Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Fish in a Tree

By Lynda Mullaly Hunt

  • Publication Date: 2015-02-05
  • Genre: Fiction
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 171 Ratings)

Book Synopsis

A New York Times Bestseller!

The author of the beloved One for the Murphys gives readers an emotionally-charged, uplifting novel that will speak to anyone who’s ever thought there was something wrong with them because they didn’t fit in.
 
“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.

From the Hardcover edition.

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    5
    By Boa la la lab
    Great minds do not think alike. Can this simple truth resonate in a world where kids are pushed to achieve a narrow definition of success at every level, culminating in a degree from a prestigious university and a high flying career in a well-paying field? From standardized tests to AP placements to resumes padded with the appropriate sport/music/volunteer activities—if this is our definition of success then what about those who cannot or choose not to walk this narrow path? Lynda Mullaly Hunt introduces us to Ally, a breathtakingly brilliant visual learner whose undiagnosed dyslexia convinces her, and those around her, that she is stupid. Fish in a Tree is certainly not the first children’s book with a dyslexic protaganist, yet when Hunt describes how, for Ally, letters move and shimmer on paper like rebellious toddlers refusing to sit still, I finally could imagine what a struggle reading and writing can be. Like the best authors of any genre, Hunt puts the reader into the head and heart of Ally until we feel her pain when she is labelled a “dunce” and her exhiliration when a brilliant teacher helps her see a future full of the possible. Even beyond Ally, the characters in Fish in a Tree break free of convention and force readers to consider them in all their individual, messy glory. There are few who will close this book having not been moved to tears at some point. I am grateful we live in a world which can celebrate students like Ally, Albert, Keisha, and Oliver and teachers like Mr. Daniels. For my part, having known these characters through the pages of Fish in a Tree, I will place a far higher value on the unconventional thinkers and their ability to change our world.
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    By Lia 03
    This book was amazing!!! I could not stop reading it. But what would be cool if there was another book when her dad comes home and how travis learns how to read. Just a suggestion! The book is awesome!!!!
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