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The London Eye Mystery Paperback – 5 Jun 2008
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A thrilling adventure story - after Ted's cousin Salim disappears from a pod in mid-air on the London Eye, he and his sister become embroiled in a race against time to find him.
When Ted and Kat watched their cousin Salim get on board the London Eye, he turned and waved before getting on. But after half an hour it landed and everyone trooped off - and no Salim. Where could he have gone? How on earth could he have disappeared into thin air? So 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 unputdownable spine-tingling thriller - a race against time.See all Product description
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Written in the words of Ted, who lives with his parents and elder sister Kat in London, it describes the mysterious disappearance of his cousin Salim from a capsule on the London Eye and how he and Kat try to find him. Ted’s approach is unusual, because he has Asperger’s syndrome and he has a particular knowledge and interest in meteorology. Thus, he works logically through all possibilities, even the absurd, such as spontaneous combustion, using climatic vocabulary, for instance The Eye of the Hurricane and The Coriolis Effect, to analyse events.
Ted and Kat put their sibling rivalry aside to find their cousin. Kat tells Ted that he is genius and he learns that she is able to read body language which he does not understand. Ted’s navigation of the underground and his experience of the crowded Earl’s Court exhibition centre, highlight the fears such places can induce for many people but how feelings can be overcome when it really matters. A great book for 10 or 11-year-olds but I really enjoyed it too.
I enjoyed this book; it was recommended to me by a previous teacher. I decided to try reading it as it sounded really interesting. And I'm totally glad I did!
In the story, Ted's and Kat's cousin Salim wants to ride on the Eye, so they let him go in on his own. Ted and Kat track the wheel almost all the time, which, according to Ted, leaves a 2% margin for error. But what's most strange is that while what goes up, must come down, Salim does not seem to leave the Eye. After that, the police are called in, to investigate what has happened. Even they are stumped, and Kat and Ted decide to take matters into their own hands. Ted makes up a list of theories; whether obviously fantasy or real. Ted and Kat begin to investigate, and come to the conclusion that Salim either never got on... or was taken.
The ending is a bit cliche, but brilliant and very well thought out. I think you can guess the ending!
What I loved is that Ted is autistic, and it changed the perspective quite a lot. If it was from Kat's perspective, it would be very different, as Kat does not have autism e.t.c, and Kat is an extremely different person to Ted.
The negatives are a cliche ending: however, like I said, this was a well-written ending and deserves a lot of praise. I can imagine, however, a bone-chilling end to the story- it's in my head! Also, maybe there could be a little less arguing in the story, and a bit less sleeping and talking, although those parts where the bits where Ted figured out it in parts, and even though Ted's clue-finding actually lead to nothing, it was interesting how the story played out.
So if you like quirky, unusual stories, set in a real-life environment (and even if you don't) I would encourage you to give this book a try, maybe have a look at the free sample. Once you start, you will be hooked- honest! 😁😁