The London Eye Mystery
Ted and Kat watched their cousin Salim board the London Eye. But after half an hour it landed and everyone trooped offexcept Salim. Where could he have gone? How on earth could he have disappeared into thin air? Ted and his older sister, Kat, become sleuthing partners, since the police are having no luck. Despite their prickly relationship, they overcome their differences to follow a trail of clues across London in a desperate bid to find their cousin. And ultimately it comes down to Ted, whose brain works in its own very unique way, to find the key to the mystery. This is an unput-downable spine-tingling thrillera race against time.
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This chapter begins with a flashback. Authors sometimes use flashbacks to take readers back in time in order to explain an event. Watch the video below to learn a little more about flashbacks and understanding the sequence of events in a story. (This annotation contains a video)
Why is Ted's mom upset with Kat?
Did you know that you can look up any word in the text of the book or the text of the questions and answers? Just click (or press on mobile devices) the word you want to define and hold until the blue text selector pops up. When you release, a define option will appear. Since it's so easy to look up words, make sure you use this feature frequently... Is there a word on this page you need to look up? (This annotation contains an image)
Point of view is the view from which a story is told. Check out the poster below. Is this story being told from first, second, or third person point of view? (This annotation contains an image)
Based on the two versions of the letter, in what ways are Ted's and Kat's perspectives different?
Literal language refers to words and phrases that mean exactly what they say. Often times, we use expressions that have meanings beyond their literal words. This is known as figurative language. (This annotation contains an image)
Which words best help you to determine that serviettes is another word for napkins?
Re-read the highlighted sentences. What do you think Ted means by this? Give specific examples from the story to support your thinking.
Lilo is a British term for an air mattress. It comes from the name of the company, Li-Lo, which made rubberized canvas air mattresses from the 1940s to the 1970s. (This annotation contains an image)
What can you infer about Salim's personality based on his conversation with Ted? Use examples from the text to support your thinking.
Ted realizes that Salim is using figurative language. In fact, he is using a special type of figurative language called an idiom. Check out the video below to learn more about idioms. (This annotation contains a video)
Big Ben is the nickname for the great bell of the clock in the Elizabeth Tower of the Palace of Westminster in London. The tower holds the largest four-faced chiming clock in the world and is the third-tallest free-standing clock tower. (This annotation contains an image)
How is Salim feeling in this moment? What details in the text lead you to this conclusion?
What does the word consignment most likely mean in this sentence?
Here, Ted is visualizing the literal meaning of the phrase, even though it is an idiom and is meant to be figurative. (This annotation contains an image)
This phrase is an example of a simile. A simile is a type of metaphor that uses the words "like" or "as" to compare two unlike things. How does this simile help you to picture Kat's fingers? Watch the video below to learn even more about similes and metaphors. (This annotation contains a video)
Which phrase let you know what Kat is feeling?
Based on the details in the highlighted passage, we can infer that jumping
Why do you think this seems odd to Ted? In what ways is Kat's and Ted's relationship beginning to change? (This annotation contains an image)
Do you have a love-hate relationship with a sibling or friend? When you are reading and you make a connection to your own life, you are making a text-to-self connection. (This annotation contains an image)
Describe what happened when Kat tried to get Ted to play hospital with her.
What does the word fretting mean in these sentences?
CCTV stands for closed-circuit television. The term is most often applied to video cameras used for surveillance in areas that may need monitoring such as banks, busy tourist areas, airports, military installations, and convenience stores.
What do these thoughts tell us about Ted's character?
Ted's dad is a fan of the classic comedy performers, Laurel and Hardy. They became well known in the late 1920s to mid-1940s. Look at the picture of Stan Laurel below. You can see why Ted would compare his dad to him when trying to describe his hair standing on end! (This annotation contains an image)
In England, large trucks meant for carrying heavy loads are called lorries. (This annotation contains an image)
How has Ted's and Kat's relationship changed since the beginning of the story? Use examples from the text to support your thinking.
Ted and Kat have found themselves in the middle of a troubling mystery. Mysteries are often filled with suspense, much like we see at the end of this chapter. Watch the video below to learn more about the mystery genre. (This annotation contains a video)
What words does the author use to describe Aunt Gloria in this passage?
Not only can similes help you to make a picture in your mind while reading, but they can also help an author convey the mood of a passage. The mood is the feeling you get while reading the passage. What mood do you think this sentence creates? Read the chart below to better understand the differences between tone and mood. (This annotation contains an image)
How does the narrator's point of view influence the way this chapter opens?
Marooned at sea is another way of saying that one is stranded at sea. (This annotation contains an image)
What does the word nip mean in this sentence?
An abacus is a calculating tool that was in use centuries before the adoption of the modern written numeral system. Today, it is still used by some merchants, traders and clerks in Asia, Africa, and elsewhere. (This annotation contains an image)
What does the word vantage mean in this sentence?
Ted uses his background knowledge along with clues from his father's body language to make a inference. We often make inferences when we are reading, too. Check out the video below to find out more about the important skill of making inferences. (This annotation contains a video)
Which phrase lets readers know how Aunt Gloria is feeling?
