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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.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published on March 28, 2017 by Puffin Books
ISBN-10: 0142426423
ISBN-13: 9780142426425
102 Book Reviews
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  • Coolgirl27Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 1:41 pm
    My class is reading this book!!!! I think it is very cool and interesting so far!!
    • kittengirlSunday, December 9, 2018 at 9:35 am
      A book of great teamwork, friendship, standing up for others, doodles of impossible things and dyslexia. A must read for anyone who likes a little difference in the world of books. One of the best car ride reads in the world. I really felt like I was in the book always by Ally's side. The kids reading this book will go alongside Ally and her friends, defending each other from Jessica and Shay. The book's lesson is that you should always believe in yourself and not let anyone else take you down. In the beginning, Ally is with a teacher that doesn't really understand her. In the end she has a teacher who helps her with her dyslexia. She also does not have any friends. In the the ends she has 2 new friends and a maybe friend. NOT GOING TO SPOIL ANY MORE!!!!! 😊😎😁💟✨✔
      • ubergirl
        ubergirlSaturday, December 1, 2018 at 5:25 am
        A Great Book for all ages
        • raakelWednesday, November 28, 2018 at 6:31 am
          For my novel review, I decided to read Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullay Hunt. It was a very inspiring book in the sense that it was saying that you need to always believe in yourself and don't let other people tell you otherwise. Fish in a Tree is about a girl named Ally who has trouble learning. Ally is trying to keep this a secret, but still gets bullied because of it. Eventually, someone steps up and defends her. Finally she has a friend. One school day, Ally discovers she has a new teacher. He helps her in ways she never thought would help her. In the end, she realizes with enough confidence, she could do anything she wants. This book was such a great book to read because I got really sucked into it (and I don't usually get really into books). The book was very descriptive and I got to know the characters well with the description. The characters all had very distinct traits. I love how well described this book was overall. I would recommend this book for grades 5-7 because some of the words would be hard to read for someone who’s grade 4 and under. The book length would also be a bit challenging for grades 1-4.
          • wolllf123
            wolllf123Monday, October 22, 2018 at 11:03 am
            Ummmmmm have not reeded yet need to read it NOW!!!
            • rniedan
              Ms. NiedanSunday, August 26, 2018 at 9:44 am44 stars
              I really appreciated that this book is written from Ally's point of view, because I gained insight into what it feels like to be dyslexic and not enjoy reading. It was a new perspective that I needed to learn about to better understand people who have difficulty learning to read.
              • ajbright
                ajbrightSunday, July 29, 2018 at 1:19 pm55 stars
                When I read Fish in a Tree it made me feel like I was Ally Nickerson. Ally is a girl who can not read and has two nice friends.
                • ashley57
                  ashley57Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at 1:30 pm
                  I'm choosing books for my new fifth grade class which will promote critical thinking around social issues as well as having them think about choices they make in identifying who they are, what they will want their character to become. In a world of bullying, put downs from the top of our government, being the "tough guy" ...I want to instill in the children a sense of personal power that they can choose to be whoever and whatever they want to be without stepping on others to lift themselves higher... I'm hoping to find a journey for them through the characters in Fish in a Tree!
                  • devenitycrystal
                    devenitycrystalFriday, June 15, 2018 at 2:11 pm55 stars
                    This book is amazing and it's definitely inspirational to kids who struggle in school, especially with dyslexia
                    • pupcat46
                      pupcat46Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 7:36 am55 stars
                      its a good book

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