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The London Eye Mystery

The London Eye Mystery

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by Siobhan Dowd

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Ted and Kat watched their cousin Salim board the London Eye. But after half an hour it landed and everyone trooped off–except Salim. Where could he have gone? How on earth could he have disappeared into thin air? Ted and his older sister, Kat, become sleuthing partners, since the police are having no luck. Despite their prickly relationship, they overcome their


Ted and Kat watched their cousin Salim board the London Eye. But after half an hour it landed and everyone trooped off–except Salim. Where could he have gone? How on earth could he have disappeared into thin air? Ted and his older sister, Kat, become sleuthing partners, since the police are having no luck. Despite their prickly relationship, they overcome their differences to follow a trail of clues across London in a desperate bid to find their cousin. And ultimately it comes down to Ted, whose brain works in its own very unique way, to find the key to the mystery. This is an unput-downable spine-tingling thriller–a race against time.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

A 12-year-old Londoner with something like Asperger's syndrome narrates this page-turner, which grabs readers from the beginning and doesn't let go. As Ted and his older sister Katrina watch, their visiting cousin Salim boards a "pod" for a ride on the London Eye, a towering tourist attraction with a 360-degree view of the city-but unlike his fellow passengers, Salim never comes down. He has vanished. At the outset Ted explains that he has cracked the case: "Having a funny brain that runs on a different operating system from other people's helped me to figure out what happened." The tension lies in the implicit challenge to solve the mystery ahead of Ted, who turns his intense observational powers on the known facts, transforming his unnamed disability into an investigative tool while the adults' emotions engulf them. Dowd ratchets up the stakes repeatedly: is a boy in the morgue Salim? Has he drowned? Been kidnapped? Katrina and Ted work together to solve the puzzle, developing new respect for each other. The author wryly locates the humor as Ted wrangles with his symptoms (learning to lie represents progress) but also allows Ted an ample measure of grace. Comparisons to The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-timeare inevitable-this release was delayed when Mark Haddon's book (from the same publisher) became a bestseller-but Dowd makes clearer overtures to younger readers. Just as impressive as Dowd's recent debut, A Swift Pure Cry, and fresh cause to mourn her premature death this year. Ages 8-12. (Feb.)

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Children's Literature
AGERANGE: Ages 10 to 14.

The London Eye is the gargantuan Ferris Wheel that was built on the bank of the Thames for the Millennium Celebration. Or, as the book's narrator Ted describes it, it is "the only cantilevered structure of its kind on earth . . . designed like a giant bicycle wheel, supported by a massive A-frame." Ted thinks like that and talks like that because he has an unnamed syndrome that makes him very precise, very bright, and borderline autistic. Dowd's mystery is seemingly about the impossible mid-flight disappearance of Ted's cousin, Salim, from a closed capsule of the Eye. In truth, it is the story of Ted's tentative progression out of his brain and into the human race as he doggedly solves the mystery. Twelve-year-old Ted has a little help from his big sister, Kat, but not much from the rest of his semi-dysfunctional family. Watching him struggle from the constant weather report in his head to mastering the Tube on his own, learning to lie (nicely and only out of sheer necessity), and--most importantly--grasping the rules of dealing with adults, is fascinating. The saving of Salim is gratifying, but far more welcome is the saving of Ted. Siobhan Dowd's writing is as precise as Ted himself. The end result is a heady read. Reviewer: Kathleen Karr

