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The London Eye Mystery

3.78  ·  Rating Details  ·  7,738 Ratings  ·  1,070 Reviews
An unputdownable, spine-tingling thriller - a race against time!

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 sleut
Paperback, 336 pages
Published June 5th 2008 by Yearling (first published June 7th 2007)
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Gwen the Librarian
Mar 07, 2008 Gwen the Librarian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kidlit, mystery
This is just an indescribably fabulous novel. Ted has a different brain from other people - he says he runs on a different operating system. When a cousin comes to visit and then disappears, it's up to Ted and his sister Kat to solve the mystery since none of the adults will listen to their clues. Using the art of deduction and his unusal way of looking at the world, Ted discovers clues to the whereabouts of his cousin that no one else observed.

What I love about this novel is the very frank way
Mar 12, 2010 j rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to j by: Evil blog
This YA "mystery" is told from the point of view of a kid with Aspergers, which means the writing is really affected. This worked for me in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time because i believed, more or less, in the character. Here, it just seems like a plot device.

After about 50 pages of dull set-up (kid's cousin boards the London Eye, never gets off, where did he go?) I got impatient and skipped to the end, skimming the last 50 or so pages for the resolution of what seemed a po
Sep 29, 2008 Waller rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Is it just me, or does this read like a slightly warmed-over *Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime*. The disappearance of a kid from a closed capsule on the London Eye is an intriguing mystery, but the only possible solutions pretty quickly close down to two, and the solving of the mystery seemed slightly anticlimactic. The novel also violates a principle that would have adult mystery fans howling - the key clue to the mystery is not available to the reader.

Most crucially, though, is th
Sep 23, 2008 Ruth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-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 Manchester, England to New York City. Before they leave for the United States, Gloria wants to visit her sister and her family in London. Salim has never been to London so his cousins Ted and Katrina are eager to show him the sights.

They decide to visit one of Ted’s favorite places, the London Eye. The London Eye, also called the Millennium Wheel, is the tallest f
Apr 10, 2015 NebraskaIcebergs rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
A young boy with Aspergers. A mystery. An English author. These descriptors all might seem as I’m talking about The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon. Instead I’ve just finished reading The London Eye Mystery, a book that Siobhan Dowd delayed publishing due to Haddon’s book bursting on the scene. Her book is as well-written and thought-provoking as the rest of her titles, as well as simply being a fun romp.

Main character, Ted, isn’t your typical kid. I’m not just sayin
May 15, 2008 Edie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am not a big fan of books that try to get into the minds of people who don't think in the "normal" way (whatever that is) because I feel that the author might not get it right and give a false representation of that unusual way of thinking, or else give others the sense that their depiction is the way it is for everyone who thinks differently in that manner (I don't think I am being very articulate). And this book makes me uncomfortable along those lines. Also, the cataloger places it under th ...more
Lari Don
Jan 01, 2014 Lari Don rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-books
I’ve seen this book on the bookshop shelves many times, and never bought it because of the overly blatant ‘does exactly what it says on the tin’ title and the somewhat garish cover. But I finally noticed that it was by Siobhan Dowd, and belatedly bought it for my 11 year old, who stayed up very late one night to finish it (it’s the Christmas holidays, so that was fine) because, as she said, it’s about a boy who goes missing, and she REALLY needed find out if he was ok…
So, on her recommendation,
Oct 10, 2014 Al rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this with a zany ten year old from Mars. He bloody loved it, and so did I.
What he loved was that there is an actual story. He also spotted the differences in the kids and was very indignant on their behalf. Particularly for the kid who made me cry. You know the one !
What I loved was the humour, kindness and compassion.
This is a clever and lovely book which demands discussion and chocolate. In our case it lead to a,midnight feast.

