Fish in a Tree

By: Cindy A, Blake S, Brendan D, and Claire C.

Ally. A girl who can't read. No one knows. No one ever knew. Will she tell people? Will people find out? A web of lies have been growing within Ally. The web is about to break. Is Ally's life about to change forever? Read Fish in a Tree to find out.

Summary By: Cindy A.

Ally thinks differently than anyone else, but that doesn’t make her any less intelligent. Ally has been to many new schools, and she has been able to hide her inability to read by causing distractions. However, Ally does not want to ask for help, making it harder on herself. Once she meets her new teacher, Mr. Daniels, he sees the creative, smart kid under her troublesome self. But there is one little problem. There is a girl named Shay in her class that always brings Ally down and lowers Ally’s self-esteem. Ally’s confidence grows once she makes two new friends that stand up for her. One of her new friends is a girl named Keisha. Keisha is a strong, independent friend that loves baking. Then there is Albert. Albert knows basically everything and is a very intelligent and curious boy. There is also a boy named Max. He is an ordinary boy at school that may have a crush on Ally. When Shay finds out that Max has feelings towards Ally, Shay is jealous because, she likes Max. Later in the book, Ally starts to realize that having the condition, Dyslexia, is nothing to be ashamed of. Mr. Daniels helps Ally learn more and more things everyday and Ally feels accomplished and has a positive outlook on things. She also realizes that there is more to a person than just a label, and that great minds do not always think alike. Read Fish in a Tree to experience Ally’s tough journey through her sixth grade year of school!

Characters By: Claire C.

About the Author By: Blake S.

Lynda Mullaly Hunt’s novel, One for the Murphy’s, Is on 22 different state award lists. Lynda has received many unique awards such as ALSC 2016 notable book of the year. Lynda was never one of a child who wrote all the time. She would write lyrics about problems that would trouble her. Like when her brother, Michael Eric, passed on a little bit before his fourth birthday. After graduating from Conard high school in West Hartford, she attended Uconn and earned two different degrees. Lynda landed a job as a teacher, but soon left to become a full time author. Lynda Hunt now lives in Connecticut with her husband, two daughters, and an impetuous beagle with a beagle-loathing

orange tabby cat.

Awards and Honors

  • Schneider family book award
  • ALSC notable book of 2016
  • New York Times bestseller
  • Global read aloud choice, 2015
  • SLJ best book, 2015
  • Amazon kids audiobook of year award
  • ALSC notable children's recordings nominee
  • ALSC notable children’s book nominee
  • Indie best book choice
  • Amazon best book of the month
  • Amazon best book of the year, 2015
  • Amazon bestseller re: books about disabilities
  • Barnes and Noble~best books about bullying

Book Reviews By: Brendan D.

When I started reading this book I thought I was not going to like it. As I kept reading, I started to like it more. I would give this book a 4.5 star rating. This book deserves this rating because I think it is funny and it is good to be in someone else's shoes. This book also deserves this rating because it was cool how some people handle things when they are not in a great mood, and I like to see the characters change and develop into something that you would not have guessed what was going to happen.

“Undeniably affecting” -Publishers Weekly

“This book is absolutely wonderful! I wish I could put it in the hands of every kid who’s ever worry with her, and you’ll cheer her on, hoping she’ll triumph over a seemingly insurmountable obstacle” -Patricia Reilly Giff