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Fish in a Tree

Jacket.jpg fish in a tree


Title: Fish in a Tree

Author: Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Series: N/A

Recommended for: Grades 5th and up

Pages: 276

Call Number/Link:  J FICTION HUNT, L.



Synopsis:   “Everybody is smart in different ways. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its life believing it is stupid.”

Ally has been smart enough to fool a lot of smart people. Every time she lands in a new school, she is able to hide her inability to read by creating clever yet disruptive distractions.  She is afraid to ask for help; after all, how can you cure dumb? However, her newest teacher Mr. Daniels sees the bright, creative kid underneath the trouble maker. With his help, Ally learns not to be so hard on herself and that dyslexia is nothing to be ashamed of. As her confidence grows, Ally feels free to be herself and the world starts opening up with possibilities. She discovers that there’s a lot more to her—and to everyone—than a label, and that great minds don’t always think alike.

My Recommendation: This was a very colorful book and definitely engaging. This is a great book to show how students are bullied everyday due to their learning differences.  Excellent read aloud for children this age to learn how difficult it is to deal with being different and how not to treat others. This highlights dyslexia in particular and other differences. I would recommend to children who like to read about other people’s challenges or for teachers as a read a loud in elementary and middle school.

Previous Novel: One for the Murpheys

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Posted by on July 25, 2015 in Juv, Realistic


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