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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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Overview

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.

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.
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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
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 600L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.74 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy Farmer
Nancy Farmer
A former chemistry teacher and insect pathology technician who grew up in a quirky hotel on the Arizona/Mexican border, Nancy Farmer's futurisic, fantastical adventures -- like the 2002 National Book Award Winner The House of the Scorpion -- are clearly a reflection of a happily unconventional life.

Biography

Born in Phoenix, Arizona and raised in a quirky hotel on the outskirts of Mexico, Farmer's unconventional upbringing around such types as rodeo wranglers and circus travelers all but guaranteed the unique and colorful life that was to follow.

After receiving her B.A. degree from Oregon's Reed College 1963, Farmer enlisted in the Peace Corps in India where she served from 1963 to 1965. From 1969 to 1971, she found herself immersed in the study of chemistry at Merritt College in Oakland, California and later at the University of California at Berkeley from 1969 to 1971. However, her wanderlust eventually took her to Africa, where she labored as a lab technician in Zimbabwe from 1975 to 1978. There, she met Harold, her husband-to-be, who was an English teacher at the University; after a weeklong courtship, they were engaged. Happily married ever since, they have a son, Daniel.

On how she decided to become a writer, Farmer explained in an interview with the Educational Paperback Association, "When Daniel was four, while I was reading a novel, the feeling came over me that I could create the same kind of thing. I sat down almost in a trance and produced a short story. It wasn't good, but it was fun. I was forty years old." She continues, "Since that time I have been absolutely possessed with the desire to write. I can't explain it, only that everything up to then was a preparation for my real vocation."

Her first book, Do You Know Me?, an adventure for young people set in Zimbabwe, was soon to follow this epiphany. The book was well-received by kids and critics alike, and Publishers Weekly praised Farmer for providing "a most interesting window on a culture seldom seen in children's books."

Her follow-up, The Ear, the Eye and the Arm, was named an Newbery Award Honor Book in 1995, and also honored as a Notable Book and a Best Book for Young Adults by the American Library Association, and an Honor Book by the Golden Kite Awards, awarded by the Society of Children's Writers and Illustrators. Most recently, The House of the Scorpion won the 2002 National Book Award for Young People's Literature.

Good To Know

A former chemistry teacher, one of Farmer's first jobs was as an insect pathology technician. Said farmer in an interview with the Educational Paperback Association, "I had never taken entomology. All I knew was that bugs had more legs than cows, but my boss wanted someone who wouldn't talk back to him."

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    1. Hometown:
      Menlo Park, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 9, 1941
    2. Place of Birth:
      Phoenix, Arizona
    1. Education:
      B.A., Reed College, 1963

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2002

    MY DAUGHTERS NEW FAVORITE BOOK !

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2002

    Cute

    This is not that informative (a true fiction book!) but it is very cute. This would be a great book for kids.

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