Fish in A Tree

Fish in A Tree

eBook - 2015
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"Ally's greatest fear is that everyone will find out she is as dumb as they think she is because she still doesn't know how to read"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : Nancy Paulsen Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), [2015]
ISBN: 9781101601327
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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Ally has struggled in school her whole life, and everyone has been making fun of her her whole life. But when her new teachers pays attention, he realizes Ally has dyslexia, and the two begin the journey to getting Ally the help she needs and the confidence to succeed.

AL_KELSEY Nov 21, 2016

This beautiful story of a girl with dyslexia gives great insight into what people with Dyslexia go through, what it means to be dyslexic, and what it feels like to constantly be bullied for something they can't control. Another great issue this book addresses is when that person with Dyslexia do... Read More »

“Poignant. . . . Emphasis on ‘thinking outside the box’ . . . Ally’s new friendships are satisfying, as are the recognition of her dyslexia and her renewed determination to read. Fans of R.J. Palacio’s Wonder will appreciate this feel-good story of friendship and unconventional smarts.”

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Dec 06, 2017

Ally is honestly really relatable. She does has good days and bad day. She gets in trouble a lot, but she can do better. - Lucie

One of my favorite parts was when Ally made friends with Keisha and Albert. She didn't care that they were kind of weird. She acted like they were a pack, like a pack of weirdness. - Graciella

I thought this book was ok. Ally was very relatable, and her friends were nice. I did not like Shay or Jessica. - Laura

A real opportunity to experience school/life from the perspective of a dyslexic girl.

Nov 01, 2017

I gave this book a try because of multiple reasons. First, my teacher showed us the book in Classroom rotations at the beginning of the school year. Second, the title is very interesting and it caught my eye immediately. It's a very beautiful book and I'm sure that anyone of any age will love it. Also, I'd never realised how hard school must be for kids with dyslexia.
☆☆☆☆☆ Lyla, age 12

historytimejen Oct 14, 2017

If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its life believing it is stupid. When it came to reading and writing, Ally Nickerson felt just like that fish. Ally loved to draw, and she used to love math, but that was before there were story problems. Ally has tried to keep her teachers from knowing how hard it is for her to read, but a new teacher changes all of that. In this touching story, Ally comes to realize that she's not the only one in her class who faces challenges.

Sep 22, 2017

My daughter has never loved a book or identified with a character the way she has this one. As a parent I struggle to explain the far reaching effects of my children's disabilities, but what a great job Lynda did describing not just the difficulty with reading and writing, but the way it effects relationships, social interactions, self confidence, personal goals, and every bit of life as well as how the right teacher and a little understanding combined with the right diagnosis can change everything. I especially love that the chapters are short, making it easier for my daughter to take frequent breaks as she reads. Love it!

Aug 29, 2017

My teacher read this to my class in 2015-2016 as a discussion book, or a read aloud, and I really loved it. Very encouraging and moving, it was very well written. I liked this better than I liked Lynda's other novel, so if you haven't read this book, but have read "One for the Murphys", and really liked it, you should definitely read this one.

Aug 25, 2017

This is an awesome book, and such an inspiring story. Really, what more can I say?
Read it!

vpazreads Jul 31, 2017

Ally is a clever girl who cannot read, which she manages to hide from teachers far too long. When Mr. Daniels discovers her secret, Ally learns about dyslexia and starts on a path to literacy. Hearing the inner thoughts of Ally's struggles will appeal to fans of Wonder by R. J. Palacio and Rain Reign by Ann Martin.

Jun 29, 2017

Inspiring read for children and adults alike. Ally's struggle with undiagnosed dyslexia reminds us that there's no struggle that can't be overcome, especially if we're willing to ask for help along the way. If anything, I feel like the book ended too soon, since I would have loved to see how her brother deals with the same issues as an adult.

Mar 23, 2017

This is a must read for any upper elementary/middle school teacher read aloud! Ally is a girl who has managed to fool teachers for years about not being able to read. She is bright, creative, kind, and imaginative. She has more recently become the target of bullying as students in the clique are starting to see her as different. This a great story of a compassionate teacher, a struggling student, friends who don't quite fit in with the others, bullying, missing a parent off serving their country, and the realization that individuality is important!

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Jun 21, 2016

A dyslexic girl struggles with problems at her school (and at home).


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Jun 21, 2016

Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.


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