The Goldfish Boy

The Goldfish Boy

eBook - 2017
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Lisa Thompson's debut novel is a page-turning mystery with an emotionally-driven, complex character study at its core ? like Rear Window meets The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Matthew Corbin suffers from severe obsessive-compulsive disorder. He hasn't been to school in weeks. His hands are cracked and bleeding from cleaning. He refuses to leave his bedroom. To pass the time, he observes his neighbors from his bedroom window, making mundane notes about their habits as they bustle about the cul-de-sac. When a toddler staying next door goes missing, it becomes apparent that Matthew was the last person to see him alive. Suddenly, Matthew finds himself at the center of a high-stakes mystery, and every one of his neighbors is a suspect. Matthew is the key to figuring out what happened and potentially saving a child's life... but is he able to do so if it means exposing his own secrets, and stepping out from the safety of his home?
Publisher: [S.I.] : Scholastic Inc., 2017.
ISBN: 9781338053944
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRI
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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LiztheLibrarian Aug 23, 2018

I liked the really vivid description of OCD and how anxiety feels and operates in one's brain. My downgrade of one star is for a really petty reason, that being that the main trigger of the boys obsessive thoughts is alluded to for most of the book but not given to the reader until pretty close to the end and that drove me nuts.

cmlibrary_rkimray May 10, 2018

Definitely a worthwhile mystery for readers who enjoy whodunits, a kind of lighthearted "Rear Window" for kids and families (but don't worry, there is no murder). Matthew's OCD behaviors, and topics like bullying and grief, are also woven into the story, creating easy talking points for book club, classroom, or family discussions.

ArapahoeStaff1 Aug 14, 2017

There is a lot going on in this story--so much to keep you on edge! A young boy dealing with OCD and the loss of his brother all while trying to figure out what happened to his neighbor who has been taken. He is determined to solve the case with his new-found friend, and the friendship and family dynamics of this book are so fantastic!

ArapahoeKati Mar 28, 2017

Wow--this book kept me guessing. I loved Matthew's character and I was so glad to see OCD addressed in this fabulous middle grade novel. I think this novel would be a great family book to read together.

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cmlibrary_rkimray May 10, 2018

cmlibrary_rkimray thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

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cmlibrary_rkimray May 10, 2018

Old Nina says, "Don't ever wait for a storm to pass. You've got to go out there and dance in the rain."

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