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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.
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published on February 5, 2015 by Nancy Paulsen Books
ISBN-10: 0399162593
ISBN-13: 9780399162596
146 Book Reviews
  • mackyspicey17
    mackyspicey1722 days33 stars
    I only rate this book 3 stars because it did not make me want to read more of it. I think the theme is good to know though. (treat people how you want to be treated) I did not even want to finish the book. I read a little bit but it was not very interesting.
    • keiriv
      keiriv22 days55 stars
      it was cool it was intresting and it is a good information if you like intresting
      • kenziekitten
        kenziekitten22 days44 stars
        I love this book because its vary interesting and funny ally seems so so nice and very sweet but but after a little it can get a bit boring but I did like this part in the book when ally tries to make new friends bye asking what they like and what they have in common and now she is opening a little bit but I really do love this book and think lots of people should read it.
        • mackyspicey17
          mackyspicey17about 1 month33 stars
          I like this book because it is very interesting and fun to read
          • pinkcat3
            pinkcat3about 1 month55 stars
            Such an interesting book!
            • andrew95
              andrew953 months44 stars
              Fish in a Tree is a great way to inform people about the disorder of dyslexia. A great choice for a project or to have some fun with students. One chapter from my teacher made the whole class silent. But I do think that leaving fans on a cliffhanger is not really good because we want to know how Ally's brother Travis does in the book it is debatable. Am just giving my own opinions and criticism please don't come at me because I dislike the book a little.
              • kawaiicutie
                kawaiicutie4 months55 stars
                like it
                • kawaiicutie
                  kawaiicutie4 months55 stars
                  i liked this it is good for ages 9-13 i think kk :)
                  • kittylover111
                    kittylover1114 months55 stars
                    This book teaches you about dyslexia. Dyslexia is when someone, in this case Ally Nickerson, has trouble reading, because the letters are backwards and than you can't see what the word is. Mr. Daniels, Ally's teacher, teaches her how to read. But before that, Ally's old teacher, Mrs. Hall, didn't know. Shay, Jessica and other kids make fun of Ally because of her trouble and disadvantage. But when Mr. Daniel's comes, that smile wipes off of Shay's face! He is on Ally's side, slowly understanding her problem. Ally also makes new friends, Kiesha Almond, a black girl that loves to bake. And Albert, a super smart brainy kid. All learns that when it becomes Impossible, make it Im possible.
                    • mireeka
                      mireeka4 months33 stars
                      I don't dislike this book, but I do dislike the theme of this book. I am tired of books where the message is "Being different is good". I don't disagree with that, but can't somebody think of a better theme for people who are different in some way? Besides, one reason I don't like this theme is that these kinds of books always make me cry.