Author: Siobhan Dowd
Publisher: David Fickling Books (Feb. 12, 2008)
What goes up must come down – unless you’re Ted Sparks’ cousin Salim.
Aunt Gloria and her teenage son Salim are preparing to move from
They decide to visit one of Ted’s favorite places, the London Eye. The London Eye, also called the Millennium Wheel, is the tallest ferris wheel in
After their parents contact the police, Ted and Kat decide to launch their investigation into their cousin’s disappearance. Ted has Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of high-functioning autism. Since his brain works on a “different operating system”, Kat and Ted think they may have an advantage over the police investigators. Can Ted’s unique perspective help them find Salim before it’s too late? Some of the British slang used throughout the book may be challenging for young American readers. I had no trouble with it, but a glossary like the one included in Louise Rennison’s Georgia Nicholson series would have been a nice touch for the American edition.
I found The London Eye Mystery to be an interesting, fast read. It is not without some flaws, however. Ted and Kat withhold vital evidence from their parents and the police (such as Salim’s camera and information about the stranger who gave Salim his ticket). I never got past my disbelief that they would withhold so much evidence when their cousin was in a dangerous situation.
Some of the British slang used throughout the book may be challenging for young American readers. I had no trouble with it, but a glossary like the one included in Louise Rennison’s Georgia Nicholson series would have been a nice touch for the American edition.
Where The London Eye Mystery really shines, though, is in the character of Ted Sparks. Ted is a fascinating, sympathetic character. His Asperger’s Syndrome was well-portrayed and consistent with what I know of Asperger’s. Dowd did an effective job of showing how Ted deals with his social challenges. Dowd also showcased the positive aspects of Asperger’s Syndrome: Ted is extremely intelligent, honest and free of prejudice. It's obvious that a lot of research was put into his character. The London Eye Mystery was worth reading for Ted’s characterization alone.Rating: 7/10.
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