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The Goldfish BoyThe Goldfish Boy

by Lisa Thompson

Primary List 2017-18

So far we have received 16 reviews of The Goldfish Boy.

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Eleanor from Year 9, Ridgewood School:

The boy who sat in his bedroom for most of his childhood…the boy who was afraid of germs spreading through his system like a flow of water rushing through a stream….the boy who blamed his little brother’s death on himself – the boy named Goldfish Boy! Matthew likes everything to be clean, safe and secure in his tiny bedroom and to keep a watchful eye on the neighbourhood around him! However, as his fear of germs grows, his neighbourhood becomes in a panic as little Teddy from next door vanishes without a trace.Who could have an idea about Mr Charles’s grandson disappearing – Goldfish Boy! As suspicions grow, health issues rocket sky high with Matthew and secrets about the past are revealed, somebody in the neighbourhood is keeping the dark secret about little Teddy… Goldfish Boy was my absolute favourite book because of its whole story plan; I mean who wouldn’t enjoy a mystery jam packed with comedy and adventure! As well as not revealing too much, Matthew was my favourite character due to his problems with germs and watching him slowly drape back his fear over the period of story was so exciting and jaw dropping! As well as that, the author has picked the perfect times to uncover new secret, bring fun and excitement in the story and reveal new information about Matthew! This is certainly a read for people who enjoy a good mystery and a nice chunky book! If you would ask me about the rating, an absolute 10 as nothing in the story was boring and nothing did not fit in with the story line! How about a ‘Goldfish Girl’ book as that would be an amazing sequel! Overall, I would pick this book as the Primary DBA Winner due to its intriguing journey, perfect plot and most of all its main character – MATTHEW THE GOLFISH BOY! Thank you Lisa Thompson for publishing my new time favourite book!

Marks out of 10: 10

shania from Year 9, Ridgewood School:

Wow well this book has be the best book ever. It is amazing book ever nothing wrong about it at the start didn't get it but then I did. I would read this book again it was got to be the best book. Well done Lisa Thompson who wrote this book

Marks out of 10: 10

Egan from Year 6, Owston Park Primary School:

Gold fish boy is the best for any one who is looking for a slice of life and mystery book it is about a boy who had stayed in his house for his whole life ; he is also a very bad germaphobic but when a toddler goes missing every one in the street is a victim which is a concept that has not really been done for a while matthew is a very good character and they are some sad moments but its a phenominal book and they are so really good moments but the reason its only a 9 is that it is very slow at the begging but it builds up to what is one of my favourite books of this year the story goes over some very dark boundaries but it has a happy ending so that the end of my review.

Marks out of 10: 9

William from Year 7, Mexborough School:

An amazing book about a boy trying to solve a"murder" mystery all in all a great book with a very good plotline @

Marks out of 10: 8

Jem from Year 9, Ridgewood School:

Oh my gosh! This book is probably one of my favourite books I've ever read! You would think it's quite boring but to me, it's got a bit of a shock for you. It's about a boy who cleans up all the time. Also, he has to where gloves to stop him getting someone ill. To be honest,. it's a bit sad towards the end because we get to learn about Matthew's story. Although, it's got twists and turns throughout the book. Starting with when a toddler goes missing and Matthew's determined to solve the mystery. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone, not just for Primary kids. I'm in Year 9 and I didn't find it babyish or anything. However, it is a bit upsetting about his past. I think Lisa Thompson has done a fantastic job of creating such a creative book. I have really enjoyed reading such a good book! I honestly get over how great it is!! I hope you all enjoy this book - It's amazing!

Marks out of 10: 10

Violet from Year 5, Saltersgate Junior School:

Goldfish Boy is quite an interesting book, it's about a boy named Matthew; he always looks out of his window and views the world. He writes little notes about what neighbours do in their daily basis. Would you view the World and write notes about it? Suddenly, Mr Charles - a man on Matthew's cul-de-sac - grandchildren come to stay with him because their mother works in New York.one day, Teddy, who is one of the grandchildren, goes missing; Matthew was the last one to see Teddy in Mr Charles garden. Where did Teddy go? Who will found out who took him? Since Teddy went missing Matthew thought more about negative things such as: germs, his baby brother who died and Teddy! What can he do?

Marks out of 10: 9

Keira from Year 8, Ridgewood School:

Mathew. A character which can see everything from the view of his window. Whilst suffering from OCD, he is the prime witness of a child going missing on the cul-de-sac. With Police on the case and Goldfish Boy having lots of spare time on his hands, he and Melody try to find the evidence behind Teddy's absence... But does his sister Casey know what's going on? Has she known where Teddy has been the whole time? And with Jake Bishop trying to catch on to the idea, and trying to become closer and closer to Mathews weakness, they are encouraged to let him know what their plan is. But Melody is hiding something too... The reason she visits the graveyard. This book takes you on an emotional rollercoaster as you slowly realise why Mathew acts the way he does: blaming the death of his brother on himself and potentially receiving the blame from Teddy's disappearance. This book is one of my favourites from this year due to the fact that it has an incredible storyline in which you can entirely understand the reason behind what he has to go through. Overall I would have to rate this book with a 10/10 because it is so heart-breaking and truthful. It is one of my all time favourite stories ever.

