May 1st, 2013 by Karen
I hope you guys are into afternoon tea and want God to save the queen — because for the next few weeks, Kidsmomo is going to be all about jolly old England. That’s because Nancy and I visited London recently!
We checked out the usual tourist sights: the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, etc. But one of the things I was most excited about beforehand was the London Eye — a huge Ferris wheel that offers spectacular views of the whole city.
Did my interest have anything to do with The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd? Okay, you caught me. As soon as we bought our tix to London, I put this book at the top of my list — and it turned out to be even more exhilarating than my sky-high ride on the wheel!
Seriously. If you think that view is breathtaking, then you should read this book. When I got near the end, I stayed up WAY past my bedtime to see what would happen.
Here’s the mystery: Ted and his older sister, Kat, are standing in line to ride the London Eye with their cousin, Salim, who’s visiting London for the first time. A stranger offers them an extra ticket for free, and they decide Salim will go on the wheel alone. Ted and Kat watch Salim get on the wheel when it’s his turn — but then it’s like he disappears; they never see him get off…
Their family is frantic, the police are turning up dead ends. It’s up to Ted and Kat to solve the mystery and find Salim.
I like a good mystery, but I particularly loved this one because of Ted’s voice as the narrator. As a kid with Asperger syndrome, he sees the world differently than most everyone else and he has his own unique challenges to overcome — but it’s not something that holds him back. Instead, it’s the opposite, as Ted’s unusual way of thinking leads him to answers that no one else even guesses at.
I wish Ted had been with me during my ride on the London Eye, to point out all the sights and explain how the wheel works. Instead, I had to settle for Nancy’s company. (Ha ha, just kidding, Nancy…) At any rate, at least I had the London skyline to greet me and a crazy capsule ride to add to my London memories!