characterizations, not only of the brave, defiant trio and the absurd detectives, but also of nearly every one the kids meet, from street gangsters and spiritual healers to the English tribespeople with their weird customs."
“It is a story that will stick with you and beg to be read again.”
“THE EAR, THE EYE, AND THE ARM is one of those books you finish and immediately want to call everyone you know to recommend.”
Awards & Accolades
ALA: “Best Book for Young Adults”
ALA: “Notable Children's Book”
Parent's Choice: 1994 “Story Book Award”
Blue Ribbon Book, 1994
Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Golden Kite Honor
Hal Clement [Golden Duck] Award