Marks out of 10: 10

Keira from Year 8, Ridgewood School:

Mathew. A character which can see everything from the view of his window. Whilst suffering from OCD, he is the prime witness of a child going missing on the cul-de-sac. With Police on the case and Goldfish Boy having lots of spare time on his hands, he and Melody try to find the evidence behind Teddy's absence... But does his sister Casey know what's going on? Has she known where Teddy has been the whole time? And with Jake Bishop trying to catch on to the idea, and trying to become closer and closer to Mathews weakness, they are encouraged to let him know what their plan is. But Melody is hiding something too... The reason she visits the graveyard. This book takes you on an emotional rollercoaster as you slowly realise why Mathew acts the way he does: blaming the death of his brother on himself and potentially receiving the blame from Teddy's disappearance. This book is one of my favourites from this year due to the fact that it has an incredible storyline in which you can entirely understand the reason behind what he has to go through. Overall I would have to rate this book with a 10/10 because it is so heart-breaking and truthful. It is one of my all time favourite stories ever.

Marks out of 10: 10

Jack from Year 7, Ridgewood School:

The Goldfish Boy: The Goldfish Boy(which was written by Lisa Thompson) was an extraordinary book to read as it was filled with a variety of emotions. The self contained boy Mathew lives in his upstairs bedroom watching his neighbours do their own daily thing. He has recently been skipping school as for something he is dealing with. He only talks to this paper lions eye on the corner of his wall and cleans to get rid of germs that infests the house. This unusual behaviour leads to only one secret which you will have to find out by reading this amazing primary book. I really enjoyed this book because of its story line of uncovering secrets and its emotional factor from sadness to happiness. I rate this book an extraordinary, emotional and exciting 10! I definitely recommended this book to anyone he is ready for an Adventure.

Marks out of 10: 10

Harry from Year 5, - Home Educated -:

The goldfish boy is a good book. It's about Matthew, a boy who likes clean stuff and hates germs and going outside. My least favorite part was when the toddler next door to matthew went missing. He is called goldfish boy because he stays in his room, my favourite character is Matthew because he is funny and friendly who likes clean stuff and hates the number 13 he also hates going outside and feeling like a disappointment to his mum and dad. My favourite part of the book is when matthew hears casey tapping on the wall. The mains characters are: matthew, melody bird and Jake. The book is a mix of mystery and friendship, I love the book so much and if you like books about mystery and friendship then this is the book for you. In the end he overcomes his feelings because his parents help him to.

Marks out of 10: 7

Taylor from Year 8, Rossington All Saints School:

Goldfish boy. I've got a lot to write about this but I will not. This book is hilarious and very mind boggling. It is a book about a boy who is very shy but he solves a mystery about a missing toddler. A very good book.

Marks out of 10: 8

Hannah from Year 6:

I loved this book because it deals with a problem that usually goes under the surface because it isn’t usually deadly. I found myself shouting at the book because I would do something completely different. I would recommend this book to 7-12 year olds, I can totally relate to this book.

Marks out of 10: 10

Toby from Year 6, Owston Park Primary School:

Goldfish Boy is an amazing book about a boy called Matthew Corbin who has developed a hate for germs because his brother died. If anyone asked I would totally reccomend. The only reason its a 9 from me because its a sort of a slow start but apart from that its amazing.

Marks out of 10: 9

Megan from Year 5, Pheasant Bank Academy:

I have read a good chunk of this book and this book is amazing I definitely recomend Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thomphson. This book has a small font text but very easy to read. This is a mystery book about a toddler who goes missing. Matthew finds him self at the centre of the mystery. This is a book for people with pitiences because this book has 393 pages. I think this story is really interesting because of the mystery in the part of this the book. I think this book should definitely win Doncaster Book Awards (DNA)

Marks out of 10: 1

Paige from Year 6, Owston Park Primary School:

Goldfish Boy is an amazing book. Its about a boy called Mathew who is trying to find a missing toddler (his nextdoor neighbour).Everyone of his neighbours is a suspect for the missing toddler. He finds clues which lead him closer to the end of this investigation. I lost interest at one point of the story but if you like mystery and great investigations this is the book for you.

Marks out of 10: 7

Paige from Year 6, Owston Park Primary School:

Goldfish Boy is an amazing book. Its about a boy called Mathew who is trying to find a missing toddler (his nextdoor neighbour).Everyone of his neighbours is a suspect for the missing toddler. He finds clues which lead him closer to the end of this investigation. I lost interest at one point of the story but if you like mystery and great investigations this is the book for you.

Marks out of 10: 7

 

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