The Goldfish Boy

The Goldfish Boy 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

  • Title: The Goldfish Boy
  • Author: Lisa Thompson
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 159
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • 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 missingMatthew 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

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    1. Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Suitably heralded as a cross between Rear Window and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, this middle-grade mystery is an unsettling page-turner with a memorably flawed protagonist.

    2. Find all of my reviews at: /WARNING: After take one last peek at what I had written before posting, I realize you have to read about 117 pages before I actually get to anything about the book. #sorry. I’m going to begin by saying that (in MY opinion) middle-grade has to be the hardest (fictional) genre to write. There’s just soooooo much that can be going on in this age range. Maybe they’ve already hit puberty, maybe they haven’t – maybe they have parents who let them watch R-rated mov [...]

    3. a middle grade book where the mc suffers from ocd. it was done so well, capturing matthew's struggles & illness. the mystery was done well too.i i really liked how matthew was so keen on finding the missing child, even though the thought of leaving his house made him sick.

    4. 3 STARS!!!I really enjoyed that the main character Matty has OCD and I felt it was a very good portrayal of the most talked about type of OCD. I personally suffer from OCD but not the exact type as Matty in this story so I can't say that it's perfectly accurate. I thought the mystery part of this story was executed nicely, though it wasn't as thrilling as the synopsis leads on and the ending is pretty anti-climatic and I kind of went "meh" after the mystery was solved. I think it could've been 1 [...]

    5. I smiled and cried and held my hand over my heart the whole way through this book. Lisa Thompson’s The Goldfish Boy absolutely squeezed my heart to bits! You have to meet these people, this neighborhood, this book.Twelve year old, Matthew Corbin has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). He washes and washes his hands in hopes things will feel right. He can’t stop. His fear of touching, germs, illness, and the bad number “tenplusthree” has escalated over the past few months though. He’s [...]

    6. The Goldfish Boy is a great book, but often seemed to lean a little too self-indulgently into psychology and mental illness. Still, it gives a powerful portrayal of what it's like to live with severe OCD, and how observation offers an engaging distraction from it.

    7. Reseña completa en: elcaosliterario.e Desde el principio del libro me llamó muchísimo la atención la forma de tratar el trastorno obsesivo-compulsivo de Matthew por parte de la autora. Con muchos detalles y referencias continuas a su obsesión, la autora consigue que el lector se crea totalmente el trastorno del personaje y se meta en su cabeza sufriéndolo con él. En algunos momentos el propio protagonista le quite hierro a la situación que vive mostrando su faceta más divertida con algu [...]

    8. Like a goldfish in a bowl 12-year-old Matthew Corbin sits in the second story windows of his house and witnesses life going on around him. He is unable to wander far or often from his home-bound world due to the paralyzing effects of his Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). At the heart of the book is a mystery involving a missing toddler, with Matthew being the last person to see the child. Matthew lives on a small cul-de-sac which is also home to a group of interesting and diverse characters. [...]

    9. *tears up*This was just beautiful. So beautiful! I flew through the book, read the rest of 250 pages I still had left to read in 2 and a half hours. It was glorious, it was beautiful, I would highly recommend this book to everyone! Be prepared to cry a bit. I am so glad that I went and pre-ordered this one some months ago. It is always a tricky thing buying a book without knowing much about it but the blurb, maybe a small excerpt, and the cover. But I am definitely happy with this one. It was ev [...]

    10. This week has been an excellent week for first person narratives. After spending Tuesday and Wednesday enveloped in Polly Ho-Yen's 'Boy in the Tower', the next two days were spent engrossed in this superb story. Thompson and Ho-Yen both succeed in making you feel like nothing else is happening in the world, apart from what's going on inside the head's of their books' main characters. The Goldfish Boy tells the heartbreaking, frustrating story of Matthew, a child-sufferer of OCD. The book is clea [...]

    11. A young boy goes missing from his grandfather's garden and Matthew is the last person who saw him. But Matthew has problems of his own. He suffers from OCD, a condition so debilitating that he hasn't left his home in months, even for school, he can't bear to hug his own mother and the thought of the pet cat being anywhere near him is unbearable. Consequently, Matty has become isolated and lonely, having lost touch with all his friends. However, he is determined to investigate the mystery of miss [...]

    12. When I started this one I was not quite sure what to expect. And that was one of the reasons why I liked it so much. The protagonist, portrayed by Lisa was weird, way weird. I think it was psychological at some points(or mental illness). The mystery wasn't top notch, but it wasn't the main focus of the book either. A will written book. :)

    13. Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson, a review by Ray (age 9)I liked this book because it was funny, gripping and carried across a great emotional message really well. A great assortment of characters went with that, and a great mystery and it DEFINITELY needs to be awarded.Did I like it?Yes, I loved it in fact, one of my top 10 books in fact, (and believe me I have read a lot of books in my life). (Someone once mistook my bedroom for a library, and I've read about 93% of them). The reason I liked it s [...]

