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Fish in a Tree
Fish in a Tree | Lynda Mullaly Hunt
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 whos ever thought there was something wrong with them because they didnt 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 theres a lot more to herand to everyonethan a label, and that great minds dont always think alike. From the Hardcover edition.
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DJasmine
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Genre: Fiction
Date Started: December 13, 2019
Date Completed: December 19, 2019
How did you choose this book: I was browsing through the internet and this book interested me.
Summary: A girl named Ally Nickerson has dyslexia and it is hidden from everyone including her teacher. She also has no friends. Her teacher is pregnant meaning that she will be on leave and a new teacher will come in her place to teach.
*288 pages*

DJasmine This new teacher named Mr. Daniels later on finds out about Ally‘s dyslexia and tries to help her overcome this challenge. Mr. Daniels tries to find a variety of ways to help Ally. Along the way of this path, Ally befriends two classmates named Keisha and Albert. In the book, Fish in a Tree, Mr. Daniels says to Ally, “Everyone is smart in different ways. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it‘ll spend its whole life thinking 2mo
DJasmine I believe that the moral of this story is that everyone is unique in their own way and they shouldn‘t be judged for a characteristic that they have; if they do get judged, then they shouldn‘t care what other people think. This is shown throughout the book because it tells the readers that someone has dyslexia and also gets bullied; but that person doesn‘t give in and instead overcomes this problem with help from the people around them. 2mo
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Niaaelizz
Fish in a Tree | Lynda Mullaly Hunt

“And I think of words. The power they have.”

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Niaaelizz
Fish in a Tree | Lynda Mullaly Hunt

This book is really cute! I think Celly‘s outlook is what we should foster in our children in schools so I would definitely use this as a class read aloud

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Niaaelizz
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This realistic fiction novel is great for a middle school audience. This book can be relatable for children who either have dyslexia or a hard time reading in school. The story is told in first person which I feel is a great way to understand how Celly feels throughout the book. This book can be helpful for children in classrooms by creating positive outlooks on disabilities.

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lis_s
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“For teachers . . .
who see the child before the student,
who remind us that we all have
special gifts to offer the world,
who foster the importance of standing out rather than fitting in.

And for kids . . .
who find their grit to conquer life´s challenges―
no matter what those challenges may be.

You are heroes."

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wlpark7856
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A friend once said she never gives 5 star reviews to a book unless it makes her cry. Well, this is a 5 star book. It‘s for a middle school audience about Ally, a sixth grade girl with dyslexia. It‘s a poignant tale of misfits finding hope in the midst of difficult struggles.

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natalieebloom
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This is a thoughtful, well-written YA novel. I *really* wish I had discovered it last year, when I was teaching reading remediation. Ally‘s story definitely could teach kids about the power of acceptance and the importance of asking for help. I loved it and would recommend it to kids and adults alike who are looking to read something a little outside the box.

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TracyHayes
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This book teaches students to look at things from another perspective. The main character has dyslexia and it is written from her point of view. It is good for creating a positive classroom culture and helping with inclusion. It is good for an IR or even book club. #UCFSU19
UDL: 9.2
EL: Audio book available
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KDrake I have heard of this book before, but have never read it. I would like to! I like that it encourages kids to see things from the perspective of someone with a learning disability. I have known people who have dyslexia. 8mo
Ivanita08 I heard great comments about this book. I saw this book for the first time last semester during a Literature Circle assignment, and I really wanted to read it but as always I couldn‘t find time to do it (need to work on time management). I‘m planning to read it during the summer once classes are over. Great choice Tracy!! 8mo
Kayladvazquez I read this book for my literature circle last semester and I loved it. This is a great book to read to kids. It allows them understand that everybody sees things differently. I would also use it as a literature circle for my classroom so that way there can be discussions on the book and I can get kids engaged with the reading. 8mo
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Johanna414
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I led discussion for our public library‘s Books ‘n Brews book club tonight and it went so, so well! A sorely needed bright spot in my week. A few members admitted that they were really hesitant to read a middle grade book but ended up loving it - it makes me so happy when people realize how good young peoples‘ Lit is these days! Our discussions were fantastic 😊😊😊

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Purplerosiepage
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I might have loved this just a little bit more than I loved Wonder. This was excellent.

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Jen_Reads
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I have probably had the best reading week in a long time. I‘ve managed to read/finish five books which makes me extremely happy. I‘m also really on a #middlegrade kick. I‘ve hand sold this book to many and seen it on summer reading lists for schools when I worked at Barnes and Noble. I get why it‘s on those lists. I finally read it and it was enjoyable and at times made me want to cry.

🐟🐠🐡🐟🐠/5

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Tralfamadorian
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Finally have time to read for leisure after the semester ended. This book is great for teachers especially those SPED teachers. Check it out.

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sblbooks
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Group 2 for voting on my #middlegradeMay options. What are your favorites out of this group?

