Thompson, Lisa The Goldfish Boy, 320 pages. Scholastic, FEB 2017. $17. Content: G (1 swear)
Matthew has become more and more paralyzed with the idea of interacting with the rest of the world and has spent more time just existing within his own room, where he can control everything that happens. When the man next door takes in his grandchildren, they start calling him ‘goldfish boy”, because he spends his days watching the neighborhood outside his window. When the little boy goes missing, though, Matthew will have to find the courage to face his fears, give up his secrets, and reach out to those who are reaching out to him.
Matthew’s return to mental health is a little miraculous, but learning the progression of his terror does breathe life into understanding how agoraphobia might form and also the value letting someone else in to understand your distress. The mystery is not as gripping and the social interaction, though.
EL, MS - OPTIONAL. Cindy, Library Teacher