School Library Journal

Gr 5-8- Ted and Kat lose their cousin Salim at the London Eye sightseeing attraction, "the largest observation wheel ever built." Given a free ticket by a stranger, Salim enters the ride, but he never emerges. Guilty about their part in the bungled outing, the siblings trace scraps of information that illuminate the boy's disappearance. Ted, who is something of an enigma himself, narrates the story. He has a neurological cross wiring that results in an encyclopedic brain and a literal view of the world. He finds it hard to read motivations and emotions, but excels at clue tracing and deduction. Kat, his older sister, deplores his odd behaviors but relies on his analytic brain while she does the legwork. The result is a dense mystery tied together with fully fleshed out characters and a unique narrator. Good mysteries for kids are rare, and this offering does the genre proud. London Eye is the best sort, throwing out scads of clues for discerning readers to solve the mystery themselves. Add to that Ted's literal translation of our world, his distanced view of an alien landscape of human interactions, and the ways he gains a better understanding of that world through the course of the novel, and the story is even more noteworthy. Suggest this as a read-alike to fans of Blue Balliett's Chasing Vermeer (Scholastic, 2004) or Lauren Tarshis's Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree (Dial, 2007).-Caitlin Augusta, The Darien Library, CT

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Kirkus Reviews
When Ted's cousin Salim visits London, he insists on riding "The London Eye," an immense observation wheel. A stranger gives Salim a free ticket; Salim enters a passenger capsule; 30 minutes later, when the capsule returns from its rotation, Salim has vanished. What follows is an intricate mystery, related from the unique point of view of 12-year-old Ted, who has Asperger's Syndrome. Ted is a brilliant but literal thinker who sees things in things in terms of mathematical probabilities. His brain, though differently wired, is as efficient as a computer. It is precisely the logical mind needed to solve the mystery, and it saves Salim's life. This is a well-constructed puzzle, and mystery lovers will delight in connecting the clues, but what makes this a riveting read is Ted's voice. He is bright, honest, brave and very funny about his "syndrome" (his teacher has given him a cartoon code for recognizing the five basic emotions). The message, grippingly delivered, is that kids, even differently abled ones, are worth paying attention to. (Fiction. 9-14)
From the Publisher
Starred review, Publishers Weekly, December 3, 2007:
"Grabs readers from the beginning and doesn't let go."

Starred review, Booklist, January 1, 2008:
“Everything rings true here, the family relationships, the quirky connections of
Ted’s mental circuitry, and, perhaps most surprisingly, the mystery.”

Starred review, Kirkus Reviews, December 15, 2007:
“This is a well-constructed puzzle, and mystery lovers will delight in connecting the clues.”

Starred review, School Library Journal, February 2008:
“A dense mystery tied together with fully fleshed out characters and a unique narrator.”

Starred review, The Horn Book, May/June 2008:
“The best mysteries have at their centers gifted but very human sleuths—their abilities balanced by equally significant flaws or idiosyncrasies. This one is no exception.”

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Random House Children's Books
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Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 7.32(h) x 1.12(d)
640L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Siobhan Dowd was named one of the "top 100 Irish-Americans" for her global anti-censorship work with the writers’organization PEN America. Siobhan Dowd’s novels include A Swift Pure Cry, for which she was named a Publishers Weekly Flying Start author, and Bog Child. She died in August 2007 from breast cancer.

