"The READ"

Students Gr. 4-8, Parents, Teachers, Staff, all are invited!

Dr. Smith and the Librarians Invite you to curl up with a good book this winter!

Please join us in a Superintendent's Read featuring

"Fish in a Tree,"

a novel by Lynda Mullaly Hunt.


"The author of the beloved One for the Murphys gives readers an emotionally-charged, uplifting novel that will speak to anyone who’s ever thought there was something wrong with them because they didn’t fit in.

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.”

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."

Start reading the book mid-February and we'll celebrate and discuss:

Wednesday, March 16th, 6-8:30pm

Mattituck HS Library


  1. Feb. 10 - Fliers go home with students and are posted on websites.
  2. Readers get a copy of the book from any book retailer or library that has it available.
  3. Between the end of February and the celebration March 16, readers can respond to prompts and discussion points posted on the MHS Library website each Monday.
  4. February 24 is World Read Aloud Day and the Elementary School will participate at 10:30 am with a selection from "Fish in a Tree."
  5. March 16 all readers are invited to attend the culminating celebration at Mattituck HS Library at 6:00 pm. We will start with pizza, followed by a myriad of ways to create, talk, and share our thoughts about the book.

Need a copy?- Check with Mrs. Csorny or Ms. Charters first! We may have copies available for sale or to borrow. If not, check the following sources:


1. Kindle: $10.99

2. Hardcover: $10.36

3. Audible: Amazon new audio $17.64 (or free with a trial of Audible)

Barnes and Noble:

1. Hardcover: $10.36

2. Nook: $10.99

Suffolk Library system

1. 53 available hardcopies in system now

2. Available as eBook download

3. Audio download

Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt Book Trailer