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.

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18 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

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  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.

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  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.

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  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

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  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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  6. Samuel Ray-Billington says:

    Samuel Ray-Billlington: Dulwich Prep London

    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 realises 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 ten out of ten and would recommend it to readers age 8 or up as younger children might not fully understand the concept or meaning of Matthew’s condition.

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  7. Louis Badham, DPL says:

    I liked this book because it was about a boy facing his fears to help someone else. He had to do lots of investigating to work out who had committed the crime and he also made a friend in the process. I would give this book a score of 9/10.

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  8. Anonymous says:

    Nancy, Dulwich Hamlet Junior School
    Matthew likes all things clean and germ-free, but when his neighbour’s grandson goes missing it is up to him to solve the mystery.
    At first I wasn’t sure about this book but I was soon in love with the depth of each character. I thought the ending was a bit surreal but apart from that it seemed almost true. I really enjoyed it. 9/10

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  9. David Oris says:

    I liked this book because it was so meaningful. It shows the lengths people go to just to help a friend even if it means having to overcome your fear and illness.

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  10. John Abboodass says:

    The goldfish boy was very imaginative and clever by twisting the theme of OCD (obssessive compulsive disorder) into a mystery about kidnapping of a toddler called Teddy. This book is a real thriller and I recommend it to people with OCD to overcome their fears and children 8 and above to empathise the feelings of people with OCD. 9/10

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  11. Charlie Parker says:

    Although Goldfish Boy is written in the first person I did not feel any empathy towards Matthew due to the subject matter being difficult for me to relate to. Additionally all through the book it mentions his baby brother, Callum, and how it is Matthew’s fault Callum died but the book conceals how Callum died until the very end of the book.Therefore I spent the majority of my time reading Goldfish Boy wondering how Callum died. This distracted me from the actual storyline . Overall I would rate Goldfish Boy 7/10.

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  12. Ibraheem Ayub DPL says:

    At first, i didn’t think this was going to be a very good book, even when i read the blurb.The book is about a boy called Matthew who has OCD and stays in his bedroom a lot. Once I actually read the book i realised how well written it was because it gave me a greater understanding of OCD and how it affects people’s lives. Although Matthew has this illness he is very brave for stepping out of his comfort zone to find a local missing boy. He becomes a key witness for this investigation as he is always looking out of his bedroom window. I liked the mystery aspect of the book as it kept me guessing about the missing boy, Teddy Dawson. The ending of the book is very emotional as the reader finds out the underlying reason why Matthew has OCD. Overall I enjoyed this book and would recommend it. I give it 9/10.

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  13. Ollie Compton-James says:

    I really liked The Goldfish Boy as it was a very good storyline and i really felt empathy for Matthew. The book really tought me alot about OCD and i am really pleased that Matthew conquered his fear to solve the mystery. The one downside was that Teddy reappeared too suddenly and i think that this made me jump out of my reading zone. This probrably happened because the authour just couldn’t think of the mystery. Overall i would rate this book 8/10

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  14. Louis Hogg, DPL says:

    I enjoyed this book. I thought that Mathew as a character was strongly presented. I thought that the snippets of backstory really helped the readers understanding of the characters. I think that the fact that Mathew is OCD helps my understanding of the way somebodies mind works in that situation. To improve, I thought that it was unclear why Mathew should think he has any connection to the death of his brother so that side of the story line is still a bit confusing. Overall I would give this book an 8/10.

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  15. Thomas Grundy DPL says:

    This book is about mystery, overcoming your fears for the greater good, and guilt.
    Matthew feels that the death of his baby brother a few years ago was his fault, as he vomited on his mum and thinks that the terms were the reason why the baby died.
    He blames himself and is afraid to have human contact or leave his room, but he has to overcome it when the next-door neighbour’s grandson goes missing. I especially liked the ending which was a sort of cliffhanger, as you never find out whether Casey (the toddler’s brother) had something to do with the disappearance, but it is subtly hinted at various points in the book.

    I rate it 9 1/2 out of 10

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  16. Mohammed H Charter East Dulwich says:

    The gold fish boy is about a boy how doesn’t want to go outside and like looking out the window. And i think is amazing and mysterious.

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  17. This book was one I had been wanting to read for a long time. Matthew is a boy that hates germs and dirty things, but all was about to take a unexpected turn. A boy goes missing in his area, and Mathew finds himself at the head of the investigation. He has to help find the missing boy, even if his own secrets (like his brother) are discovered by Mathew again. This is my favourite out of all 6 books, but I thought the ending was a bit predictable. So for that reason I would rate it 9/10.

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  18. Emily F, Charter School says:

    I enjoyed this book. I found it funny, characteristic and capturing. I liked how the main character has the problem where he likes to clean a lot and at the end he overcomes it.
    I rate this book 7 out of 10 because the ending was a bit too short.

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