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Fish In A Tree

by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

The author of the beloved One for the Murphys gives readers an emotionally-charged, uplifting novel that will speak to anyone who’s ever thought there was something wrong with them because they didn’t fit in.   “Everybody is smart in different ways. But...

The author of the beloved One for the Murphys gives readers an emotionally-charged, uplifting novel that will speak to anyone who’s ever thought there was something wrong with them because they didn’t 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 there’s a lot more to her—and to everyone—than a label, and that great minds don’t always think alike.

Suggested by Mrs. Lee (Teacher)

Hardcover - 288 pages - $16.99
ISBN: 0399162593 (ISBN13: 9780399162596)
Published Feb 5, 2015 by Nancy Paulsen Books
First published 2015

requested by

Mrs. Tompkins (5th Grade Teacher)

at Bonny View Elementary School, Redding, CA

Here since Jul 16, 2018

Open requests - 4 Books received - 3

This will be my 5th year teaching 5th grade. I worked as a substitute teacher for 15 years, coached multiple sports, and worked in a variety of roles within the education system. I have a passion for teaching and helping students grow and develop a lifelong love of reading.

I have been inspired by Donalyn Miller's book Reading in the Wild and have embraced her suggestions on creating a culture of reading in my classroom for all kids. To inspire kids to read I bring in class novels, audiobooks, guest readers, host book tastings, and have cultivated an inviting classroom library.
I spend time in the summer reading kids novels and searching used bookstores and thrift shops for books to add to my classroom library.

the class

This fall I will have 27 students with varied reading levels in a self-contained 5th grade classroom.

This fall I will have 27 students with varied reading levels in a self-contained 5th grade classroom.

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