“The London Eye Mystery” by Siobhan Dowd

The Plot In Five Sentences Or Less:  Ted’s mind works a bit different than most people’s in that he’s great with numbers and facts, but not so adept at reading emotions.  When his cousin Salim comes to visit for a day, Ted and his sister Kat decide to take him on the London Eye, a giant ferris wheel on the southside of the Thames.  Ted and Kat watch Salim get on the ride and go to meet him at the return point, but Salim has somehow disappeared.  Will Ted and Kat be able to put their own unique minds together and solve the mystery and find Salim?

My Take:  I had seen this book on many short lists and had been wanting to read it for some time.  I was not disappointed.  Dowd does an excellent job of not only developing a mystery, but also of putting the reader into the mind of a person with high functioning autism.  I would recommend this to any child who is looking for a great mystery or is interested in learning more about what it’s like to live with Aspergers syndrome.  Ages 10+

One Interesting Note About The Author: Siobhan Dowd passed away too soon in 2007 at the young age of 47.  Prior to writing children’s books, she spent her life advocating for socially marginalized youth, including serving as the Deputy Commissioner for Children’s Rights in Oxfordshire.

 

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