Monday, January 30, 2017

Review: Fish In A Tree

Fish In A Tree Fish In A Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“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 spent much of her life avoiding everything to do with school and reading. She is embarrassed by her inability to read, and hurt by comments that have been directed at her over the years (dumb, stupid, freak).

She retaliates the only way she knows how...getting into trouble and being sent to the nurse or the office to avoid being forced to read. That is until her new teacher Mr. Daniels enters the picture. Mr. Daniels doesn't see Ally as a freak, and with his help and the support of her odd by loyal sidekicks Albert and Keisha, Ally begins to see herself as smart and gritty. And as Mr. Daniels shows her, reading is no longer IM-POSSIBLE, but POSSIBLE.

My Thoughts:
This is a wonderfully sweet, uplifting story about dealing with a learning difference (dyslexia). There are also threads in here about grit, family, bullying, and friendship. Hunt does an amazing job with her 3 main characters, as well as a supporting cast of students, family, and teachers.

I read this with my 5th grade reading club, and it was an absolute hit. Will be reading this again in future years with upcoming groups.

My Recommendation:
5+/5 stars
Grades 5 and up

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