Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt (same author as One for the Murphys)
(Iowa Children's Choice nominee 2016-2017)

Book description from Amazon.com...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 afraid to ask for help; after all, how can you cure dumb? However, her newest teacher Mr. Daniels sees the bright, creative kid underneath the trouble maker. With his help, Ally learns not to be so hard on herself and that dyslexia is nothing to be ashamed of. As her confidence grows, Ally feels free to be herself and the world starts opening up with possibilities. She discovers that there’s a lot more to her—and to everyone—than a label, and that great minds don’t always think alike.

My 25 cents...Ally thinks if she gets into trouble, people won't figure out that she is "dumb" and can't even read.  If you have ever thought "people just don't get me" (about school, friends, sports, etc.)--you will totally relate to Ally. I couldn't help but cheer for Ally as she learned she wasn't "dumb" and learned how to overcome her hurdles!  This is a great "I CAN DO IT" kind of book!!

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