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The London Eye Mystery 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 89 reviews.
teamshallow More than 1 year ago
The London Eye Mystery is about a brother and sister, Kat and Ted, loosing there cousin on the London Eye. Ted, Kat's brother, has a disability called Aspergers Syndrome. Even though Ted has Aspergers Syndrome, doesn't mean anything; he is actually a giant part of the book. Ted's brain works different; but that's how they find Salem. The author, Siobhan Dowd, keeps you on the edge of your seat through the whole book; after every chapter you want to keep reading it. She puts a nice visual picture in your head of what's going on in the book. If you are interested in mystery books then the London Eye Mystery would be perfect for you. This book could definitely teach you a lesson like, not to except stuff from strangers. I read this book in class, but after every time we read it I wanted to take it home and read it. I think this book deserves a five star rating 100%. Something that I don't really like about this book is that it keeps you wanting to read it all day!
Twinkle14 More than 1 year ago
The London Eye Mystery is mainly about a boy named Ted. He has Asperser's Syndrome. Ted is good at remembering things. Whenever Ted's cousin Salim ran off somewhere, he uses his background knowledge to figure where Salim went. When Ted is disappointed at his older sister Kat he calls her bad names like Catastrophe, Cataclysm, and Catatonic. When our reading/language arts class read it the story started off not interesting then at the end its get really interesting. This book is a mystery book. The author's writing style is that the author is trying to combine the mystery and fiction. I like book because it has many mysteries and family types for example: the arguing. This book was awarded for the "Best Children's Book." I would rate this as a 5 star.
cal43096 More than 1 year ago
The London Eye Mystery is all about a family get together going horribly wrong. Ted is an average guy, but the one thing that you might find is that he has Asperser's Syndrome. On a perfectly fine day at the London Eye, Kat, Ted, and Salim go on the big bike wheel in the sky, but a mysterious man comes up and offers Salim a ticket. After the London Eye is done going around, Salim doesn't come out. Ted, the main character uses his good memory to find Salim. This book teaches a good lesson about not stereotyping, and not always having adults doing the work. One of the things I liked about this book is that it teaches a good lesson about not always having adults doing the work. This book would fall under the category of realistic fiction/ mystery. This book won the 2008 School library best book of the year award. Five stars is my opinion for this book, with two thumbs up.
conwayeast More than 1 year ago
The London Eye Mystery is a realistic page turning novel. The author, Siobhan Dowd has a cool way of writing; she takes her time to explain special details. Ted has Aspersers syndrome and can see things that others don't. You really have to think about the theme "how can or how does an ability become a disability?" This book takes place in London, a place for mysteries. His sister is a trouble maker. All hell has broken lose in their house. Salim is Ted's cousin and he has mysteriously vanished. So Ted and his sis decide to do some investigating on their own. And the end is one of the best parts, and its gets tied together very well. I'd give this book eight out of 10 they uncover something big. read The London Eye Mystery to find out.
MoneyDM More than 1 year ago
The London Eye mystery is about a kid named Ted who has a disability, aspergers syndrome. Ted uses it to his ability to find his cousin, who vanishes after a trip to the London Eye. The main characters are Ted, Kat, and Sailm and his mother Glo. Siobhan Dowd has a different writing style then the other writers. The author makes you stop and wonder what is happening and makes you have an image in your head. And she is very inspiring. She makes you wonder why someone how would wont to read. This book disserves a 4 to 5 star rating because this book got a little slow in the book at the begging. This book should be read by a 7th grader though 10th grader. School Library Journal Best Books of the Year.
MandySW More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed listening to the audio of THE LONDON EYE MYSTERY by Siobhan Dowd (Brilliance Audio, 2008) and think it is perfect fast-paced mystery for a tween audience. In the story, Ted, Kat, and family were not prepared for the storm that followed when "Hurricane Aunt Gloria" and her son Salim blew into town. Salim had set his sights on riding the London Eye before he and his mom moved overseas to New York. The perfect opportunity presented itself when a mysterious stranger offered his ticket to Salim. Ted and Kat sat back and watched their excited cousin Salim board the Eye, but they became worried when he never got off. This simple Ferris wheel ride turns into a roller coaster style investigation as various characters share theories, accusations, lies, and their involvement in Salim's disappearance. Ted, with the unusual way his brain thinks, works along side with his sister Kat and her gift of gab, to prove that "what comes up must come down." Young readers who have an "eye" for mystery will not be able to resist this story and will enjoy riding along side with unlikely duo Ted and Kat as they search for clues and answers to what happened to their cousin Salim. (2009 Best Books for Young Adults)
The_hibernators More than 1 year ago