Look at the shoes below. What would you call them? Many of us might call them sneakers or tennis shoes. However, in several countries, they are called trainers. (This annotation contains an image)
Why does the mom feel badly for Ted and Kat?
"Speak of the devil" is another idiom. It is used when an object or person of discussion unexpectedly becomes present during the conversation. However, once again, Ted takes the idiom literally.
The inspector's words let us know that she thinks
As you've probably already noticed, there are several differences in American English and British English. "Crisps" is yet another example. In Britain, crisps refer to what Americans would call chips...and chips refer to what Americans would call french fries! Check out the chart below to see a few more examples of differences in our vocabularies. (This annotation contains an image)
Based on this sentence, we can infer that Ted is feeling
Some words have more than one meaning. These are known as multiple meaning words. For example, "scoffed" often means to mock or make fun of, but it can also mean to eat greedily. In which way do you think "scoffed" is used in this sentence? Watch the video below to learn more about multiple meaning words. (This annotation contains a video)
Which phrase lets readers know how Ted is feeling?
How does this simile help you to visualize the scene in your mind? (This annotation contains an image)
Use the define feature to look up the meaning of the word mantra. Which of the words below has a similar meaning to mantra?
Kat's and Ted's relationship continues to change and grow. However, in many ways, their personalities are still quite different. How would you describe Kat? How would you describe Ted? When we talk about characters, we often describe them in terms of character traits. Watch the video below to learn a little more about character traits. (This annotation contains a video)
What does the word rifled mean in this sentence?
Piccadilly Circus is a road junction and public space in London's West End. Its status as a major traffic junction has made Piccadilly Circus a busy meeting place and tourist attraction. The phrase "it's like Piccadilly Circus" is commonly used in England to refer to a place or situation which is extremely busy with people. (This annotation contains an image)
Based on Ted's description in this sentence, how do you think Aunt Gloria is feeling?
Sometimes, an author will repeat an idea or phrase to help convey a message, or theme. What themes do you see developing in this story? (This annotation contains an image)
This description lets us know that their front garden is
Think how different this sentence would be if the author had simply said, "the silver train came quickly into the station." The use of the simile makes the writing much more interesting and helps us to make a vivid picture in our minds, doesn't it?
What does the word globules mean in this sentence?
This is a French phrase which literally means, "cream of the cream." However, it is often used as an idiom to mean "best of the best."
How might this passage be different if it were told from Kat's perspective?
Here, Ted notices a "nanosecond flicker" in the man's facial expression. What inferences can you make about the man based on these changes in expression? Do you think he recognizes Kat and Ted?
How has Ted's and Kat's relationship changed over the course of the story?
What do you think this means? Could it be a clue to the man's identity?
What can you infer about how Kat is feeling based on this dialogue?
Sometimes, an author ends a chapter on a cliffhanger. This means he or she leaves us in suspense with unanswered questions, so that we will want to keep reading more! (This annotation contains an image)
Describe how Kat reacts after the strange man leaves on the bus.
Do you notice how this simile helps us to better understand the emotions the mom is feeling? We could use this along with other details in the paragraph as evidence to explain that the mom is worried and upset. Watch the video below to learn more about the importance of text-based evidence. (This annotation contains a video)
Ted opens this chapter with a metaphor. What does this detail show you about his thinking?
In England, the term "row" is often used in place of the word "argument."
What does the word decipher mean in this sentence?
Why do you think the dad says this to Ted? Do you think it's meant to be taken literally or figuratively? (This annotation contains an image)
What is bothering Aunt Gloria the most?
Do you remember earlier when Ted said almost the exact same thing? Ted is often correct, but many times no one listens to him. Do you think the author could be illustrating an important theme?
How does Ted's unique point of view influence the development of the story?
How do Ted's thoughts in this section contribute to the theme of the importance of perspective and considering things from multiple points of view?
Christy's last name was a clue, after all! Authors often leave hints and clues of what is to come later. This technique is called foreshadowing. (This annotation contains an image)
What does the word loomed mean in this sentence?
"Keen" is a word you may not hear too often. However, we can use context clues -- or the words around it -- to help us figure out its meaning. For example, Marcus says that moshers should look dead bored instead of being keen. Therefore, keen must mean the opposite of bored. Use the "define" feature to see if we are correct in our thinking. Then, watch the video below to learn more about using context clues. (This annotation contains a video)
What is the meaning of this figurative expression?
Describe the different emotions Marcus feels in his narration of the events.
The Richter Scale is used for measuring earthquakes; anything above seven on the scale is described as a major earthquake. Therefore, this phrase is often used figuratively to describe something too extreme to be measured. (This annotation contains an image)
Based on this sentence, we can infer that Kat is feeling
The author has mentioned the Coriolis effect several times throughout many chapters. Could it also be a clue meant to foreshadow how this mystery will be solved?
What does the word ballistic mean in this sentence?
Can wind literally moan? No, people moan. However, describing the wind as moaning helps you to hear the wind in your mind, doesn't it? This literary device is known as personification. (This annotation contains an image)
Based on the highlighted sentence, we can infer that Aunt Gloria is feeling
The Met Office, officially known as the Meteorological Office, is the United Kingdom's national weather service.
What can you infer about how the others feel about Kat's new haircut? Give specific details from the text to support your answer.