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Reviewed in the United States on April 2, 2021
I bought this for my middle school classroom, but I haven’t read it to students yet. I, however, loved it! I read the whole thing in one day. It is a unique and memorable mystery, and I couldn’t put it down.
5.0 out of 5 starsMy 11yo son who hates reading loves this book.
Reviewed in the United States on November 17, 2020
I am always on the search for interesting books for my 11yo son to read. He is not into Science Fiction which makes nit very hard for a boy at this age to find books to read. The storyline of this book is very interesting and its been a breeze getting him to do his daily reading. I would definiately recommend this book for boys and girls.
My 10 year old son suffers with OCD. Not nearly as difficult as the boy in the book, but it's rough. I bought this for him to help him see that there are so many people like him. He loves to read and he definitely loved reading this. I'm looking forward to reading it myself.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 26, 2021
I do not recommend that a parent gives this book to their child "cold"' Matthew - the goldfish boy is traumatized by the belief that he is responsible for his baby brothers death because he got sick. We only learn this at the end. His response to the trauma results in him developing OCD. Then there's a vindictive 6 year old who has also got traumas because her mother's dumped her with a grandad she doesn't know. How prize panels can recommend this book as suitable reading material for 10 year olds I have no idea. Presenting OCD from 3rd hand material rather than first hand experience is also dubious. Having bought this book for my granddaughter as well as a kindle version for me to read I will be now having a long dialogue with her possibly suggestion that she bins this book and doesn't read it. It's the stuff of nightmares.
Predominantly, I enjoyed this book. Matthew Corbin lives in a small cul-de-sac and spends his time watching his neighbours. Matthew suffers from severe obsessive-compulsive disorder, so he is constantly cleaning, washing his hands and making notes about the goings on outside. When a toddler goes missing, he decides to find out who is to blame. The premise reminded me of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and the clue hunting and team-work was interesting and enjoyable. It mentions very early in the story that his baby brother died years before, because of something Matthew did, which seems very sinister and definitely spoilt the story for me. Despite the story-line revolving around a missing toddler, the rest was lighthearted but touched upon some serious aspects (the girl who spends all her time in the graveyard and the local bully with a skin condition, to mention a couple) I think that there was too much going on for me to thoroughly enjoy the story, but it would make a good discussion topic in UKS2 classrooms.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 3, 2017
'The Goldfish Boy' provides its readers with a number of delights; an intriguing mystery, a great cast of characters (Melody was my favourite), and a fascinating insight into the experience of someone suffering from OCD. The title of the book comes from the image of the protagonist, 12-year-old Matthew, watching events unfold on Chestnut Close from the safety of his bedroom window, almost like a goldfish in a tank. At times, the pain of Matthew's OCD is excruciating, both mentally and, quite often, physically. And as well as attempting to solve the mystery of the toddler who has disappeared from a neighbour's garden, the book also endeavours to uncover the mystery of why Matthew's condition developed in the first place. In parts, the book funny and huge credit must go to author Lisa Thompson for carefully managing to tread that fine line of making the reader laugh at a situation without laughing at Matthew. Reading 'The Goldfish Boy' was like receiving a big, warm hug from an old friend and, in the closing chapter, I almost shed a tear. Almost.
An intriguing cast of characters and a mystery to solve - I couldn’t stop turning the pages. If anything, the solution to the mystery felt a little anticlimactic, but that doesn’t really matter because this book is driven more by character than plot. A boy with OCD, a girl who collects grave notes, a boy bullied for his allergies who then becomes a bully - plus a load of interesting adult characters too. As with all good middle grade books, there is also a satisfying ending. This is the first book I’ve read by Lisa Thompson and I can’t wait to read her others. Brilliant!
This a bout a boy called Matthew who hates germs and therefore cannot go out. He cant touch his mum and dad and has to wear special gloves to protect his skin. One day next door's grandchildren come to stay. When the toddler is playing in the garden, he goes missing. Matthew then works with Melody to investigate the case of the missing person. This is a great book for people who like mysteries and years 4 - 6.