The Goldfish Boy – A Review

Paperback: 400 pages
Age Range: 9 – 12 years
Publisher: Scholastic; 1 edition (5 Jan. 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1407170996
ISBN-13: 978-1407170992
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 there 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.

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  1. suzanna
    April 25, 2017 / 5:13 pm

    Ooh, I've heard a couple of good things about this book. Will have to get hold of a copy.
    Thanks for reviewing

  2. clairesaul
    April 25, 2017 / 7:22 pm

    Great review – pinning and sharing link on my blog. Will buy a copy for our school library!

  3. April 28, 2017 / 6:30 pm

    What a great idea to raise awareness and understanding of OCD. We will certainly look out for this one! #KLTR

  4. April 29, 2017 / 4:47 pm

    This sounds like an interesting read Anne. I love how it focuses on the fact that it is ok to be different. After all, the world would be a boring place if we were all the same ­čÖé

    Thanks so much for joining in with #MMBC. Have a lovely weekend and hopefully see you Monday x

  5. Rosie Shelton
    May 2, 2017 / 5:35 am

    This looks like a great read. So important to raise children's awareness and understanding of others who may be different from them. x

  6. Laura
    May 10, 2017 / 7:17 pm

    This sounds like a fascinating book and I like the fact it raises awareness about mental health too. Thanks for linking up to #KLTR

  7. May 11, 2017 / 11:31 am

    ooh this sounds fun and I think blog posts which help raise understanding, awareness and promote everyday life are fantastic.

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