The Goldfish Boy

Book review by Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 8+

Intriguing mystery inspires empathy for kids with OCD.

Parents say

age 10+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 4 reviews

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age 10+

Enjoyed It, but...

I really enjoyed the book until the end. In my opinion, the end felt rushed and anticlimactic. Overall it was a fun read though.

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age 10+

Surprisingly good

Goldfish Boy is a well-written story that not only grabs you with the main mystery but with sub plots and character development. The internal struggle with OCD is clearly narrated. It is also clearly defined by the boy's doctor. Obsessive is the key word. Obsessive thoughts that lead to compulsive behavior. If you have someone in your life that lives with some form of OCD this book will put you inside their brain. It is not a lecture on OCD. It is a riveting mystery with a believable cast of characters. I have not finished the book yet and already feel it is worth recommending.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

Book Details

  • Author: Lisa Thompson
  • Genre: Mystery
  • Topics: Friendship
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press
  • Publication date: February 28, 2017
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 8 - 12
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Available on: Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated: July 13, 2017

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