The Ear, the Eye and the Arm
by Nancy Farmer
Three children set out to explore their African city to earn a scout badge. They have been very protected and never been allowed outside the walls of their home even unaccompanied.
The oldest Tendai is 13 and is supposed to be taking care of his younger sister and brother. Of course, something goes awry. For all dad’s power, he can’t seem to track them down. Mom turns to a detective agency (hence the name) where each member has a very specific gift.
The children go on an odyssey where Tendai learns a lot about himself. His parents learn that they should be educating the children about their city and not hiding them away.
This is good for the younger YA set. It’s dystopian without some of the violence or death that you find in Hunger Games.
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