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Daniel is the back-up punter for the Erie Hills Elephants. Which really means he’s the water boy. He spends football practice perfectly arranging water cups—and hoping no one notices. Actually, he spends most of his time hoping no one notices his strange habits—he calls them Zaps: avoiding writing the number four, for example, or flipping a light switch on and off dozens o ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published April 12th 2016 by Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
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Wesley King Thank you for the question! Because it was so autobiographical, it was definitely a challenge to delve into that part of my life. But at the same time…moreThank you for the question! Because it was so autobiographical, it was definitely a challenge to delve into that part of my life. But at the same time, it was extremely cathartic to put those some of those personal issues into a third person narration and watch it develop from the outside. Daniel took on a life of his own as the novel progressed, and I was almost curious as I was writing it to see how his journey would end. Ultimately, I think this is the most personal and hopefully most uplifting book I have written, despite the subject matter. (less)
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I wish there were more stars to give to “OCDaniel.” It’s a wonderful and emotional read that I think any middle or high schooler (or adult) will enjoy.

Daniel is 13 years old and has OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder), but he doesn’t know what it is. Written in the first person, he tells how his rituals affect his life and when the first symptoms began. While OCD is the main subject, Daniel also describes feeling like an inferior sibling and being bullied for other reasons, making it a good look
Wendy F
Feb 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
(I just realized that the cover shows a q-tip stick figure! Both hilarious, and also kind of sad.)

OCDaniel is the story of a 13 year old boy who doesn’t realize that he has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, he believes he’s just going crazy. He hides his ‘zaps’ or compulsions from his friends and his family, and he has horrible panic attacks. As a mother, who’s daughter is 12, my heart hurt for Daniel. I just kept wishing that he would tell someone, or someone would find out, something so he could
Oct 30, 2022 rated it really liked it
Such a beautifully written yet raw and eye opening look into OCD. Daniel is such a beautiful soul and a wonderful character. His character development by the end of the story was such a beautiful turn of events. I absolutely loved this read and seeing the realness of OCD through the character's voice. Such a powerful read! ...more
Thirteen year old Daniel (who is the back up punter for his high school football team) really and mostly spends his days and even his nights trying to hide and disguise his self-described "zaps" (actually his obsessive-compulsive tendencies) from everyone (his friends, his family, his teachers), until one day, a fellow student with the unfortunate and saddening nickname of Psycho-Sara sees both through and into him, offering Daniel her friendship, understanding and support.

OCDaniel is recounted
MissBecka Gee
Such a fabulous middlegrade read!
This has the most honest and relatable representation of OCD I have ever read.
I adored the characters and felt seen.
The author shows the scary, inconvenient and annoying side of OCD while still giving us a highly entertaining story.
I loved this!
Karen Upper
Jan 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing

For myself, this was an emotional read! Wesley King's OCdaniel is a powerful book of self awareness; realization, laughter and honesty. It is unlike ANY other book that I have ever read! There were times I saw myself reflected within the words, sentences and character of Daniel and his solidary inner struggles. Through out the book, Daniel is genuine, frank , sincere and unpretentious. His friendship with Max has him trying to be 'normal' and at the same time feeling alone and overwhelmed.

Kathryn Class
Apr 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
5 stars. Don't disregard this book just because it's in the Junior Fiction category. This would be a great bookclub book!! It takes on a tough subject and the characters are very well written and developed.
There are many topics to discuss, such as feeling alone and weird, when/how to divulge a suspected mental illness, how the parents could've not suspected, or how long a child can cover up their OCD, ways to ask kids hard questions, how a certain friend can make all the difference when a person
Olivia C1
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was such a thrilling story! It had heartbreak, joy and relief. The theme was "don't judge a book by its cover" the reason why i say that is because Sarah was this quiet psycho (thats what everyone called her) she turned out to be this girl going through heartbreak and pain. Overall i think this book was amazing and i definitely recommend it. ...more
Jeff Raymond
Is it possible for something to try to be the OCD Stargirl?

Maybe so, as OCDaniel is about a boy who is the backup punter on his school football team. He struggles to keep his situation in line, having a lot of small OCD episodes, and meets a girl who intrigues him with a mystery and might be a good distraction for him.

There's a lot that's endearing about this book, but a lot that's kind of wrong about it. The girl, who signs a note "Fellow Star Child," feels like an attempt to subvert the whole
This is a children's book about OCD.

It did not meet my expectations unfortunately. Despite OCDaniel being the title, i felt that the main premise was not about obsessive compulsive disorder. It focused more on the romance and "unsolved murder"? Yes it did mentioned the routines and rituals that the protagonist struggle on a daily basis, however i feel that it wasn't enough. It was just a very surface brush over. There wasn't enough emphasis on how much this illness is taking over his life and a
Bethany Pratt
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
OCDaniel by Wesley King was a good book. I liked the way the author gave the main character, Daniel, OCD and how Daniel has to deal with everyday struggles in school and with friends (and his tiny crush). I would recommend this book if you like social issues or realistic fiction.
Dec 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was great. I think the author did a great job showing the struggles that people with OCD face each day, and it was very interesting to see how everything played out. I definitely recommend this book to anyone 10+.
Christine Indorf
Oct 31, 2022 rated it really liked it
Read this duality out of order but still wonderful!! Daniel loves to write, loves big words, and hates football but plays to make his Dad happy. Sara is known in school as Psyco Sara because she rarely talks and is bipolar. She ask for Daniel help to find her father. Daniel doesn't want anyone to know he is suffers with mental issues as well. But as Sara and Daniel work together he discovers who he really is. Can Daniel ask for help for his OCD and can him and Sara find the truth about what happ ...more
May 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: chapter-books
It isn't often I really enjoy a book that I don't find rings true, but this is one of those. Thirteen-year-old Daniel is in middle school (I think, or maybe he is in a K-8 school, this is not made clear and was confusing when he conveniently sees his sister at "recess") and he is struggling to keep his OCD a secret from everyone around him. He believes he is crazy until he is befriended by a mostly non-verbal classmate, "psycho Sara" who seeks his help in outing her father's assumed murderer (he ...more
I first realized I was crazy on a Tuesday. I mean, I suspected it before, obviously, but I’d been hoping it was just a phase, like when I was three and I wanted to be a fire truck. But on that faithful October day she said hello after last bell, and it was official-I was completely bonkers.

