The Goldfish Boy

The Goldfish Boy

by Lisa Thompson
The Goldfish Boy

The Goldfish Boy

by Lisa Thompson


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In this riveting debut, a boy struggling with OCD is uniquely qualified to solve a kidnapping.

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 Details

ISBN-13: 9781338053937
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 08/28/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 60,944
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile: 750L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Lisa Thompson is the author of The Goldfish Boy, The Light Jar, and The Day I Was Erased. 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 at

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Teddy stood up. He reached for more petals and then stopped. Something out of the corner of his eye had distracted him. Me.He turned and pointed a chubby arm toward my window as he gasped:"Fishy!"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.12:55 p.m.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.

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