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The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd
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May 15, 08

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 thd Asperger's syndrome but Ted's "different" way of thinking is never categorized in the book. There is a real flatness to the story that may be the author's attempt to reflect how Ted thinks, since he is the narrator, but that kept the story from coming alive for me and my students have not responded positively to it, their comments, "it's okay" which I agree with. That said, the strength of this book is in portraying a character who thinks differently and is trying to learn to fit in (the social cues his parents and others have given him which he tries to absorb are one example) and he comes off as very competent and compassionate and just a good kid that you like and hope things will go well for....
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