The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd

My eldest picked this up in a secondhand book sale with no idea what it was going to be like. We’ve all three read it, very quickly I might add – an intriguing and exciting mystery about a missing boy and his sleuthing cousins Kat, and Ted, who has autism.

There are so many things to mention about this book. It’s written through Ted’s eyes and as such was a wonderful way of getting us to think and talk about autism and how differently an autistic child may see the world. The mystery is a great mechanism for showing the positives of Ted’s disability and the relationships between him, his sister and his parents are portrayed with depth and sensitivity.

Best of all it’s intriguing. Ok so I’m not the sharpest when it comes to puzzle solving but I didn’t work out what had happened. It wasn’t fantastical, simply clever. Some books make me jealous of the author and this one definitely does.

This is one of those books I guess everyone else has already come across, but it can you don’t I recommend it wholeheartedly.  Ideal for age 8-12 as it’s an easy read but gives lots of opportunity for discussion about difference, inclusion and the wonderful mix that makes the world a wonderful place.

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