Addison_Reads Ghost Boys and A Little Princess 💙 10mo
sblbooks @Addison_Reads ☑thanks for voting! 10mo
toofondofbooks A little Princess, Catherine Called Birdy 10mo
CogsOfEncouragement Ungifted! 10mo
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Jerdencon
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Pulled a muscle in my back and decided to take a day off (which I never ever do) so going to watch TV and catch up on some book club reading. Honestly think this was my body‘s way of saying BREAK TIME! But back pain is no joke!

cobwebmoth Hope it feels better soon! 11mo
tammysue Feel better soon! 🤗 11mo
erzascarletbookgasm Hope it gets well soon! 11mo
Jerdencon @cobwebmoth @whatshesreadingnow @erzascarletbookgasm thank you! I‘m actually feeling a little better 11mo
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blondie
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My thrift store find.
It made me happy. 💙

JoScho 💙💙💙 12mo
Reviewsbylola ♥️♥️♥️ 12mo
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Jerdencon
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I have never heard of this book until last week when it was picked by the librarian for my sons library book club he goes to. I told him I wanted to read it too after reading the description - although he says he not interested. Yesterday I got my book from a postal book club in the mail and this was the book - so I told him we have to buddy read it! And he has to give it 50
Pages before he bails!

minkyb 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 12mo
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Eggs
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Everyone has special gifts

SarahBradley She‘s coming out with a new book in 2019! 1y
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erinjohns
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Extrordinarly good and so many other words...left me speechless and teary-eyed. A must read!!!

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Lesmar
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I just finished reading this book. A great reminder that every child has strengths, and it should make for a great read aloud book in class. Lots of ideas for discussion with students.

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Bookwormjillk
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My overly ambitious vacation reading stack!

LiteraryinLititz Love Fish in a Tree! Hope you do too! 1y
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Erinsimps
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What a great book!!!! Highly recommend for kids...story of great friendships and never giving up. ‘Great minds don‘t think alike‘.

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cwarnier
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This book was a great story of a girl and her struggles with dyslexia. It was amazing to see how Mr. Daniel's was able to gain Allys trust and help her begin to learn to read. This would be a great read for later 3rd grade through 6th or 7th grades.

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cwarnier
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Excited to start reading this tonight.

Erinsimps How is it??? I just finished up Ivan. 2y
cwarnier @Erinsimps It is a good book. Not something I think we should read to our littles. It has some middle school humor and quite a few references out kids won't get or understand. I love that Barb read and edited this book. 2y
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Ash-to-the-er
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This year‘s “Wonder”

DebinHawaii Welcome to Litsy! 🎉📚👍Hope you enjoy it here. And check out @LitsyWelcomeWagon to get further connected. 2y
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Rohiniranu
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"My grandpa used to say to be careful with eggs and words, because neither can ever be fixed."

Jess7 Welcome!! 2y
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Beachreader09
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I can‘t even. This is brilliant.

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BennettBookworm
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Devoured this in one sitting! #teachersoflitsy

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Kshakal
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This book has been on my TBR for a long time!! #disabilityreads #riotgrams

Karkar Something about this cover draws me to every time I see it. 😍 2y
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crhealey
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Predictable but sweet! Didn't contain a whole lot of plot so I think it could've been edited down a bit.

I've officially finished every grade's end of year book club book. Genuinely enjoyed them all but I have to say nothing held a candle to "The Thing About Jellyfish"

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Tamra
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This is a pick for middle grade readers; affirmIng messages about individuality, perseverance, and friendship. As an adult listener, the social wrangling parts were a bit slow, but young readers will enjoy.

RaimeyGallant Nice review. :) 2y
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JessicaC
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Fish in a Tree is a RF New York Times best seller written by Lynda Mullaly Hunt. Ally is a young girl who has been moved around schools quite often. It seems that no matter what school she is in, she finds herself in trouble. She continues to act as if she‘s understanding everything going on at school, but in reality she is struggling a lot and has to deal with her peers treating her differently. #UCFLAE3414SP18

DrSpalding You are missing critical elements. I have read this book. What is different about her? 2y
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juliette_kathleen
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Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt is a wonderful RF novel to bring into the classroom. This New York Times Best Seller follows the story of ally a young girl who struggles to read, but is embarrassed to admit defeat and ask for help. As a result she acts out and feels misunderstood. This is a great book to engaged troubled students with as they can relate to ally.

juliette_kathleen I would use this book as a SR as I‘d want my students to get their fill on their own, really process how they personally feel about the text, and then share that with the class. I would follow this lesson plan http://www.chicagonow.com/between-us-parents/2015/08/fish-in-a-tree-discussion-g... 2y
juliette_kathleen This lesson plan provides great questions that support higher order thinking which aligns with EL strategy 36. This lesson plan also provides discussion prompts which end up supporting UDL 9.2 and develops coping skills along with promoting group work UDL 8.3. #UCFLAE3414SP18 2y
JessicaC I love this book! Great lesson Jule! 2y
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SadiqaH
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Fish in a tree by Linda Mullaly Hunt is RF This New York Times Bestseller novel is good for LC, I R &PR. The story is about young girl Ally who is hiding a secret for many years and often comes in trouble because of her struggle. The book has a famous quote , if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a it will live its life believing it is stupid. Albert Einstein. Great for students 5th grade and up and for teachers as well.#ucflae3414sp18

