The Goldfish Boy


From his bedroom Matthew Corbin attends to the business of the neighbours of his suburban street. Safe behind his bedroom window, encased in latex gloves, with Wallpaper Lion for company, he does not have to face the consternation and contamination of the outside world.

When Mr Charles’ grandson disappears, Matthew’s observations become more relevant to him, an investigation team, a neighbour, Melody, and his once friend Jake. Does Matthew hold the key to Teddy’s whereabouts?

While the story appears to hold a superficial similarity to Mark Haddon’s ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime’, ‘The Goldfish Boy‘ is its own. It is an all too realistic,  relevant, gripping, sad and funny story. Readers who long for really interesting, well researched, character driven stories will appreciate ‘The Goldfish Boy’ particularly. We recommend it to them, unequivocally.

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The Goldfish Boy

Lisa Thompson, illustrations by Mark Lowery


The Goldfish Boy is Matthew Corbin. It seems that he exists in a ‘goldfish bowl’, a self-imposed prison of cleanliness and safety. It allows him to survey the comings-and-goings of ‘a quiet, dead-end street’. However life from Matthew’s window becomes less predictable when his neighbour’s grandchild goes missing. Who was the last to see him? It seems as though Matthew holds the key, or does he? What’s more, what is wrong with Matthew?
Is it possible that Matthew might step away from his room to share what he knows? Thereafter, how can he interact with the world, with Melody, with his family, with the others in his street? What of his ‘once friend’ whom he can now only hide from it seems, or fear…
At first, it seems important to play detective. After all, hasn’t Matthew built up character portraits of each of neighbour within the close. Yet how does this reconcile with the truth, and then with his truth?  The Goldfish Boy is the choice for readers who long to be completely engrossed by a well told story. What’s more, this award-winning, highly rated debut title inspired a later title in the same setting- The Graveyard Riddle.

Lisa Thompson’s debut was a Waterstone’s book of the month, nominated for the Branford Boase Award and Carnegie Medal. What’s more it has won international acclaim, including a Kirkus starred review. Bookwagon recommends this empathetic, detective- laden, self- facing middle grade novel to all middle grade readers.


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