The Goldfish Boy

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Author: Lisa Thompson

Publisher: Scholastic


Matthew likes sparkling clean surfaces, staying safe in his bedroom and making notes about his neighbours. He hates germs, going outside and feeling like a disappointment to his mum and dad.

When a toddler staying next door goes missing, Matthew finds himself at the centre of the mystery. Every one of his neighbours is a suspect – and Matthew is the key to working out what happened, even as his own secrets begin to unravel.

A story about finding friendship when you’re lonely – and hope when all you feel is fear.


5 thoughts on “The Goldfish Boy

  1. Jago Solloway DPL says:

    i found this book incredible as the emotion in it is phenomenal. I also thought that the mystery put in it was just perfect. I would definitely recommend this to others as it was such a gripping read. 8/10


  2. Mia wickremasinghe , THE CHARTER SCHOOL says:

    so far ,out of 2 books , Goldfish boy has been my favorite book. I found it quite sad at first because it is about a boy who has OCD and is confined to his room due condition. He refuses to go outside and must always have clean hands. Then when a toddler goes missing he decides that he will found out who took him.
    It was really good book that loved you should totally read it.


  3. Samuel Ray-Billington says:

    Matthew (the Goldfish Boy) has obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). He hates germs and will not go outside. One day his neighbour’s nephew goes missing and he realizes he has to help but fears that if he leaves his room he will catch a disease and die. He has to overcome this and help solve the mystery of the toddler’s disappearance.

    I really enjoyed this book because it has many unexpected twists and turns that pulls you in and makes you want to keep reading. It’s packed with emotive descriptions as well as powerful and unique characters with strong personalities.

    My favourite part of the book is near the end when the Goldfish Boy overcomes his fear and steps out from his room into the world outside because it shows that anything is possible if you put your mind to it and you should never give up.

    This is an inspirational and wonderfully moving story. I give it a 10/10 and I would recommend it to readers age 8 or up as children below might not fully understand the concept or meaning of Matthews’ condition.


  4. Shaylan Roy says:

    This book was spectacular! I liked the way he was limited by his cleansimess but could see everything that was going on. The mystery element fitted in very well. 7.5/10


  5. Ayan Nandi, Dulwich Prep London. says:

    The Goldfish Boy is a gripping book by Lisa Thompson about a boy called Matthew who has OCD and is always washing his hands. His only friend is a Lion on the wallpaper but after a child in the neighbourhood goes missing, he is forced to leave his prison-room, make a new friend, and solve a mystery. A book which will leave you guessing till the very last page. 9/10.


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