For reasons beyond my control, the BookKids blog is not letting me type in new posts. And since I could not possibly let a week go by without meeting my reading challenge (especially on a week where I actually met it), I decided to post my review here. As soon as we get the kink worked out back at Bookpeople, I’ll retroactively post this there.

The London Eye Mystery

Originally I wanted to read this book because it was a mystery. (Did you catch on my Monday post that I like mysteries?) I’m not sure what I expected, but I think I was assuming that this was going to be your typical kid mystery book. This wasn’t one at all.

For starters, the narrator Ted has a never revealed disorder that is obviously some form of high functioning autism. Now before you start thinking this is another Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, it’s not. But Ted does have a different way of looking at the world — one that ends up allowing him to solve the mystery when no one else can.

The mystery itself is intriguing and well done with a trail of clues that can be followed. Basically Ted and his sister’s cousin disappears from a sealed pod of the London Eye which is the huge wheel (not a ferris wheel) that gives panoramic views of London. Since it seems unlikely that their cousin combusted or entered a time slip stream, Ted and Kat decide to try to determine what happened to him. The solid mystery that follows should appeal to any mystery fans.

The autism element adds a new dimension to what would otherwise be a typical midgrade mystery. However, it neither distracts from the overall plot or intrude into the story. It just is another point that opens possibilities for discussion.

Overall, I would recommend this for kids 10 & up. Younger kids might find the book a little too tense.

Next week: I Put a Spell on You

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