The Goldfish Boy
By Lisa Thompson
Matthew, who is 12 years old struggles with OCD. He is unable to go to school and his hands are bleeding and cracked from washing them so many times. He barely leaves his bedroom, which is mostly to wash his hands He lives on a cul-de-sac with seven houses. Since Matthew has trouble leaving his bedroom he watches the world go by through his window. Noting his neighbors movements Matthew keeps a notebook with the mundane events of the cul-de-sac. One day a small child from the cul-de-sac, Teddy, goes missing. The police question Matthew about what he saw out the window and are surprised that he has such definite details of seeing Teddy outside that morning and observing that the gate was shut. It appears Matthew may have been the last one to see Teddy before he disappeared. Matthew decides he wants to help solve the mystery but must enlist the help of the other cul-de-sac neighbor children. Where has Teddy gone? Does Matthew have the answers to finding him written down in his notebook?
The Goldfish Boy is similar to Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window as Matthew is confined to his bedroom, may have information about the disappearance of Teddy, and may be able to use that information to solve the mystery.