Fish in A Tree

Fish in A Tree

Book - 2015
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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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Nancy Paulsen Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), [2015]
ISBN: 9780142426425
9780399162596
0399162593
0142426423
Characteristics: 276 pages ; 22 cm

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List - Wonder
DPLbooklists_kids Jan 10, 2018

"Ally's greatest fear is that everyone will find out she is as dumb as they think she is because she still doesn't know how to read"

Suzy O./Want to Read: "My third-grade daughter first brought this book to my attention. The main character, Ally, learns that just because she has dyslexia and has trouble reading, that doesn’t mean she’s not bright. I love the idea of kids learning that just because they may struggle with o... Read More »

List - DPL Dyslexia Awareness
DPLjulie Aug 27, 2018

Sixth-grader Ally, after hiding the fact that she can't read for years, finds a new approach with an inspirational teacher.


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JASDEEP TATLA
Aug 26, 2020

An amazing book! I think it is about courage, knowing that there are people around you that can help and just being yourself! At least that's the impression that I got from it. Would definitely recommend this to anyone who manages to find this comment!

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clairemars
Jul 20, 2020

An excellent and inspiring story for 5th/6th graders about a girl with dyslexia and her journey to overcome its challenges and accept its benefits. Very accessible language with easily digestible themes. Relatable to kids who have struggled with schoolwork. Would be great for a class read-aloud or an assigned book.

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rheanaik
Jul 06, 2020

The poignant tale of a middle school girl named Ally who can’t read well due to her dyslexia yet has a knack for creative and musical pursuits. Her struggles also stem from her moving around so much(as her dad is in the military), her mother’s busy schedule, and her older brother’s learning difficulties. Her confidence slowly seems to grow due to a loving man named Mr. Daniels who becomes Ally’s teacher. He constantly sees through her distractions and believes in her capabilities. Through coping with her own struggles, she gains 2 friends named Keisha and Albert and realizes that anything is possible and that it’s never too late to improve upon something. I really liked that this book put a lot of importance on dyslexia and how a kid feels when his or her peers constantly make fun of them due to their disability. The book makes it clear that everybody with a disability still is capable of achieving a lot. However, I think that the book should’ve given a little bit more background about Ally’s family. Nevertheless, this is a wonderful book that shines a light on disabilities in children!

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pink_flamingo_400
Jun 29, 2020

It was a great read! I really enjoyed this book and I would recommend it definitely to the people who loved Wonder by RJ Palacio... You should read this!

OPL_KIDS May 21, 2020

Ally is a sixth grader who has trouble fitting in. She has been to several different schools throughout her elementary years due to her father being in the military and is constantly finding ways to go unnoticed. She can draw beautifully and creates movies in her mind to help escape difficult situations with academics and classmates. When her current teacher goes on maternity leave, she finally has a teacher, Mr. Daniels, who notices her true struggles with reading. Ally is diagnosed with dyslexia, and Mr. Daniels offers to help her overcome her reading challenges. This is a wonderful book about triumphing over difficult situations that get in a person’s way and realizing that anything is possible.

Reviewed by Miss Julie

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cbursiek
Nov 01, 2019

Coen Level M

Tigard_HollyCP Oct 22, 2019

What everybody else said, but it has come to my attention that some characters from marginalized populations have been portrayed stereotypically. I have to admit that I did not notice that when I read it, but it's important to at least consider that when reading the book.

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MB_kcls
Oct 12, 2019

'Fish in a Tree' is simultaneously both heartbreaking and joyous.

Middle grades are hard enough, as kids are trying to find their place, their voice and beginning to discover their values. It's doubly hard when they are different or simple perceived as different.

All of us are here because we are avid readers. 'Fish in a Tree' forces us to discover what it's like to struggle or not to be able to do what we take for granted. Sure, we know the traits, but 'Fish in a Tree' helps us, makes us understand the emotions, the frustrations, the pain of feeling as 'less than'. It focuses on learning disabilities, but touches on race and bullying.

It celebrates spirit set free.

5 stars

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HORSES20
Feb 15, 2019

I loved this book! It was really good.

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bermudadanielle
Jan 18, 2019

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blue_cat_14016
Apr 10, 2019

"If you judge a fish by it's ability to climb a tree, it will live it's life believing it's stupid." (Hence the title)

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Favouri
Jun 21, 2016

Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.

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Favouri
Jun 21, 2016

A dyslexic girl struggles with problems at her school (and at home).

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