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A thirteen-year-old boy's life revolves around hiding his obsessive compulsive disorder until a girl at school, who is unkindly nicknamed Psycho Sara, notices him for the first time and he gets a mysterious note that changes everything.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, ©2016.
ISBN: 9781338129830
Characteristics: 292 pages ;,22 cm
Alternative Title: OC Daniel


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Oct 20, 2019

This book starts out rather slow and boring but quickly picks up and becomes a very good read . Glad I persevered and kept reading as if I hadn't I would have missed out on a very good plot and interesting story line .

IndyPL_SteveB Aug 05, 2019

Interesting children’s novel for about 6th-8th grade level. Daniel is a 13-year-old boy locked into a series of uncontrollable behaviors. He can’t tell anyone because he assumes his family and friends would think he is crazy. He is smart at school, except with math because certain numbers seem really bad to him and he keeps replacing them with good ones. He is the back-up kicker on the football team but he hates the stress of football. He can’t go to sleep at night unless he brushes his teeth and turns the light switch off and on exactly the right number of times, then takes the right number of steps to his bed. Daniel’s pattern gets disturbed by his sudden friendship with “Pyscho Sara”, a girl who has not spoken to anyone in years.

It is obvious to us, as adults, that he is a victim of obsessive-compulsive disorder; but he knows nothing about it and assumes he is the only person who behaves this way. I assume this would be a revelation to many children, too, including some children who are tormented by the same kinds of behaviors. (It is based on the writer’s own childhood torments.)

Mar 16, 2019


Feb 02, 2019

OCDaniel is the best book, I have read so far, from my point of view. It is full of some teenage stuff, which makes this book more interesting.

Sep 11, 2018

Daniel is a thirteen-year-old boy constantly plagued by obsessive thoughts. He defines those feelings as “Zaps” which causes him to feel horrible after encountering one of his triggers, which include wrong numbers and the wrong amount of steps taken in between activities. This makes even the simplest things such as going to bed tortuous, and the only way he can escape is through writing. He then encounters Sarah, declared as a mute psycho by the rest of the school. She confronts Daniel one day because of a murder conspiracy and their relationship has progressed ever since. This is an insightful novel that will change the youth’s views on mental illness. It was interesting, engaging and progressive. The characters were likable and I felt sympathy for the two main characters. I believe that it portrays mental illness accurately and realistically, and overall, this was a really good read. Rating:4/5
@Iron_Rose of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

Jun 18, 2018

I picked "OCDaniel" up as an Ed-student looking to screen books I thought would be worth-while to collect for a classroom someday. OCD hits home for me and I thought the way it was described in "OCDaniel" was creative and accurate. King does an amazing job describing compusions as "zaps" and the anxiety that comes with being unable to, or messing up one of these compusive behaviors. It's heartbreaking watching a child try to explain their compulsions/anxiety to people that just do not understand. It's heartbreaking when the child affected by OCD doesn't have a clue how to explain so that people understand. "OCDaniel" describes the anxiety that comes with interrupted compulsions/rituals so vividly and in language that a 12-year old could understand and I felt validated while reading it. The crushing anxiety I've experienced when I was unable to do something in sequence and the way some of my loved ones used to get upset if they were unable to wash their hands so many times within an hour--if I had "OCDaniel" as a 12-year-old it would have saved me and my friends a lot of frustration trying to explain or understand each other.

VaughanPLDonnalee Apr 27, 2018

This is an excellent book for children. Not only does it serve as a great introduction to learning about anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder, but it also deals with typical tween stuff like popularity, school relationships and school sports. The characters are believable and engaging. It is an honest and heartfelt look at anxiety, insecurity and stress but told in way that children will be able to relate to. Children who like the book Wonder may also really like this book as well.

Jul 24, 2017

I really like this book, not just because it is interesting and pulls you in, but because it shares such an important message. Personally, I can relate to Daniel because I really love writing, so if you like writing, I would recommend this book to you.

May 28, 2017

Though written for a "youth" audience, I found the characters very realistic and well-developed. Five stars doesn't even seem enough praise for the excellent story-line and depiction of a teenager suffering with OCD. I highly recommend this to all readers who are willing to "walk in another person's shoes" to learn understanding and compassion.

May 21, 2017

As an adult with OCD, I picked up this book with trepidation, but it was amazing. If I had read this as a tween or teen it would have changed my life. If discriptions of actual OCD behaviours trigger you, I'd skip it, but I thought it was amazing.

Aside from being wirtten with love, it's got a great plot, a little mystery, a little scifi, paired with someone trying to be a regular teen. I didn't see the end coming, which is rare for me.

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