Monday, July 4, 2016
Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Ally Nickerson has become very good at keeping her learning challenge a secret. She can't read. Each time she lands at a new school, she is able to hide her inability to read by creating disruptive distractions. Ally deals daily with her greatest fear - that everyone will find out she is as dumb as they think she is. But when their teacher takes maternity leave the substitute, Mr. Daniels, sees how bright and creative Ally really is and helps her to understand that great minds don't always work alike. His analogy - "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.
With Mr. Daniel's help Ally's dyslexia is diagnosed, lessons are adapted, and Ally's confidence begins to grow. She begins to learn that there is a lot more to her - and to everyone - than a label. Fish in a Tree is an uplifting story about overcoming challenges and embracing one's strengths. This will be a great read for those who liked Out of My Mind, Rules, and Counting by 7s. Fish in a Tree has been nominated for the 2016-2017 Intermediate Golden Sower Award.