The Warm Place

Ruva lives peacefully with her giraffe family in Africa—until she is kidnapped by the dastardly Slope family and shipped to the San Francisco zoo.  Then she meets the wise rats Troll and Rodentus: a magical chameleon named Nelso: and Jabila, a boy who has been kidnapped by the Slopes, too.  Can the five outwit their captors and find “the warm place” that is their home?


“Farmer confirms her place among the most inventive YA writers of the day with this rollicking tale […] 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.”

Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"Good fantasy changes the way the world looks, and that's what Farmer's book does."


Awards & Accolades


Best Children’s Book, Zimbabwe International Book Fair, 1996