I am thrilled to be involved with this year’s Children’s Book Award blog tour showcasing the nominated titles, today I’m sharing with you ‘The Goldfish Boy’ by Lisa Thompson shortlisted in the Younger Reader’s Category.
The Goldfish Boy
‘The Goldfish Boy’ was one of my favourite debuts of 2017, Lisa’s talent for captivating storytelling is evident in this assured and confidently told tale. Twelve-year-old Matthew is trapped in his bedroom by crippling OCD, spending most of his time staring out of his window as the inhabitants of Chestnut Close go about their business. Until the day a toddler staying next door goes missing and Matthew finds himself at the centre of the mystery. Every one of his neighbours is a suspect, so Matthew must turn detective whilst facing his own fears. A beautifully written tale that deals with grief, mental illness and the power of friendship. Lisa has assembled a fantastic cast of characters that highlights that we all have our own unique quirks that are part of our personalities, but don’t necessarily need to define us as individuals. It also offers the reader an insightful look into why people behave the way they do. I failed to unravel the mystery of who was responsible for the disappearance of the boy next door, but I was so enthralled by this tale I read 300 pages in one sitting, desperate to uncover the truth. Warm and wonderful, a definite must have read.
“What an honour to have made the shortlist of the FCBG Children’s Book Award. Knowing that this award is voted for solely by children makes it even more special. Thank you!”
Lisa Thompson worked as a Radio Broadcast Assistant first at the BBC and then for an independent production company making plays and comedy programmes. During this time she got to make tea for lots of famous people. Lisa grew up in Essex and now lives in Suffolk with her family. Her debut, The
Goldfish Boy, was a Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month pick in January 2017 and is the bestselling debut of the year as of July 2017.
The Children’s Book Award
The Children’s Book Award is the only national award voted for solely by children from start to finish. It is highly regarded by parents, teachers, librarians, publishers and children’s authors and illustrators as it truly represents the children’s choice. Thanks to the support of the publishers, over 1,000 new books are donated to be read and reviewed by our Testing Groups across the country every year, with over 150,000 total votes being cast in the process. At the end of each testing year, nearly 12,000 books are donated to hospitals, women’s refuges, nurseries and disadvantaged schools by our groups.
If you want to get involved in this year’s award, voting is now open for and closes 12.00 Friday 18th May 2018. Vote now for your favourite.
Thank you to Kate and the Children’s Book Award team for inviting me to take part in the blog tour for this special award.