A dyslexic girl named Ally Nickerson has difficulties reading. When she has a book in her hands all she can see are the words dancing around making them look like black and blurry blobs. Many people around her judge her because of her disability; especially a cruel girl named Jessica. Her teacher too may be thinking she has no future ahead of her, but soon enough, a supply comes in. Mr. Daniels supports and understands that Ally is capable of succeeding. Just remember, if you judge a fish's ability to climb a tree, it will believe it is stupid for the rest of its life.
The message behind this novel is so inspiring. People that have this disability need to know that they can do so much more in life and that nothing can get in their way. Reading this piece of work will make you emotional, but it is so well written that you just can’t quit reading. Lynda Mullaly Hunt did a fabulous job writing this book. I would rate it a 3.5/5. @Bookland of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
this book is really good! Anyone who hasn't read it, READ IT!!!
"You can't judge a fish's ability by not being able to climb a tree." -Fish in a Tree
This was an amazing book and anybody should read it! Great for classroom learning.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
This is an awesome book, and such an inspiring story. Really, what more can I say?
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.
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.
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!
Dyslexia, bullying, teenage worries, and school problems - this book has it all! The author does a fantastic job of conveying what it is like to have dyslexia - misunderstandings, difficulties, challenges, and the breakthroughs and successes - and how this affects the school life of a twelve year old girl. Fantastic - I loved it!
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 doesn't know they have it--their family has no idea, and no teachers have taken the time to figure out if this is the issue. But one teacher will fight tooth and nail to ensure that Ally, who is just as smart as everyone else in her class, is able to get the help she needs to succeed.
WOW!!! Best book for Grade 5 & 6 since Wonder! Great for any one who thinks they can't do well in school. It is a story about students who are smart in other ways, how teachers can help, and how each person can contribute to a group. It has a storyline about bullies, friendships, different styles of learning and a collection of characters that we see in real life.
I have been wanting to read this book because of the "learning disabilities" part of this book. I felt it gave a real life look at how it feels to live life with learning difficulties. It is a common problem and educators need to be more aware of what dyslexia is and what to do with students who suffer with this learning challenge. It dealt with bullying too, which happens far too often as well. It was a good look at self esteem and self worth.
Truly a feel-good story! You can't help but start rooting for Ally in the beginning of the book and feel proud of her in the end. Very relatable not only for struggling readers and six-graders but for anyone who's ever felt like an outsider. Short chapters and frequent dialog make for a fast-paced read. Wonderful as a read-aloud. Especially inspirational for someone who struggles with dyslexia.
My younger sister was actually the one to get this book, but randomly, I decided to read it. Fish In a Tree is one of the greatest books that I have ever read, and I think that everyone should read it - no matter the age. All the characters were amazing, and reading about Ally's growth was so great, and I actually cried a bit at the end, just because of how proud I was of her and her friends. I had my doubts about the book, reading about a 6th grader as a soon to be 10th grader, but I am so incredibly happy that I stuck with it. One of the most beautiful books, I have read, by far!!!!! Just read it, ok? It's a spectacular book.
It has a happy ending. A girl learns how to read because she never knew how. ~ Tatum, age 10 1/2.
Written for middle school readers, this is a sensitive story about a girl with undiagnosed dyslexia. She is a misfit, and along with two other misfits she finds her voice. Her teacher, Mr. Daniel, helps her admit she has a problem and helps her overcome it. Although , the dyslexic child probably won’t read it, the story has a lot to say about bullies and standing up for yourself.