When a toddler staying next door goes missing, Matthew finds himself at the centre of the mystery. On his parents, on the family cat and all the surfaces in his house and most importantly - himself. You want to respond, to react, to do something to protect yourself. So beautiful! This is an excellent addition to a classroom library, most suitable for grades 4 – 6. A will written book. Instead, he watches out the window, recording his neighbors' movements in a notebook, making sure that everyone sticks to their routines. As the days go by without the little boy coming home, Matthew slowly pushes his boundaries in order to find him. Matthew (the Goldfish Boy) has obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). I liked the way he was limited by his cleansimess but could see everything that was going on. I give it 9/10. 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. Instead, he spends his days in his bedroom cleaning and watching his neighborhood from his window. Matthew ends up being part of a mystery when he realizes that he was the last person to see a young boy. View All Titles. 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. My favourite part of the book is near the end when the Goldfish Boy overcomes his fear and steps out from his room into the world outside because it shows that anything is possible if you put your mind to it and you should never give up. Two kids are staying with their Grandfather next door to him when the toddler goes missing and a mystery ensues. And i think is amazing and mysterious. He sees germs everywhere. I think everyone should read this book! But Matthew has problems of his own. I flew through the book, read the rest of 250 pages I still had left to read in 2 and a half hours. Will Matthew be able to leave the safety of his room to help find Teddy? Have you heard of the book, The Goldfish Boy? I recommend this book because I thought it was sweet and it was a pretty good story regardless of whether or not it was a middle grade story. Matthew is just treated as weird or strange for staying inside. The Goldfish Boy. I found it quite sad at first because it is about a boy who has OCD and is confined to his room due condition. Consequently, Matty has become isolated and lonely, having lost touch with all his friends. When you suffer from OCD, your mind gets stuck on a certain thought or image. I really liked The Goldfish Boy as it was a very good storyline and i really felt empathy for Matthew. Lisa Thompson's debut novel is a page-turning mystery with an emotionally-driven, complex character study at its core â like Rear Window meets The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
Suddenly, Matthew finds himself at the center of a high-stakes mystery, and every one of his neighbors is a suspect. Wishing for desires of wanting is different from needing a wish that is beneficial. Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Middle Grade & Children's (2017), Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award Nominee (2019). 9/10. ( Log Out / Constructed Response – Theme 96 Chapters 27-38 Comprehension 97 Constructed Response – The Importance of the Wallpaper Lion 98 Constructed Response – Plot Development 99 Answer Keys for Student Packet 100 ... . ( Log Out / 9/10. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. 8/10. To order a copy for £5.94 go to bookshop.theguardian.com or call 0330 333 … This seams interesting but I don't like buying without any recommendations. 7.5/10. Be prepared to cry a bit. Nancy, Dulwich Hamlet Junior School On his parents, on the family cat and all the surfaces in his house and most importantly - himself. He is afraid to leave his bedroom where he has complete control over how clean the space is. This story follows a kid named Matthew who has OCD. The character development in The Goldfish Boy makes readers really care about what happens. Literary Devices. Your email address will not be published. A young boy goes missing from his grandfather's garden and Matthew is the last person who saw him. The strength of this story, is its character development, and students will really want to find out what happens to both the main character and supporting character. It shows the lengths people go to just to help a friend even if it means having to overcome your fear and illness. • The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson is published by Scholastic (£6.99). Permanent link to this article: https://bookunitsteacher.com/wp/?p=4396. See the progress your students make while they are reading! “I think we could be good friends if you just saw me for the person I am, not the person you think I am. In The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson, twelve-year-old Matthew suffers from OCD.He is afraid to leave his bedroom where he has complete control over how clean the space is. The title, "The Goldfish Boy," is representative of how Matthew lives his life. 9/10. If you would like to try out the The Goldfish Boy Book Unit before you buy it, this download contains free samples including: The Goldfish Boy Book Unit contains graphic organizers for an interactive notebook and game activities covering vocabulary, comprehension questions, comprehension, constructed response writing, and skill practice. I think this book would be really important to read with children, allowing them to come face to face with the ups and downs of the world and the realities that some people have to face.