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.