Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt Review


Ally has problems. Lot’s of them. But they all come from one source, the fact that she can’t read. She’s in sixth grade and so far she’s been able to hide it from all of her teachers, but that won’t last forever. One day she gets a new teacher: Mr. Daniels. Mr. Daniels isn’t like all the other teachers she has had before. He doesn’t think she’s stupid, but what he thinks might be worse, because it seems impossible. He tells Ally she’s smart, and that he truly believes that just because she learns differently doesn’t mean she’s dumb. This book is about Ally’s journey to discover how smart she actually is, and that in life things may be hard, but very few are impossible.


I really enjoyed this book. It was wonderful to watch Ally go from believing that her life was the equivalent of a can of dirt to realizing that she is amazingly smart. I loved Mr. Daniels, I think one of my favorite parts was when he told Ally that she was really brave for coming back to school each day knowing it was going to be hard, what a beautiful thing. Other than a few “Oh my god”s or a few “My god”s this book was completely clean.


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