This is the start of Daniel’s story, literally the first paragraph. I loved this book so much. I just wanted to hug him and squeeze him so tight. Daniel was showing signs of OCD and panic attacks because of th
Apr 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
“OCDaniel” is one of the best books I’ve encountered that specifically addresses mental health issues for middle grade readers . While mental health problems are a serious issue, “OCDaniel” never presents information about OCD in a dry, preachy, or condescending manner. Daniel is a typical middle grade student - playing sports, hanging out with his best friend, and meeting girls. Yet his OCD causes him to feel alone, crazy, and ashamed. He spends a great deal of time both engaging in and trying ...more
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
OCDaniel is a book about Daniel, a 13-year-old boy with OCD. He has “Zaps” as he calls them; things like not writing the number 4, or flipping light switches on and off, until it feels right. He hopes no one sees through his outer shell, and thinks he is doing a good job. Until a girl nicknamed Psycho Sara, notices him. She speaks to him and seems to see right through his outer shell. Then, he gets a mysterious note saying “I need your help.” from Fellow Star Child. And just like that, Daniel is ...more
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a fantastic book! I learned a lot about OCD and mental illnesses in general. Daniel is a very loveable and relatable character for tweens and teens. He is honest about his daily struggles and his fear of sharing his true self with his friends and family.

There are several subplots to this story which I think would appeal to many different audiences: football playoffs, tweenage crushes, a crime investigation, a young author writing his first novel, and of course mental illness.

I would reco
Ben Sirois
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I truly recommend OCDaniel! This book gets 5 stars in my perspective. Wesley King did an amazing job of show his readers what a kid with OCD can really go through. I love how Wesley gives all of the characters such great personalities. The cover didn't make sense at first but once you are done reading it you understand much more about it. This is a hilarious and sad book. But it is also a quick read. ...more
Daisy Paquet
Jan 31, 2017 added it
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Oh. My. Unicorns.
I need everyone reading this review to go buy a copy of this right. now.
This was a *super cool* *super sweet* *superbly written* book! It was *amazing* to read, and I couldn't put it down! I cannot praise it enough. I'd recommend it to ages 10+, though, because of a mention of suicide.
Jan 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
*I received an advanced copy from Simon & Schuster in exchange for an honest review. All quotes taken from a pre-published copy may be altered or omitted from the final version.*

** 4.5 Stars **!!

Full review will be post on April 13th as part of the blog tour.
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic. Describes OCD feelings and thoughts so accurately. Don't mistake this for a kid's book - adults need to read it because OCD is often kept secret because of fear and guilt - even parents don't know. Excellent book all the way around. Bravo Wesley King! ...more
Jada Coburn
this book was really good
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a wonderful way to combat the countless misconceptions people have about OCD.
This was a book that reminded me of the curious incident of the dog in the night, where the narrator is struggling with something personal but ends up getting drawn into a mystery, in this case, the mystery of what happened to Sara's father. There was much I found captivating about Daniel and I found myself tearing up as he struggled with his OCD (although he called them "zaps" and thought he was unique in getting them), as well as with some of the unkind things being said by others. There were ...more
• persimmon
Sep 01, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens

book was nice. i don't remember a lot about it since i read it years ago, but it spreads more awareness on the topic.
Daniel knows he is different. He is overcome by "zaps" and other struggles that take over his day to day routines. He is a member of the football team, but usually relegated to being the waterboy, a role he is much more comfortable in. His best friend, Max, is a popular boy, who saves Daniel from being a complete social outcast, but Daniel always feels he is at the fringe and never quite belongs. He befriends another child, who is also a fringe player and social outcast. She recognizes Daniel's ...more
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My oldest son, Owen, has suffered from OCD since 2015. My sister in law read this book years ago and suggested I read it. After the spike in Owen's OCD this summer, I remembered this book and checked it out from the library.

The author, Wesley King, suffers from OCD and so, as he says in the author's note at the end, "this story is in many ways as almost autobiographical representation of myself at that age."

It was extremely helpful for me to get inside the head of someone suffering from OCD--t
Scottsdale Public Library
I loved this book. It took a sweet, nerdy, eighth grader desperately trying to figure out peer social behavior while surviving through his school day in one piece and layered on the extra hard stuff like sports and parties. Then if that wasn't difficult enough, our protagonist suffers from some additional difficulties that he doesn't want anyone to know about and that he never talks about; he creates his own names for these scary feelings that keep him up at night engaged in repetitive behaviors ...more
A somewhat wrenching look at the life of a 13-year-old boy who has undiagnosed OCD and struggles daily to cope with (and hide) his obsessions and compulsions (which he calls “zaps”). Daniel must also cope with more traditional middle school issues - the pressure of being on the football team, trying to live up to parental expectations, a crush on a girl, etc. He is able to use humor effectively for many of his social problems, but alone at night he frequently dissolves into tears thinking about ...more
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Wesley King is the #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of eleven novels, including OCDaniel, The Vindico Series, and The Wizenard Series with Kobe Bryant.

He lives in Nova Scotia, as well as on a 1967 sailboat that he is taking around the world.

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