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The Goldfish Boy
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The Goldfish Boy (Paperback)

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A story about finding friendship when you're lonely -

and hope when all you feel is fear.

Twelve-year-old Matthew is trapped in his bedroom by crippling

OCD, spending most of his time staring out of his

window as the inhabitants of Chestnut Close go about their business.

Until the day he is the last person to see his next door neighbour's

toddler, Teddy, before he goes missing.

Matthew must turn detective and unravel the mystery of Teddy's

disappearance - with the help of a brilliant cast of supporting


Page-turning, heartbreaking, but ultimately life-affirming, this

story is perfect for fans of Can You See Me, The

Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time and Wonder.

It is a book that will make you laugh and cry.

"A genuinely clever mystery" - Robin Stevens, author

of the Murder Most Unladylike series.

"A great cast of characters and an intriguing mystery - I

loved it!" Ross Welford, author of Time Travelling with a Hamster.

Children'sFiction & true storiesFamily & home stories Publisher: Scholastic Publication Date: 05/01/2017 ISBN-13: 9781407170992  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Customer Reviews

This absolutely WONDERFUL book is jam-packed with beautiful things from Lisa Thompson's writing style, to the characters and the story; I can't find fault with it! It was touching, thought provoking and kept me hooked the whole way through. The balance between the mystery and mental health aspects was spot on, which makes it perfect for fans of, for example, Robyn Stevens and Katherine Woodfine, but also for fans of Jacqueline Wilson and Ross Welford. It's also an excellent choice for young adults and adults with an interest in mental health books. Basically, I can honestly say that I will be recommending this book to absolutely everyone I can, including fellow booksellers. As soon as I finished this book I just wanted to shove it into everyone's hands and make them read it! At its heart, it is a mystery story and one that keeps you hooked right the way through because you have no idea who the culprit is; you are seeing the world through Matthew's eyes and so only know as much as he has observed/discovered and this is something that will keep you guessing right to the end! It's one of those plots where, because it is a young boy who has gone missing, you have no idea quite how dark the book will end up being which was something that I found really enjoyable about it. As it is set within the restrictions of this one close, you get to know all of the characters and it is a story that is so easy to put yourself into, yet still full of twists and turns. In addition to being a well-written mystery, there is the element of Matthew's Obsessive Compulsive Disorder - he is essentially trapped in his bedroom with a debilitating fear of germs and dirt and will go to extreme lengths to stay clean. This is the aspect of the story that particularly caught my attention; OCD is unfortunately a very misunderstood illness and I haven't read many books that portray it particularly accurately. I was surprised to learn after reading The Goldfish Boy that Lisa Thompson ISN'T writing from personal experience because she does such an incredible job of showing OCD taking hold of a young person, the thought processes and obsessions behind it (it's not always completely illogical!) and the extremes of the compulsions. I also loved that there wasn't a magical cure by the end of the book, but there was a sense of positivity for the future.

- 27/12/2017
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