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The London Eye Mystery [Kindle Edition]

Siobhan Dowd
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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.

From the Hardcover edition.

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

*Starred Review* The facts seem simple enough. While their mothers have coffee, Ted and his older sister, Kat, and their cousin, Salim, wait in a queue to ride the London Eye, an observation wheel that allows those locked in the glass-and-steel capsules to see 25 miles in every direction. A stranger from the front of the line offers one free ticket, and since Salim is the visitor, stopping in London before moving with his mum to New York, he takes it. Ted and Kat see him enter the capsule and follow his ride, but to their shock, he doesn’t exit with his fellow riders. This book, very different from Dowd’s searing A Swift Pure Cry (2007),  is much more than a taut mystery. In Ted, Dowd offers a complex young hero, whose “funny brain . . .  runs on a different operating system” (seemingly Asperger’s Syndrome) and who is obsessed with shipping forecasts and with his inability to connect well with others. After several long days have passed with no sign of Salim, Ted must use the skills he has and overcome some of his personal challenges to find his cousin. Everything rings true here, the family relationships, the quirky connections of Ted’s mental circuitry, and, perhaps most surprisingly, the mystery. So often the mechanics of mystery don’t bear close scrutiny, but that’s not so here. A page turner with heft. Grades 5-8. --Ilene Cooper


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.”

From the Hardcover edition.

Product Details

  • File Size: 243 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0375849769
  • Publisher: David Fickling Books (February 12, 2008)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0013TPUNO
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,650 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too March 4, 2008
Good young adult and middle grade mysteries are sometimes hard to come by. THE LONDON EYE MYSTERY by Siobhan Dowd is one you won't want to miss.

It all starts when Ted's cousin, Salim, comes to visit. Salim and his mother are about to move to New York City and have planned a family visit in London before their departure. Of course, what is a visit to London without a ride on the London Eye? That's when the trouble begins.

Ted and his older sister, Kat, haven't seen much of their cousin in the past. The visit starts out on a wrong note because of the unusual sleeping arrangements required by their tiny house. Kat is unhappy about bunking on the couch, and Ted is unhappy with the disruption of his whole routine. As Ted explains, he suffers from a "syndrome," which he defines by stating that his brain runs on "a different operating system" than everyone else. His judgment of other people's emotional responses is a bit off, and his views of the world around him tend to be quite literal. (I'm guessing that he suffers from some form of autism.)

Salim turns out to be quite a pleasant visitor. His only request is to take a ride on the London Eye, a massive ferris wheel attraction in the center of London. When the cousins and their mothers arrive at the Eye, they find the ticket line and actual ride line disappointingly long. Relief comes when a stranger offers one ticket, free of charge, to Salim. Ted and Kat eagerly accept the ticket and pocket the original ticket money from their mother as they rush Salim to the waiting ride.

The mystery begins when Salim doesn't disembark from the London Eye at the conclusion of his ride. Ted and Kat have as many as nine different theories. Was he kidnapped? Did he actually go on the ride at all?
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Richie's Picks: THE LONDON EYE MYSTERY April 3, 2008
"What goes up must come down
Spinning wheel got to go 'round"
--Blood, Sweat & Tears

"Kat and I tracked Salim's capsule as it made its orbit. When it reached its highest point, we both said, 'NOW!' at the same time and Kat laughed and I joined in. That's how we knew we'd been tracking the right one. We saw the people bunch up as the capsule came back down, facing northeast towards the automatic camera for the souvenir photograph. They were just dark bits of jackets, legs, dresses, and sleeves.
"Then the capsule landed. The doors opened and the passengers came out in twos and threes. They walked off in different directions. Their faces were smiling. Their paths never crossed again.
"But Salim wasn't among them.
"We waited for the next capsule and the next and the one after that. He still didn't appear. Somewhere, somehow, in the thirty minutes of riding the Eye, in his sealed capsule, he had vanished off the face of the earth. This is how having a funny brain that runs on a different operating system from other people's helped me to figure out what had happened."

Twelve-year-old Ted's mind does not process like that of the typical person. He is wired in a fashion that causes him to be "very good at thinking about facts and how things work." He is a young man with an obsession with and excellent understanding of weather and weather patterns.

Ted and Kat's cousin Salim and their Aunt Gloria have come visiting them in London, having given up their home in Manchester in preparation for a move to New York City. Ted hasn't seen the likeable Salim in years. When asked what he'd like to do, Salim, who loves a good view, opts for experiencing a spin on the London Eye.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A few years ago, Mark Haddon's THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME earned rave reviews, in part for the original voice of its narrator, who has a minor form of autism called Asperger's Syndrome. In THE LONDON EYE MYSTERY, Siobhan Dowd just as adeptly introduces younger readers to another narrator with Asperger's. Again, his narrative voice, it turns out, is just as compelling as the mystery that forms the cornerstone of the novel's exciting plot.

Ted's brain works really well --- sometimes too well. He can keep track of facts and figures, knows obscure and complicated weather phenomena, and traces weather patterns and shipping forecasts. But Ted has a hard time reading people, who, in his mind, are much less predictable than the weather. His counselor has given him a chart to help him read and interpret facial expressions, but he still has trouble with small talk and understanding figurative language (like, well, "small talk").

Ted's family is loving and supportive, even if his older sister Kat sometimes gets frustrated with him. When it comes to a crisis, though, no one would think of Ted as the person to solve a life-or-death problem. But, it turns out, that's exactly what happens when Ted and Kat's cousin Salim, stopping by the family's London home en route to his new home in New York City, disappears without a trace. Salim really wants to visit the London Eye, the huge Ferris wheel that has become the United Kingdom's most popular tourist attraction. But when he does so, he somehow manages to disappear between boarding the revolving pod and landing 30 minutes later.

At first, Ted's parents and aunt are convinced there is a simple explanation. Then, as the hours pass and the police are called in, his whole family is thrown into crisis.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Overall, a great book
The books title is “The London Eye Mystery” and the author is Siobhan Dowd. The book is 333 pages and the publisher is, as appearing on my copy of the book, Yearling. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Connor S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
as good as on the CD
Published 18 days ago by irina merson
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Good book.
Published 21 days ago by Peter Atkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book
This book is full of ups and downs I loved it and so will you if you like mysteries!
This book rocks!
Published 1 month ago by Swag 132704
4.0 out of 5 stars Terrible at first but gets better
When I started reading, I thought that it was the worst book in the world, but since I got it for my summer reading list I had to keep reading. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Peter Labonte
5.0 out of 5 stars an amazing story
Geez, this book in the beginning seemed never ending, but now I look at it as if it would go on in eternity. I'm definitely going to read more Siobhan Dowd books.
Published 2 months ago by Lex
4.0 out of 5 stars VERY GOOD READ!!!!
This book is told from a boy's perspective, and is based in London. The story uses British grammar, but will be appealing to grades 4 5 6 7 8. I is worth it!
Published 3 months ago by A and H book reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
I loved this book. I liked the style. I loved getting into the heads of the characters. And the ending really worked for me. It's not a deep think, but still a great mystery
Published 3 months ago by Sunshine on A Rainy Day
5.0 out of 5 stars it was a great book
I loved the very realistic characters that really came alive in a vivid way. The book also had a great plot that came together throughout the entire book until the very end. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ann McGrath
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Summer Read
Everything arrived in very good condition and on time! This story really captures the young readers imagination with a twist on the "locked door" mystery.
Published 5 months ago by WitchScott
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