When Ted and Kat's cousin Salim mysteriously disappears while riding the London Eye they team up to find him. Ted and Kat never got along in the past because Ted has Asperger's Syndrome and is difficult to relate to; however, they discover that a combination of his rational thinking skills and her intuitive action makes them an ideal team. It may be because I've OD'd myself on Autism books this April, but I wasn't overly impressed by this story. I don't regret reading it--it was a cute story, and handled the issue of Ted's Asperger's symptoms well enough. But I didn't feel a strong attachment to the characters. I also felt that the mystery (and the way it was solved at the very, very end) lacked verisimilitude. I understand why the frantic parents didn't listen to what the kids had to say...but I felt that the cops should have given the kids a much more rigorous questioning, considering that the kids were the key witnesses to a rather suspicious event. I felt that the kids endangered themselves unnecessarily when trying to solve the mystery. I prefer it when books develop a plot such that the kids MUST do what they do, rather than it just being reckless behavior. But maybe that's because I didn't have that sort of fearless independence when I was a kid. I would have MADE the adults listen to me, instead. :) But like I said, I think I'm just OD'd on fantastic Autism books right now and so this one just wasn't what I needed at the moment. Final recommendation: read it if it's convenient, but don't rush out to get it.
Sagabeast More than 1 year ago
This book takes place in London, a place of dreams. If you're a mystery kind of person, then this book will be great for you. One thing I like about this book is that Ted and Kat's cousin, Salem, vanishes on the London Eye. Ted has Aspergers syndrome meaning Ted's brain runs on its own unique operating system. It's just that Ted has a great mind and he is great at putting together clues. One thing I don't like about this book is that they could have connected all the evidence like the clues in the beginning in the book leads to the end of the book. I give this book a four star rating. This book has won six awards. One of them is a school library journal, best book of the year.
SireKK More than 1 year ago
Ted is like most kids, but he has something that some kids don't have called aspergers syndrome. With this ability, Ted and his sister Kat try to find their cousin Salim who disappeared at the London Eye. The London Eye Mystery is a mystery and a realistic fiction book written Siobhan Dowd, who has a great writing style. She wrote The London Eye Mystery in first person and creates good background knowledge about autism and aspergers syndrome. I would rate this book a five star book for the great details and vivid imagery. The London Eye Mystery won the Best Children's Book Award, the Horn Book Fanfare Award, and many more.
Endo232 More than 1 year ago
"It depends on how you look at it." Aunt Gloria comes to London with her son Salim to visit their relatives. They plan on going on the London eye so they go and there moms just let the kids go. So there waiting in line and a strange guy comes up to them to give them a ticket so ted and Kat just let Salim go up because he has never been up. Ted and Kat wait for him to come back down and he has vanished he doesn't come out. It has all gone. About a mystery of child that goes missing. I would give this book five out of five because this is an outstanding book. If you like Intensity you would love this book.
MandaAS More than 1 year ago
My name is Ted, I am diagnosed with aspergers syndrome. Recently my cousins came and visited. I became very comfortable around my cousin Salim. I found out a lot of interesting things about him. When he mysteriously disappeared, everyone was in complete panic mode. Crying, searching, and hoping for him to return. You will come to see that my 'disability' is actually a 'gift' I think people who are interested in mystery stories with a little bit of drama will love this book. This book kept me at the edge of my seat, and it will easily keep you there too. The London Eye Mystery is a very intriguing and shocking story. There is a lot of twists and bends in the story. Siobhan Dowd's writing is very detailed, and puts a very clear picture in your head. I would definitely give this book a five star.
J-A-R More than 1 year ago
The best part of The London Eye Mystery is that it is very mysterious . This book teaches you many things such as to expect the unexpected and be aware of your surroundings. No, I wouldn't recommend this book to a friend because to much was writtena about the weather. Even though this author wrote five other books I wouldn't read them. I was very disappointed by this book because it talked mostly about the weather. If it talked less about the weather and more about what the story was really about I think it would be more interesting. It was also a little difficult to understand because the English spoken in London is different then some of the words we use in America.
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Tis is a fantastic book to read for anyone of any age.
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This has to be my favorite book so far. It's an amazing mystery book that can be for anyone, i have only gotten to the third chapter and i can already say that it is awsome. I definately would recomend it
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Very good book
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I loved this book it is so great and the mystery is omposible to figure out for mystery lovers buy the book :-)