The Warm Place

The Warm Place

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by Nancy Farmer
     
 

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When Ruva, a young giraffe, is captured and sent to a zoo in San Francisco, she calls upon two rats, a street-smart chameleon, a runaway boy, and all the magical powers of the animal world to return to "the warm place" that is home.  See more details below

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When Ruva, a young giraffe, is captured and sent to a zoo in San Francisco, she calls upon two rats, a street-smart chameleon, a runaway boy, and all the magical powers of the animal world to return to "the warm place" that is home.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Farmer, whose The Ear, the Eye and the Arm received a 1995 Newbery Honor, confirms her place among the most inventive YA writers of the day with this rollicking tale. Ruva, a baby giraffe kidnapped by poachers, despairs of ever again seeing her mother or her home in central Africa. Fortunately, during the ocean crossing she meets up with Rodentus von Stroheim the Third, a most unusual rat who takes it upon himself to educate her. She puts his training to work at the horrible Dante's Zoo outside San Francisco, learning to trust her instincts in finding her home (the "Warm Place"), practicing giraffe magic (disappearing into the background) and, finally, escaping with the help of a smart-mouthed chameleon named Nelson and a Templeton-esque rat named Troll. The motley crew stows away on an Africa-bound yacht, but the journey home is fraught with peril, not the least of which are the evil Slopes, a family of demons who have enslaved Jabila, a runaway boy searching for a "Warm Place" of his own. Following in the grand tradition of Roald Dahl's fantastical James and the Giant Peach, Farmer's tale careens from one over-the-top situation to the next; laced with dry humor and populated by memorable characters, it is pure delight. Ages 9-11. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
During her seventeen years in Africa, Farmer picked up plenty of the local lore and also has a natural talent for telling stories. In this tale the animals talk and a human boy is able to communicate. Ruva, a baby giraffe was caught by poachers and taken from her home in Africa. With the help of Rodentus and a strange collection of animals, they survive harrowing adventures to once again arrive home. Like her other books The Ear, the Eye and the Arm and A Girl named Disaster, Farmer keeps readers turning the pages to find out what could possibly happen next. Humor and high adventure for middle grade readers. 1996 (orig.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6Ruva, a young wild giraffe, is captured and taken to a San Francisco zoo. She thinks only of returning to Africa, and with the help of a scruffy rat named Troll and a cynical chameleon, Nelson, she makes her way back to the same boat, the Apocalypso, commanded by the evil Slope family, that brought her to America. On board, her old friend and tutor Rodentus von Stroheim the Third, and a young boy, Jabila, work together with the animals to carry out a plan to free themselves from the tyranny of their captors. The plot is fresh and fast-moving, and many of the details inventiveStrangleweeds and Gross Green Sea-Going Sargasso Snails play a large part in the group's eventual freedom, and intriguing Biblical stories told from the animals' point of view add interest. However, grumpy Nelson's anti-female bias quickly becomes tiresome. Children new to animal fantasy should respond well to the book's sense of adventure and excitement, and to the feel-good ending. Although this is not quite in the same league as such modern-day classics as Robert C. O'Brien's Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (Atheneum, 1971) or Dick King-Smith's animal stories, it does showcase yet another side of the multifaceted author who created the highly original The Ear, the Eye and the Arm (Orchard, 1994).Ellen Fader, Oregon State Library, Salem

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140379563
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
10/28/1996
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.74(h) x 0.42(d)
Lexile:
600L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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Warm Place 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
MY 8 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER DIDNT WANT TO QUIT READING. SHE GOT SWEPT AWAY IN THE STORY. I HAD TO CHECK IT OUT OF THE LIBRARY TWICE. NOW, SHE WANTS ME TO BUY IT FOR XMAS. SHE TELLS EVERYONE ABOUT IT.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is not that informative (a true fiction book!) but it is very cute. This would be a great book for kids.