Everything you need to understand or teach The Ear, the Eye and the Arm by Nancy Farmer.
The plot moves in a direction familiar to readers of fantasy fiction: the hero(s), in this case three children who range in age from very young to pre-adolescent, face trials and tribulations that include weird monsters and strange places. They overcome their challenges through a combination of courage, cunning and the help of at least a few benevolent characters. The children—Rita, Kendai and Kuda—are the coddled offspring of Zimbabwe strongman General Amadeus Matsika and his wife. They endure kidnapping, exploitation, demonic possession and terrors galore as they fall into the clutches of the netherworld inhabited by genetic freaks and ancient tribal spirits. As they search for freedom from this dark underground, the runaways are tracked by three detectives known as the Ear, the Eye and the Arm designating their physical abnormalities caused by exposure to toxic wastes. Their journey toward freedom is also assisted by Trashman, another example of genetic... View more of the The Ear, the Eye and the Arm Summary