Fish In a Tree - Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Genre: J Realistic Fiction
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Blurb (on back of book): "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 tired of being called "slow" and "loser," but she's afraid to ask for help; after all, she thinks, how can you cure dumb?
However, Ally's newest teacher sees the bright, creative kid beneath the troublemaker and helps to shine a light on her gifts. Meanwhile, Ally gets to tell-it-like-it-is Keisha and science- and facts-obsessed Albert, who also break the mold. The three stand together against others who are not so kind. 
As the outsiders begin to fit in, surprising things begin to happen in Ally's classroom that show her there's a lot more to her—and to everyone—than a label, and that great minds don't always think alike.
The author of the beloved One for the Murphys gives readers 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.


I read this aloud to my little sister who seemed to really enjoy this book. I did enjoy this but I won't give it five stars seeing as it was too easy and geared for younger readers: hence, an under-developed novel.

This book was about a girl with dyslexia who thought that she was "dumb." The people around her and the schools didn't help with that theory.

Ally was not my favorite character because she constantly underestimated herself and believed others. She never stood up for herself and it started to get on me. She was so weak and she always had to rely on her teacher or her friends, which was annoying.

Keisha. UGH I HATED HER. SHE WAS SO ANNOYING AND JUST BLECH. I didn't enjoy reading about her and her attitude and personality were terrible and incredibly aggravating.

Albert. I LOVED HIM. DEF MY FAV CHARACTER!! He was so nice and awesome and SMART. I always like the smart kids. He always roasted kids with really cheesy roasts that still managed to work.. It was just hilarious! NERDY/GEEKY KIDS WHO SPURT RANDOM FACTS = AMAZING!!

Shay and her friends were jerks, but I loved how Shay got her karma at the end and all her friends left her.

Ok, I liked how this book dealt with a problem that many people have in the world. It really was a good representation of dyslexia, though there could have been more description.

I have to cut this short. Thanks for reading! I would recommend this book to young readers who like to read about books with characters dealing with major problems!!

Main Character: Ally
Sidekick(s): Keisha, Albert, Mr. Daniels, etc
Villain(s): Shay, Jessica, dyslexia, etc
Realistic Fiction Elements: This book dealt with real problems!


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