A 1995 Newbery Honor Book, ''The Ear, the Eye and the Arm''[[note]] (No, there is not a comma missing there)[[/note]] is a novel by Nancy Farmer set in Zimbabwe [[ExtyYearsFromNow 200 years in the future]].
Tendai and his siblings Rita and Kuda have lived a sheltered life and have a strained relationship with their father, the renowned General Matsika. Thus, with the aid of their caretaker, the Mellower, they sneak out of the house...and into a whole lot of trouble, getting themselves kidnapped. Meanwhile, the Matsika parents are frantic with worry, so the Mellower suggests hiring some detectives he has heard of - [[TitleDrop the Ear, the Eye, and the Arm]]. As the Matsika children struggle to survive, the detectives race to find them before it's too late.
Most notable for its heavy exploration of African myths and traditions, something that normally never appears in Western fiction.
!!This book provides examples of:
* AllMythsAreTrue: The ancient African myths are ''very'' real and drive a lot of the story.
* AncientAfrica: Resthaven. In the middle of the futuristic Zimbabwe, this is a sacred country where the old ways are preserved[[note]]Even the unpleasant ones[[/note]] - "the spiritual heart of Africa." Even airplanes aren't allowed to fly overhead, and the people who live inside of it have only the vaguest notion of the outside world - most of them.
* AndIMustScream: [[spoiler:Happens to Arm near the end of the book.]]
* BigDamnHeroes: The detectives pull this in Resthaven. [[spoiler:Arm also attempts to pull this at the book's climax, but that doesn't work out.]]
* BlessedWithSuck: Arm's telepathy grows in strength as the book progresses, making him more sensitive to what other people are feeling nearby, and thus making it harder for him to function around other people. [[spoiler:Luckily for him, he loses his telepathy due to what the Gondwannan gods do to him.]]
* ComingOfAgeStory: For Tendai.
* DisproportionateRetribution: When Rita steals some food while the siblings are in Resthaven, guess what her punishment is? [[spoiler:They heat peanuts with coals and use them ''to burn her chest.'']] Ouch.
* DeadpanSnarker: Rita, when she wants to be. It gets her into trouble a lot.
* DecadeDissonance: In 2194 there is Resthaven, which is an independent country with people who live their life in the GoodOldWays.
* TheDreaded: Matsika. As security chief of Zimbabwe, he brought an end to the chaos caused by the great gang wars through sheer ruthlessness. Over a decade later, just mentioning his name is enough to make the surviving lesser criminals take flight.
* EldritchAbomination: [[spoiler:The Gondwannan gods are supposedly these.]]
* FishOutOfWater: Tendai and his siblings, having no clue how to adapt to life outside their house.
* FlyingCar: It's the future, folks. Flying vehicles are everywhere.
* FrickinLaserBeams: Laser guns are illegal weapons in the future, used solely by criminals. In a subversion of most fictional lasers, a character actually does get temporarily blinded by looking at one.
* FutureFoodIsArtificial: An algae described as "pond scum" which is "pressed into the shape of hot dogs, etc."
* GoodOldWays: Inverted and somewhat played straight with Resthaven. It's a natural preserve of pristine beauty, and it's a very good place to live - if you're a man. If you're a girl, you can look forward to polygamy and drudgery for the rest of your life, and [[spoiler: if twins are born, one of the twins ''will'' be killed. Yes, probably the girl.]]
* HappilyAdopted: [[spoiler:Sekai, in the WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue.]]
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:The She-Elephant just wanted someone to respect her.]]
* HiveMind: The mutant inhabitants of Dead Man's Vlei are hinted to be this. They don't like outsiders.
* HumansAreWhite: Averted. There are three distinct ethnic groups -- Black, Brown, and White. Most of the characters belong to Black and Brown, but the Mellower, [[ThoseTwoGuys Knife]], and Ear are White.
* InfantImmortality: Played straight, although the plot comes very close to averting this on a few occasions.
* LightningGun: The Soul Stealers.
* LuddWasRight: This is one of the main viewpoints of the residents of Resthaven.
* ManChild: Trashman is an example of this. Kuda is the only one who can (supposedly) understand him.
** And the Mellower has elements of this, too.
* ManiacMonkeys: The Blue Monkey, a genetically engineered TalkingAnimal. He's a jerk.
* TheMenFirst: Implied that this is part of General Matsika's professional standards. [[spoiler:By the end, Tendai develops similar beliefs.]]
* MyBelovedSmother: [[spoiler:The Mellower's mother.]]
* NeoAfrica: The book's setting.
* NobleSavage: Resthaven again, deconstructed. See GoodOldWays.
* ReligionOfEvil: The Masks.
* PsychicPowers: Arm. [[spoiler:He loses some of them at the end, but he's not entirely ungrateful. See BlessedWithSuck.]]
* ShownTheirWork: The depictions of African traditional culture and mythology are very thorough.
* SpannerInTheWorks: The Masks did not count on [[spoiler:She-Elephant's HeelFaceTurn]].
* StepfordSmiler: [[spoiler: The Mellower, still unable to get over his abusive MyBelovedSmother.]]
* StockYuck: Parsnips, apparently.
* SuperSenses: Eye and Ear each have one super sense. [[ThemeNaming Go on, guess what they are.]]
* ThemeNaming: This trope feels the love. The three detectives, the Mellower, the She-Elephant, Knife and Fist, Trashman...
* TrashOfTheTitans: The [[IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace Dead Man's Vlei]]- an abandoned toxic waste dump- is spacious enough to house an entire colony of scavengers, and so deep that slaves ''mine'' for salvage.
* WellDoneSonGuy: General Matsika starts out as part of this for all his children (especially with Tendai). As you might guess, it doesn't work out very well for him.
* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue: Touches on ''all'' the characters, even the minor ones.
* WouldHurtAChild: Most of the inhabitants of Resthaven, [[WouldHitAGirl as long as it's a girl]].