Paperback: 400 pages
Age Range: 9 - 12 years
Publisher: Scholastic; 1 edition (5 Jan. 2017)
Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 2.6 x 20.1 cm
I bought this book because the theme called out to me. I thought it would be a good read for my 11 and 9 yr old daughters.
There are always those kids at school that behave a little differently and are hard to be friends with. Maybe they are bullies, or maybe they are just too unlike anyone else. Maybe they are just like the main characters in this book.
The Goldfish Boy is a story about Matthew, a twelve year old boy stuck in his bedroom because of debilitating OCD. But what is OCD and why does Matthew have it? Spending so much time in his room means that he gets to observe the goings on his neighbourhood. The characters are so well described you feel like you live their too. As you are drawn into the goings on something terrible happens. The little Grandson of Matthew's next door neighbour goes missing from the garden and Matthew is the last person to see him.
There are two other similar aged children living in Matthew's neighbourhood, both with their own issues and problems. The three children team up together to try and find out what happened to the little boy.
The book is a real page turner as you can't wait to find out what is going to happen next. When I read it I couldn't put it down and one of my girls has read it too and thought it was brilliant. There is humour, suspense and sadness in the story, all of this is delivered perfectly and with compassion.