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fish-in-a-tree-335x512“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.
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Comments on: "Fish in a tree – Lynda Mullaly Hunt" (8)

  1. Jasmine said:

    Fish in a tree is an amazing book. It’s about a little girl named Ally who always gets into trouble. One day a teacher comes into her school who understands what she is going through. As time goes on she learns that it’s ok to be different and everyone makes mistakes. Ally starts to become more confident, participates more in class and makes new friends. This book is definitely recommended to everyone, It’s a great book about being yourself!


  2. Olivia said:

    This is the most amazing book I have ever read, this girl is absolutely warmed my heart and I wish that everybody would take the time to read this book. Ally is having a rough time at school, she has no friends and things don’t seem to be getting better. When she takes a leap out of her comfort zone she finds it all worth it she seems to now have 2 friends this is enough for her. These friends help her through tough times and things seem to finally be getting better for her but then her life takes a turn for the worse. She finds out she has a medical condition that affects her schooling, all she wants is to be normal and she’s doubting herself more and more. But when a new teacher comes along he seems to get her, she finds out new things about herself such as that she loves chess and she is smart, just in her own way. This is an inspiring story that will make you really think about how everyone has different talents. If you told a fish to climb a tree, it will live it’s whole life thinking it is stupid. This is a snippet of all the heart warming comments that get made in this story.


  3. When I was reading Fish in a tree it took a while for me to really grow and love the book but i’m so glad the I kept reading it because I ended up absolutely loving it. My favourite character in the book was ally! Ally can not read and write because she gets distracted really easily. But with the help of a new teacher ally surprises her self and outsmarts her whole class. I felt like I could relate to ally in ways in how she can get distracted really easily. This book would be good fpr about a 12 year old and I rate it a 6/10.


  4. When I was reading Fish in a tree it took a while for me to really grow and love the book but i’m so glad the I kept reading it because I ended up absolutely loving it. This book is about a girl named ally who can not read and write because she gets distracted really easily. But with the help of a new teacher ally surprises her self and outsmarts her whole class. This book would be good fr about a 12 year old and I rate it a 6/10.


  5. As strange as the title may sound, Fish In A Tree is an interesting story about a girl named Ally who thinks she is dumber than everyone at school. However, after a few months, she increases her confidence which allows her to outsmart her classmates. I felt that the author could eliminate some of the content at the start and middle to increase the ending, which I thought was the best part, as things began to change and it drew me in to keep reading to discover the final outcome. The determination and persistence Ally showed encourages us as the reader to never give up and continue on no matter what others think or say. I recommend this book for 12-14-year-olds that are interested in an easy reading and flowing book that doesn’t involve any suspense or mystery


  6. I recently reread one of my favourite books, ‘Fish in a tree’. I love this book and would recommend it to anyone! It’s easy to read and understand and the story is great.

    The book follows Ally Nickerson, a smart girl with a big problem, she can’t read. All her life she has believed she is stupid, and hates school. It turns out that she has dyslexia, a condition that makes words hard to read for her.

    When she gets a new school teacher, Mr Daniels, she thinks he will be the same as everyone else. But he sees the smart girl underneath Ally’s acting out and wants to help her. This book is inspiring, and tells the tale of friendship, learning, trust, and happiness.

    I love this book and think it is uplifting and captivating; I couldn’t put it down!


  7. Isabella said:

    Fish in a tree was a eye catching book that was hard to put down. It puts things in perspective of how kids learn in different ways. Fish in a tree was about a school girl named Ally who had trouble with reading and learning what other kids learnt. Ally gets distracted during class time which make it easier to understand the book since I used to get distracted in class. With the help of her new teacher, Ally learns how to read and stand up to the class bully. I would recommend this book to any one because it was very inspirational because it teaches kids that there is always another way to success and to never give up because there will always be someone there to help you with any of your problems. Fish in a tree was also very detailed by using descriptive use of words and it didn’t want to make you fall asleep. It was an enjoyable book any school kids could read.


  8. I recently read Fish in a tree and I really enjoyed it. I found it a very inspirational story that puts life into perspective. My favourite part of the story is when the main character Ally, stands up for a girl in her class, Keisha, by sharing her bouquet of flowers with her at a school concert, after Keisha’s were taken away from her. My favourite character was Ally, because she always had trouble at school, but as the story goes on, she starts to realize that everyone has a trouble of their own. I can relate to Ally, because sometimes I get so caught up in my own troubles, that I often forget that everyone has them, and we all have different strengths and weaknesses. My least favourite part of the book was at the start of the story, where Ally covers her struggles with misbehaving and distracting. If I were Ally, I would talk to the teachers, and tell them if I were having trouble. Ally probably just lacked confidence and trust for her teacher. If I could change anything about the book Fish in a tree, I would add a prologue, telling you about how Ally was going in school a few years after the book was set. I recommend this book as a must read to girls who are in need of a reminder that everyone has different talents, and that that is alright.


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