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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]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781481455312
Branch Call Number: J KING
Characteristics: 292 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: OC Daniel


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2017 Best Juvenile Mystery

Finalist in the Juvenile Books category.

When a girl asks Daniel for help solving a mystery, his obsessive-compulsive tendencies become apparent.

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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.

PimaLib_SamR Apr 12, 2017

This children's book is valuable to teens and adults, too. On the outside Daniel’s life seems quite ordinary: he has a best friend, he’s on the football team, he has a crush on a gal. On the inside he’s a mess. With the help of a quiet girl, who has her own troubles, Daniel learns that his problem has a name and that he’s not alone. Within the context of growing up, this story addresses mental illness with humor and tenderness, a little mystery and science fiction.

JCLCourtneyS Feb 23, 2017

King's descriptions of Daniel's OCD symptoms made me feel anxious and boxed-in just reading them, which made me love this book while also being a little grumpy about it. Definitely a great read for those looking for a funny, hopeful window into the life of a kid with OCD.

Library_geek Nov 27, 2016

Standing ovation for author Wesley King!

What an outstanding read, one I highly recommend for tweens, teens and adults alike. This novel takes a very in depth and real look at the effect that OCD has on the mind, the body and the soul. No one can simply comprehend what it is like to live with it unless you go through this controlling mental illness, however King gives a real insight into the world of OCD.

I found Daniel to be quite endearing and at first I though he controlled the OCD so well....but like most mental illness he did well to hide how he was feeling, not just from his parents and friends but from the reader as well. I thought that having a like minded friend in Sara was most important for Daniel because he no longer felt as alone in his illness which in real life happens all too often. I felt at this point Daniel started to grow and not let his OCD Define him, although the struggle was still very real.

Wesley King, thank you for writing this novel, thank you for tackling one of the hard subjects. May many children, teens and adults that are struggling with this very real and controlling illness find comfort and feel less alone from reading this novel.


Nov 19, 2016

Honestly brilliant.

Aug 11, 2016

OCDaniel is a wonderful book but I like that there is a sub-story in the main story

Aug 03, 2016

Many people characterize those who like cleanliness and order as OCD. How far from the truth is this! Reading this book provides the reader with the reality of this punishing mental illness. The rituals, fears and sense of aloneness are difficult to fathom unless you are afflicted with this disorder. The accuracy of this book are authenticated well by the author who has suffered in the same manner.
Adolescents who are similarly affected should be given the opportunity to read OCDaniel. When additional copies become available, they should be placed in the 'teen' section since I rarely see young people scannning the books in the Adult section.

Aug 02, 2016

Wow. This was a great book! It really gives you insight on OCD. Daniel's personality feels really real, as does the supporting characters. OCDaniel is a really inspiring and enthralling novel, and I would recommend it to everyone.

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