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Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Book Summary

Ally spends her school days trying to fool her teachers so no one will discover she can't read, but she is bright and capable in other areas. Sometimes, the truth is exhausting to hide - and lonely.
Fish in a Tree book cover
Fish in a Tree

Book Review

This book is a mix of Because of Mr. Terupt and Sahara Special, and has a lot of good things to offer. I wish the resident mean girl were a bit better rounded, and the fact that Ally is dyslexic is pretty obvious early on to any adult reader. The book also suffers a smidge from the Perfect Teacher Syndrome. Beyond those things, it's a relatable tale that would make a good read-aloud. Kids in grades 4-6 (or capable third graders) could pick this up and devour it, connecting to the social struggles and the realistic North American school culture presented in this book.

Topics and Themes for this book:

  • Peer Relationships
  • Dyslexia
  • Asking for Help
  • Family Relationships
  • Kindness; Especially to Those Who Are Different From You

Discussion Questions for this book:

The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.

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