Goldfish Boy Resources

Goldfish Boy      by Lisa Thompson      


Author’s website

On Twitter @thompsonwrites


Useful websites

Download the young peoples OCD guide (PDF 1.54 MB) |  Open an eFlip version of the OCD information guide

The topics for discussion from this book are many and varied. They might include, OCD, bereavement, bullying, loss, mental health, family dynamics and the complex issues they present.


Cruse is a good place to start and offers free publications that help support children dealing with loss

Films / videos / You Tube

Book Trailer




Film tie in with The Aviator DVD (12)


Dramatisation of the life of Hollywood film mogul and aviation enthusiast Howard Hughes. Focussing on the years between the late 1920s and 1940s, both Hughes’ professional and personal lives are explored, including his dalliances with Katharine Hepburn and Ava Gardner and fall into the clutches of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.




Activities from publisher

Spot the difference game

In small groups ask pupils to take two photos of a well known location e.g. school library. Make some subtle changes (move signs, change displays, put books face on etc). Challenge another group to find the changes.

Other activities

Draw a map or plan of your own street

Write a crime report for Teddy’s disappearance

The characters in the book are well described. Write a short biography of one of the character or draw a picture of one of them

Book Suggestions

Emily Barr The One Memory of Flora Banks

Holly Bourne Am I Normal Yet? (Spinster Club Series bk 1) – OCD link

Vanessa Curtis Zelah Green, Queen of Clean

Siobhan Dowd The  London Eye Mystery

Siobhan Dowd and Robin Stevens   The Guggenheim mystery

Mark Haddon The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (Asperger’s link)

Kim Slater Smart – (Asperger’s link)

Robin Stevens Murder Most Unladylike Series