Lisa Thompson's debut novel is a page-turning mystery with an emotionally-driven, complex character study at its core -- like Rear Window meets The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
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 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?
|Product dimensions:||5.20(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.90(d)|
|Age Range:||8 - 12 Years|
About the Author
Lisa Thompson is the author of The Goldfish Boy and The Light Jar. She has worked as a radio broadcast assistant, first at the BBC and then for an independent production company making plays and comedy programs. During this time she got to make tea for lots of famous people. She lives in Suffolk, England, with her family. Find her on Twitter at @lthompsonwrites and lisathompsonauthor.com.
Read an Excerpt
Teddy stood up. He reached for more petals and then stopped. Something out of the corner of his eye had distracted him.
He turned and pointed a chubby arm toward my window as he gasped:
I watched him bounce up and down, clearly ecstatic that he'd spotted the Goldfish Boy all on his own. He looked around for someone to tell.
"Fishy, Casey! Look! Fishy! Granda!"
But nobody came.
I turned away from the window and glanced at the time in the corner of the computer screen.
That time was important.
I don't know why it stuck in my mind but it did, even without writing it down.
At some point after 12:55 p.m. on that bright, scorching day, Teddy Dawson went missing.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
In the Goldfish Boy, Mathew suffers from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Too afraid of the germs outside, he watches the world from his bedroom window. Suddenly his quiet neighborhood is filled with police detectives and reporters, and Mathew is forced into the spotlight when Teddy, the toddler next door, goes missing. Mathew prefers to remain in the safety and solitude of his bedroom, but he agrees to help his friend Melody try to identify the kidnapper, who they believe lives in one of the seven houses on the cul-de-sac. Was Mathew the last person to see Teddy before he disappeared, and will Mathew and Melody solve the mystery and save Teddy before it’s too late? My favorite part of this book is when a suspect is finally identified. Throughout the Goldfish Boy, I tried to solve the case alongside Mathew and Melody. I would consider the clues and think about who the suspect might be. The ending flabbergasted me! I thought the kidnapper could be anyone but this person. I love surprises in books. I give this book five stars because of the interesting mystery and unexpected ending. I recommend this book for curious and compassionate kids, ages 8+. Reviewed by Bianca M., Age 9, Denver Mensa
I read this while on vacation and when I realized that the crime was the kidnapping of a child, I wasn't sure I'd be able to read it, being away from Ben. But although you are certainly sympathetic to the family missing the child, the focus is so concentrated on the solving of the crime, that I was able to make it through just fine. This is a great crime story for middle school students. A toddler is kidnapped from next door to our protagonist. Our protagonist has OCD and watches all the goings-on in his neighborhood so he feels like he must find out who took the child. He has to try and overcome his fears and uncover clues to discover who it is. Thompson does a good job of leaving us multiple options and diverting attention with plausible leads. It's a nice modern example of the kids-solving-crime genre.