Fish in A Tree

Fish in A Tree

Book - 2015
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"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"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Nancy Paulsen Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA),, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780399162596
Branch Call Number: J HUN
J HUN
Characteristics: 276 pages ; 22 cm

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vpazreads Jul 31, 2017

Ally is a clever girl who cannot read, which she manages to hide from teachers far too long. When Mr. Daniels discovers her secret, Ally learns about dyslexia and starts on a path to literacy. Hearing the inner thoughts of Ally's struggles will appeal to fans of Wonder by R. J. Palacio and Rain Reign by Ann Martin.

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tem453
Jun 29, 2017

Inspiring read for children and adults alike. Ally's struggle with undiagnosed dyslexia reminds us that there's no struggle that can't be overcome, especially if we're willing to ask for help along the way. If anything, I feel like the book ended too soon, since I would have loved to see how her brother deals with the same issues as an adult.

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lgkidsbook
Mar 23, 2017

This is a must read for any upper elementary/middle school teacher read aloud! Ally is a girl who has managed to fool teachers for years about not being able to read. She is bright, creative, kind, and imaginative. She has more recently become the target of bullying as students in the clique are starting to see her as different. This a great story of a compassionate teacher, a struggling student, friends who don't quite fit in with the others, bullying, missing a parent off serving their country, and the realization that individuality is important!

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KateCCL
Feb 13, 2017

Dyslexia, bullying, teenage worries, and school problems - this book has it all! The author does a fantastic job of conveying what it is like to have dyslexia - misunderstandings, difficulties, challenges, and the breakthroughs and successes - and how this affects the school life of a twelve year old girl. Fantastic - I loved it!

AL_KELSEY Nov 21, 2016

This beautiful story of a girl with dyslexia gives great insight into what people with Dyslexia go through, what it means to be dyslexic, and what it feels like to constantly be bullied for something they can't control. Another great issue this book addresses is when that person with Dyslexia doesn't know they have it--their family has no idea, and no teachers have taken the time to figure out if this is the issue. But one teacher will fight tooth and nail to ensure that Ally, who is just as smart as everyone else in her class, is able to get the help she needs to succeed.

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Delia95
Nov 17, 2016

WOW!!! Best book for Grade 5 & 6 since Wonder! Great for any one who thinks they can't do well in school. It is a story about students who are smart in other ways, how teachers can help, and how each person can contribute to a group. It has a storyline about bullies, friendships, different styles of learning and a collection of characters that we see in real life.
Excellent!

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patriciatani
Oct 29, 2016

I NEED A SEQUEL!!!

coloradobuck Sep 08, 2016

I have been wanting to read this book because of the "learning disabilities" part of this book. I felt it gave a real life look at how it feels to live life with learning difficulties. It is a common problem and educators need to be more aware of what dyslexia is and what to do with students who suffer with this learning challenge. It dealt with bullying too, which happens far too often as well. It was a good look at self esteem and self worth.

JCLAngelicaR Aug 04, 2016

Truly a feel-good story! You can't help but start rooting for Ally in the beginning of the book and feel proud of her in the end. Very relatable not only for struggling readers and six-graders but for anyone who's ever felt like an outsider. Short chapters and frequent dialog make for a fast-paced read. Wonderful as a read-aloud. Especially inspirational for someone who struggles with dyslexia.

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tolanii
Jul 06, 2016

My younger sister was actually the one to get this book, but randomly, I decided to read it. Fish In a Tree is one of the greatest books that I have ever read, and I think that everyone should read it - no matter the age. All the characters were amazing, and reading about Ally's growth was so great, and I actually cried a bit at the end, just because of how proud I was of her and her friends. I had my doubts about the book, reading about a 6th grader as a soon to be 10th grader, but I am so incredibly happy that I stuck with it. One of the most beautiful books, I have read, by far!!!!! Just read it, ok? It's a spectacular book.

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Favouri
Jun 21, 2016

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

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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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