    14. I thought this was great. A genuinely clever mystery, an awkward, different, difficult detective and a suburban world where nothing is quite what it seems. Definite flavours of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time - I'll be recommending this a lot next year. (8+)*Please note: this review is meant as a recommendation only. Please do not use it in any marketing material, online or in print, without asking permission from me first. Thank you!*

    15. Een spannend boek voor 8-10 jaar, over Matthew die als laatste een jongetje heeft gezien voor die vermist is geraakt. MAAR: Matthew heeft last van dwangneuroses.Dit boek is heeeeeeel goed en mooi geschreven, want naarmate dat het boek vordert begrijp ik Matthew steeds beter. Dat is zo knap gedaan, en voor deze leeftijdsgroep erg belangrijk.Want twee andere buurkinderen van Matthew zijn ook een beetje anders. Een klein beetje maar, maar dat is genoeg om buiten de boot te vallen op school. Wat dit [...]

    16. "12:55 p.m. That time was important. I don't know why it stuck in my mind but it did, even without writing down.At some point after 12:55 p.m. on that bright, scorching day, Teddy Dawson went missing."I got a thing for good Middle grade books, despite the fact that my professors and probably a few family members would tell me I am too old for them. I don't care. There's something fascinating about books that manage to entertain children, but still hold a message that can reach up to an adult.The [...]

    17. Matty's fear of germs is taking over his life. He knows that if they win, he will cause someone else to get sick and die. So he washes his hands over and over and compulsively cleans his room and belongings. It's gotten so bad that he can't go to school, and barely even leaves his room. Instead, he watches out the window, recording his neighbors' movements in a notebook, making sure that everyone sticks to their routines. Which puts him in the perfect place to notice things when his next door ne [...]

    18. El final esta bastante bien. En general me ha parecido un buen libro, pero le falta algo por eso no le doy las 5 Estrellas.Lo recomiendo para si alguien está con bloqueo lector o tiene poco tiempo, pues se lee muy rápido.

    19. Read & reviewed for The Bookbag:thebookbag/reviews/iMatthew has OCD. Not that he knows that's what it is. He just likes things clean, he really hates germs, or going outside, and he feels safest upstairs in his room and the front bedroom, where he can control the dirt, and where he can watch everything that's going on outside, making notes on his neighbours' activities. When a little boy, Teddy, from next door goes missing one day, it turns out that Matthew was the last person to see him, an [...]

    20. I was given this book as a present, and I am so happy that I received it! The mystery is mind boggling: where has Teddy Dawson disappeared to? Well, with all the developments that our main character Matthew discovers in his investigations, the culprit certainly wasn't who I was expecting!Putting the mystery to one side, the story of Matthew's battle with Obsessive Compulsion Disorder is done with such care and attention, it is like he is a real person. The descriptions of why he constantly clean [...]

    21. What a brilliant book! Gorgeous and gripping. I couldn't put this down and had a big tear at the end. As a children's literary agent, this is exactly the kind of upper MG I would love to find in my submissions.

    22. I felt so much for Matty when his parents didn't understand him. A good book for anyone wanting to understand OCD, or be sympathized with.

    23. Matthew Corbin suffers from severe obsessive-compulsive disorder, refuses to leave his room, and he hasn’t been to school for weeks. However, when the toddler next door goes missing, Matthew is sure he was the last person to see him alive. He then finds himself in the center of a mystery, and looks at every neighbor as a suspect. Trying to figure out what happened, he has to overcome his fear and step out from his own safety, and this book is all about facing fears and finding the truth. The b [...]

    24. Un libro que me ha encantado. Bien escrito, nos adentra en la cabeza de un niño que teme a los gérmenes. Este libro me ha sorprendido y llegado al corazón. Os dejo mi opinión en: youtube/watch?v=XgIob

    25. Awww, what a sweet book. I love the characters so much, some of them are really relatable. The ending was amazing but I kinda wanted a plot twist or something. The book started off really good, but it got a bit boring around the middle and it picked up again at the end. Recommend to everyone.

    26. En El imprevisto caso del chico en la pecera se retrata la importancia de la amistad y cómo los niños lidian con enfermedades mentales. Lo mejor son las revelaciones relacionadas con Matthew y lo relacionado con el Trastorno Obsesivo Compulsivo. Reseña completa en THE BEST READ YET BLOG

    27. jerasjamboree/2017/0I loved Matthew’s dry humour. All too often we forget about the person underneath the anxiety, relating and responding to the behaviour and this is what happens to Matthew with his neighbours and to some extent his mum and dad. His growing friendship with Melody through their joint venture of working out where missing Teddy has gone bought some normality for him. As well as children being cruel, they can also be accepting. Her unusual ‘hobby’ gave me a deeper insight to [...]

    28. I decided to read this as it's the first CBOTM from Waterstones that actually intrigued me since I have worked there (all the other books are good, just not really my thing). I didn't expect to become attached to the story and to Matty. I definitely didn't expect to feel emotional towards the book but I have. This was such a good book which focused on dark themes such as mental health problems like OCD and how dangerous it can be. Reading a book targeted at 9-12 sounds silly but reading it from [...]

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