A New York Times Bestseller!
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.
Sixth-grader Ally Nickerson has been to seven schools in seven years, and the same thing happens at each one: she spends more time in the principal's office than in class. The pattern is repeating at Ally's current school until a long-term substitute teacher, Mr. Daniels, discovers that Ally is acting out to hide the fact that she can't read. Ally is deeply ashamed and has bought into what others have told her that she's dumb and worthless but Mr. Daniels helps her understand that she has dyslexia and see her talents and intelligence. As Ally's fragile confidence grows, she connects with two other classroom outsiders, Albert and Keisha. Hunt (One for the Murphys) leans heavily on familiar types (a two-dimensional mean-girl and her sycophantic best friend, a teacher with unconventional methods) and a surfeit of relevant metaphors (coins valuable because of their flaws, former planet Pluto "Too small. Too far away. Orbit not just right" and so on). Nevertheless, her depiction of Ally's learning struggles is relatable, and Ally's growth and relationships feel organic and real. Ages 10 up.
Fish in a Tree
I ADORE this book! I usually do like reading a lot but this book just really spoke to me. I have a friend who has dyslexia and she is one of my closest friends. I told her about this book and she started reading out loud more in Sunday school. The friendship between Ally, Keisha, and Albert is just phenomenal. I recommend this book!
Im in 4th grade and me and my classmates read this book. Let me tell you I love it so much. I usually don’t read but I had to join the book club to read this book. 5/5. Congrats Lynda.
Hi I’m 11 and it my favorite book!
I loved this book. My teacher read a chapter or two each day! We finished it two months ago. I told a friend from my church to read it and he LOVED it . The other books Lynda have wrote are really good to like One for the Murphys. I totally recommend this book! It will make your world feel amazing!