The Goldfish Boy

The Goldfish Boy

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In this riveting debut, a boy struggling with OCD is uniquely qualified to solve a kidnapping.

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: New York : Scholastic Press, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781338053920
Branch Call Number: J FIC Thomp
Characteristics: 313 pages ; 22 cm

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Matthew suffers from severe obsessive compulsive disorder. One day he finds himself at the centre of a mystery, but he'll have to expose his own secrets to solve it.


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AL_KELSEY 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!

AL_KATI 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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