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The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd
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Apr 02, 12

bookshelves: 2012-new-reads
Read in April, 2012

Bother, I had a whole thing written out, and then closed the window by mistake. ANYWAY ...

This is a middle reader, the mystery of the title is the disappearance of a young boy in London. The book presented from the point of view of the boy's cousin, who has Asperger's.

I've read a few books lately with protagonists somewhere on the Asperger's/autism spectrum, and I especially enjoyed this one because I felt like it was a consistent and believable way to show a main character who has an outlook that is different while not being debilitating. The consistency part was huge for me, there have been some other recent titles where I felt that the characters' Asperger's manifested in a way that was the most convenient for whatever was needed to move the plot forward at that moment. I also liked that Ted, the narrator, wasn't granted super mystery-solving powers as a result of Asperger's -- he and his sister worked together to figure things out, and each of them had some ideas that panned out, and others that didn't.

The other nice thing about this is that it was a stalwart middle reader -- the mystery is mysterious, the kids are realistic, it's a fairly serious topic (missing family member!) but there are some moments of levity -- but it's not TOO anything, it's not too graphic or disturbing or even too philosophical.
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Jane_doh Siobhan Dowd!!This is going on my to read list.


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