SadiqaH Activities related to this book are http://www.penguin.com/static/images/yr/pdf/FishInATree_lessonplans_Final_LR.pdf UDL 3.2& 5.3 highlights if big idea and relationship and information and and guide build fluency with graduated level of support along with ESOL strategies 10 & 6 think pair share and continually monitor students ' comprehension. 2y
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Aswenson
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The characters in this were too hyperbolic for me. I think a better motivational book for kids would have some characters that were a little more real. I liked the main character, Ally, but the bullies, friends, and teachers were a little extreme and predictable.

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I think this book is great for all ages. It really tackles the subject of dyslexia in a way that it is approachable and relatable for anyone. I really loved the characters and what they learn and their imperfections. It‘s just a great book for everyone to read - very inspirational and heartwarming.

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Neymarbread_11
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A great book to motivate children and give them hope even if you have dyslexia. And to stand up against bullies.

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Kshakal
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As special ed teacher I am beyond excited to read this book!!!

[DELETED] 3803335244 This is on my TBR too! 2y
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JenFowler
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"But what really gets me is that in order for Mr. Daniels to come up with this plan, he must have thought of me outside of school—when he didn‘t have to think of me. I bet other teachers have never let me sit in their head one second longer than they had to."

Inspiring book! I think every teacher should read this. It would be wonderful for middle school aged kids to read this together in their classroom. Everyone could benefit from this story!

JenFowler 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 2y
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Kshakal
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Kindergarten and 6th grade book orders in the same day.... SCORE!!!!🤓

Tamra 🤗🤗 2y
Cinfhen 🙌🏻 2y
TheWordJar 😍😍😍 2y
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ElyssaReads
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Home sick today :( finished this book as I stayed warm in my zebra snuggie. Definitely aimed at middle grade readers, but as a former special education teacher, I enjoyed the story and loved how the main character grew in her perception of herself.

cobwebmoth Feel better soon! 2y
JessClark78 Hope you feel better soon. 2y
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BookishTrish
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#KAL middle grade style

TricksyTails Aww so sweet! ♥️ 2y
Tanzy13 🐱 2y
ElishaLovesBooks So cute! And that is an amazing book 2y
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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Great photo!! 💕 2y
FantasyChick Adorable!!! And so comfy 🤗 2y
DreesReads Awww!!! 💕💕💕 2y
AmyG So sweet. 2y
AlaMich She's lucky to have a patient little reading buddy like that! 😊 2y
Bookzombie Such a cute pic! 💕🐱 2y
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Bookworm83
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Every teacher, parent, or anyone else who works with children should read this book...and the rest of you should, too! It tugged at my heartstrings and makes me want to hug each of my students and tell them how much their unique talents and ways of learning will help "set the world on fire." #teachersoflitsy

tpixie I should read this- all 4 of my kids are dyslexic. Likely my husband and i are too. 2y
Bookworm83 @tpixie It is a great book! 2y
tpixie @Bookworm83 I‘ve got to fit it in somehow!! 2y
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Bookworm83
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A student of mine said she was going to read this book because her sister has a learning disability and she wanted to better understand. My heart leapt at her desire for empathy, so I immediately checked it out, too. It is proving to be an excellent read. #teachersoflitsy

Johanna414 I loved this book when I read it in the spring, and immediately passed it along to my middle school principal who also loved it. Hoping to get it in the hands of some students this year too! 2y
Bookworm83 @Johanna414 I will definitely be recommending it to students and colleagues, as well! 📚📚📚 (edited) 2y
Kshakal How have I not read this book?? 2y
Bookworm83 @Kshakal You'd love it! 2y
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Bookworm83
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The deck is the place I love to read 💜💜

#FALLSTACK Thanks for the giveaway @Liberty !!

Melissa_J What a gorgeous view! 2y
dragondrool Give LuLu a tummy rub from me! 2y
Graciouswarriorprincess Beautiful view! 2y
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Bookworm83 Will do! We miss you! ❤️ @dragondrool 2y
dragondrool I miss you, too. 💜 2y
Puredragonstar Omg what state is this? Your view is beautiful!!! (edited) 2y
Bookworm83 @Puredragonstar Colorado 😍 Thank you! I love where I live so much! 2y
monkeygirlsmama Wow, it's gorgeous! 2y
Cinfhen Gorgeous 💜 2y
[DELETED] 206653737 What a beautiful view! 😍 2y
Zelma What an awesome spot! 👍 2y
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Balibee146
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#TBRsomeday with my oldest kid