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Fish in a Tree by Linda Mullaly Hunt

Fish in a Tree by Linda Mullaly Hunt follows sixth grader Ally, who is seen as the class clown – always joking around and trying to get out of school work. The reality is that she doesn’t want people to know that she struggles, until she has one teacher who believes in her and teaches her to believe in herself. I deeply related to this book. Ally was in sixth grade when she finally had a teacher who could tell she learned differently – I was a freshman in college before being diagnosed as dyslexic. All the struggles Ally went through I experienced myself, and it was a little hard reliving that. I felt sad seeing Ally struggle the way I had, but I was also so happy for her to have someone believe in all she was capable of. I felt really proud for Ally too. It was so brave of her to trust others, whether it was her teacher or friends.

One of my favorite parts is when the teacher, Mr. Daniels, hangs up pictures of famous people and discusses with the class all of their important accomplishments. He then reveals that each of those people were dyslexic. I didn’t know about any of them! It’s really extraordinary.

This is a great book for 5th and 6th graders, but can be enjoyed by readers of all ages for all of its great takeaways!

You can find Fish in a Tree on Libby/Overdrive.

(Reviewed by Amanda D)

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