A quote from the brilliant ten year old who I am lucky to
Feb 28, 2013 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This truly was an amazing book. The way all of the pieces in the book came together in the end is a sign of an incredible author. I loved the way Salim said "neek" didn't stand for nerd and geek, but was an abbreviation of "unique". That statement is truly true. I wish I had the brains like Ted!... But I'm fine with the one I have right now.
A reasonably good mystery for younger readers, but I found the characterisation of the Asperger's protagonist/narrator inconsistent and not always believable.
Lillian Meyer
The London Eye Mystery is the story of how Ted and Kat, who are brother and sister, try to find out what happened to their cousin Salim. All they know is that Salim got onto the London Eye and never got off. This puzzling story had me putting pieces together and figuring everything out till the very end. The London Eye Mystery takes twist and turns and keeps you sucked in till the end.

One of the things I really enjoyed about the book was all the British slang the author included in the writing.
Dylan S

I am currently reading the London eye mystery by Siobhan Dowd. This book is about Ted and Kat two siblings and their cousin Salim. These three kids are on there way to a theme park with a BIG Ferris wheel called the London eye. Ted and Kat are to scared to get on, but Salim gets right on. Thirty minutes pass and the pod that he got in thirty minutes ago reaches the ground, but where's Salim? Well you will just have to read the book to find out! I can REALLY relate to Ted and Kat because
Joyce (JumbleofJargon)
Woah, I read this ages ago. It was okay, I remember there being a huge twist at the end that was quite nice but it was a bit confusing before the twist was revealed.
Oct 07, 2015 Jacque rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club
This book is written from the point of view of a boy with a unique syndrome that makes him very smart. I also enjoyed that it took place around the London landmark the London eye which I have ridden on a prior trip to London. I also enjoyed the simplicity of a young adult book!
Jul 29, 2008 Jamie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 12-14, mystery
Agreeing with those who said it's a bit reminiscent of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, although for a younger audience. It is a fast paced story, and I think the audience will enjoy solving the mystery with the kids, although I'm not sure they have the clues to do so as much as they can follow along?

My peeve with the book is in its shape, and this is my new peeve. This is not a 400 page book, but the trim size is so small it makes it seem long. Its not pleasurable (to me) to
Jul 18, 2013 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
We listened to the audio edition, and my almost 10 year-old son and I were absolutely riveted by the story. The narration, by Paul Chequer is excellent, so much so, that when we returned from our road trip with only a fraction of our audio book listened to (as usual), rather than finishing the book more quickly in paperback, we kept listening to it in the car, whenever possible. I found myself wanting to make excuses to go out driving and get stuck in traffic.
Mariam Abood
I read this book tragically after Dowd died. I got it for free from school.

This book had an interesting concept and an interesting plot for me, unfortunately however, I found the characters and execution underwhelming which is why I could only give this 3 stars.

I don't know, I think I was expecting some killer plot twist at the end and that didn't happen.
demetriaa h.
Mar 05, 2016 demetriaa h. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
The conclusion is a bit hasty in my opinion, like Ted just seems to get everything right. I can literally predict the ending. But a great book as a whole, very appealing and drawing! <3
Chris Griggs
At one point it says:

"I counted the people in the room. Seven. I tried to guess the ages of those I didn't know. Then I added up the ages, actual or approximate, of all present. When I arrived at the figure of 233, and worked out the average age was 33.3 recurring".

It's not. It's 33.2857143.
Rifatus Sariroh
Jul 07, 2016 Rifatus Sariroh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Kat," kataku, "kita lalui ini bersama. Orang-orang kadang menghilang. Barang-barang juga. Tapi sebagian besar muncul kembali." (Ted - The London Eye Mystery, hal. 60)

The London Eye Mystery - Misteri London Eye adalah salah satu novel karangan Siobhan Dowd. Novel ini menceritakan tentang misteri hilangnya sepupu Kat dan Ted bernama Salim pada saat dia menaiki wahana terkenal di London, London Eye. Kat dan Ted yang merasa bersalah terhadap bibi mereka Gloria, berusaha memecahkan misterinya hi
Jun 15, 2015 Caryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great mystery, great characters. We all enjoyed it.
Apr 22, 2016 Alice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-75-stars
4.75 Stars I really really liked this book. It is intelligent, the mystery part was great and Ted with his Asperger is kid after my own heart. I love weather and he REALLY LOVES weather! I love that it is told from the point of view of a kid with Asperger's and how he deals with things and how kids with Asperger's think!

