Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt


Ally Nickerson hates school. Although she works hard, she just can't learn. The letters on the page won't hold still and schoolwork takes her hours longer than expected. Feeling like the dumb student in a new school leaves Ally lonely and frustrated. But when Mr. Daniels replaces Ally's old teacher, life begins to change.

Mr. Daniels recognizes that Ally learns differently than other students. He teaches her in new ways and helps the whole class realize there are many different types of intelligence. With Mr. Daniels to help, and with her new found friends, Ally learns that opportunities she thought were impossible are suddenly very possible.

Fish in a Tree is a powerful look at the difficulties as well as the possibilities of living with dyslexia. Ally's strength and amazing kindness and Mr. Daniels's optimistic encouragement will uplift and inspire readers. This is a heartwarming story with important perspectives about learning differences. This is a perfect book to follow with family or classroom discussion.

Recommended for ages 9 and up.

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