Fish in a Tree

In YA Book Reviews on February 19, 2015 at 11:29 pm


 by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Middle Grade Realistic Fiction/©2015/ 276 Pages/Recommended for 5th Grade-Adult

Publisher’s Synopsis (Courtesy of Goodreads):

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.

My Thoughts:

Fish in a Tree is just a beautifully written, full of life lessons, perfect middle school read. The characters (Ally, Keisha, Albert, Mr. Daniels, and all the others) are truly unique and memorable. The story is heart warming and falls in the category of life-changing, makes you want to be a better person kind of book. To top it off, the letter from the author on the very last page just melted my heart.

My Rating: 5/5 Stars


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