The London Eye Mystery, by Siobhan Dowd, ages 8-10
Ted and his older sister Kat have a love-hate relationship, but they put their differences aside when their cousin Salim mysteriously disappears from a sealed pod on the London Eye. Ted, who has Asperger’s Syndrome and a fascination with weather, has a different perspective on just about everything, and thus notices things that others don’t. Together, he and Kat are able to solve the mystery of Salim’s disappearance in spite the tendency of adults to ignore their ideas.
The story is told by Ted, who is an unusual and engaging main character. I don’t know a lot about Asperger’s Syndrome, but I felt that many of its challenges were well-portrayed, as well as the positive aspects: Ted is extremely intelligent, honest and free of prejudice. His sister Kat is believable as someone who is exasperated by him but who loves him as well.
Published by Random House, $15.99. This book will be out in paperback in May 2009.