I loved the London Eye Element (Been to London 3 times and never been on the Eye...4th time will be the charm) I loved the London element and the tube stations. I like that it
Jan 18, 2010 Pam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, children
Ted and his sister are busted. They let their cousin go ride London's largest roller coaster alone and he never came off. How are they going to explain this to their parents and his mother? What happened to their cousin? Through great deductive reasoning that is an Asperger's gift, Ted tries to solve the mystery. His sister, while embarrassed to have to deal with a brother with odd movements and social skills, is the go getter in the family and soon learns to admire her brother and turns his pla ...more
Maureen E
Ted’s Aunt Gloria and cousin Salim are stopping in London to visit on their way to New York to live. While there, Ted, his sister Kate, and Salim set out to go on the London Eye. But due to a mysterious set of circumstances, only Salim ends up going–and when the Eye comes down, he’s not there.

His disappearance threatens to rip the family apart. In the end, it’s up to Ted and Kate to set aside their differences and solve the mystery.

This was a great book. It didn’t sugar-coat Kate and Ted’s relat
Nov 06, 2011 Mara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I wouldn't say that this was a bad read, but it was a little boring, as far as mysteries go. But I will get to that later. I was expecting Ted to be annoying, but he is a surprisingly likable character. Kat is the annoying one, and I wished several times that she would disappear and never return.

That said - on to the mystery. It was not as involved as I was hoping. The reader does not get the pleasure of solving the case with the characters (though I figured out about half of the answer fairly q
Nov 03, 2014 Kathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great young adult mystery by Siobhan Dowd! I've been meaning to read it for a while, and I finally picked it up when I was desperate for a good mystery read. Reminiscent of Roald Dahl's respect for children and their intelligence and worth, The London Eye Mystery has as its main character and narrator a boy named Ted, whose brain is wired differently than those around him, enabling him to view the world from a less constricted place. When his cousin, Salim, comes for a visit and disappear ...more
Aug 25, 2009 edh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Check out others' reviews - I liked this far better than, say, Blue Balliett's mysteries & I think the late Dowd was a wonderful writer. I'm going to put on my nitpicky mystery reader's hat now...

************SPOILERS AND PLOT HOLES AHOY*******************

While the writing was lively & compelling, I was really bothered by the way that cousin Salim disappeared into thin air. His whole plan depended being separated from his mother when getting on the Eye (as his mom would surely recognize h
This novel is another of the twenty books in the middle school Battle of the Books that I judged last weekend. My friend, who coached her granddaughter’s team, said that this novel had an autistic protagonist, though that term is never used in the novel.

Ted and his older sister take their cousin Salim to the London Eye, the huge ferris wheel in downtown London. They see him get on, but he never gets off the pod. Ted, like the characters in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and C
Jan 28, 2009 Donalyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I opened this book with absolutely no expectations and was pleasantly surprised.

The London Eye Mystery is the story of Ted, who has Ausberger's Syndrome (although this is never stated outright in the book) and his older sister, Kat. During a trip with their cousin Salim to ride the famous London Eye Ferris Wheel (which is not a true Ferris wheel I learned), Salim disappears without a trace.

Their family is wreck worrying about Salim and Ted and Kat feel responsible. Working together, the two sibl
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for

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 hi
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Siobhan Dowd was born to Irish parents and brought up in London. She spent much of her youth visiting the family cottage in Aglish, County Waterford and later the family home in Wicklow Town.
She attended a Catholic grammar school in south London and then gained a degree in Classics at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University. After a short stint in publishing, she joined the writer's organization PEN
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“Knowledge can be like the skin on the surface of the water in a pond, or it can go all the way down to the mud. It can be the tiny tip of the iceberg or the whole hundred percent.” 15 likes
“Salim,' She said, as if he were in the room. 'I'll have your guts for garters.' I has never heard this before and wondered what garters were. Kat told me later that they are what women used to wear around their thighs to keep their stockings up and they were elasticated. I do not think guts would be a tidy way of doing this.” 4 likes
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