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The London Eye Mystery [Hardcover]

Siobhan Dowd
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)

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1 Feb 2008
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.

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  • Hardcover: 322 pages
  • Publisher: David Fickling Books; First American Edition edition (1 Feb 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780375849763
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375849763
  • ASIN: 0375849769
  • Product Dimensions: 2.9 x 13.7 x 18.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,554,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Dowd's story grips the reader from the opening chapter . . . Her first book was a deservedly acclaimed young adult novel . . . this demonstrates her versatility" (The Sunday Times)

"Dowd transforms disability in to a gift" (Amanda Craig The Times)

"Compulsive reading" (Independent)

"This is a novel that works on every level, not least as a thoroughly gripping detective story" (Sunday Telegraph)

"This is a wonderfully written mystery. It is funny, nerve-wracking and tender by turns, with plenty of pace and excitement as well as some moments for serious reflection" (School Librarian) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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A new edition of this best-selling book reissued alongside five other great titles from David Fickling Books. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Surprise 11 April 2009
I read this book on holiday and it was a really good surprise. I had been given the book some time ago and expected a light, airy book that would help pad out the holiday, but The London Eye Mystery is an addictive, deep-thinking book.
I was completely hooked to the book and was especially interested in how the main character, Ted, thought. It was a real insight. The fast-paced story was compelling and the description of the situation made it seem real. I could really understand the emotions of the characters.
It can appeal to anyone of age 9+ as I thought on the face of it the book was easy to read and easy to understand, but some of the deeper issues are really intriguing. I imagine it can appeal to adults, and as a teenager, I was interested with Ted and how he thought. I was interested to learn about the Coriolis Effect and Einstein's Theory of Relativity which were both squeezed into the book.

Overall, a fantastic read that can appeal to all ages.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Page turner for boys aged 9 and 7 2 Aug 2007
I've read some newspaper reviews of this book which suggest it to be sub Mark Haddon. Well it is about a boy with Aspergers solving a crime and does a very convincing job of describing the inner life of such a boy. And it is a life enhancing description of someone overcoming things that limit them in the way that they are living their life. But it would be wrong to describe it as a kind of Mark Haddon lite. It's a very different book in that it is geared to a much younger audience. My boys got a great deal out of this - a perception of difference and how it is not necessarily a bad thing. An insight into other children's experiences of being unhappy and isolated at school. And a sense of the excitement of a real page turner. We started off reading two short chapters each night but quickly got into reading four at night and often four in the morning too (the bliss of the summer holidays). Highly recommended.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too 4 Mar 2008
By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars tense and exiting 8 July 2008
By Ashey
The first chapter had me gripped, I had asked my mum to help me find a book that was more thrilling and mysterious than the books I have been reading lately. I am an eight year-old girl - and this book did deliver exactly what I'd asked for.

It's about a perfectly ordinary family - apart from the boy called Ted who is autistic. His sister, Kat, is a teenager who finds her brother a bit mad in the head. Ted's fantasic at facts like predicting the weather, he wants to be a meteorologist, but he's not so good at understanding feelings.

When Ted's cousin Salim and aunty Glo come to stay with them in London to say a last goodbye before they go to live in America, they all decide to go for a lovely outing on the London Eye. When the kids are queuing for tickets, a mysterious man gives his ticket to them saying that he's claustrophobic. But when Salim is on the London Eye he disappears. The police look for him - they think that he could be the boy in the morgue. But Ted has theories of his own and, with Kat's help, could they be the ones who'll discover what's really happening to their cousin?

I think this book is nerve-wracking, I really worried about where Salim had got to. But it was also really interesting to see how an autistic boy is able to be better at working things out than the rest of his family, and the police.

I'm not going to tell you the ending, but I'll tell you that it's anything but boring.

I read this book over a weekend because I couldn't put it down. Secretly I took it to bed and read when my mum thought I was asleep. I can't wait to see what Siobhan Dowd will come up with if she writes a second book for children.
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I liked the theme of this book. Because I now the eye I get it.i enjoined it because it has action. My favourite character was ted because he has a Different operating system then... Read more
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I love this book!! It has a really fantastic, mind bending plot!! I would totally and definitely recommend this book to everyone!!
Published 3 months ago by Anna C. Knight
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This book I amazing. There are twists, mysteries an it also adds humour! I'm 10 yr old and I adore the book an no other Will be a number two with Kat and Ted!
Published 4 months ago by Laura Ampomah
4.0 out of 5 stars Great wee read.
Clever narrative perspective. Great for ages 9 - 13ish. An easy, enjoyable read with quite a solid plot twist. Read and see.
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