Fish in A Tree

Fish in A Tree

eBook - 2015
Average Rating:
Rate this:
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...
Audience: Text Difficulty 2 - Text Difficulty 3
Publisher: 2015
ISBN: 9781101601327
Characteristics: 1 online resource


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

Aug 30, 2018

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

Aug 27, 2018

This book actually reminds me of Wonder

Apr 19, 2018

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

Apr 16, 2018

Amazing book!

Mar 27, 2018

This was an amazing book and anybody should read it! Great for classroom learning.

Dec 06, 2017

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.

Nov 01, 2017

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

historytimejen Oct 14, 2017

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.

Sep 22, 2017

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!

View All Comments

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

Sep 07, 2018

black_cat_4852 thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

Mar 27, 2018

burgundy_coyote_59 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 16

Dec 01, 2017

natulik1 thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

green_alligator_9902 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

Aug 25, 2017

hfaulkner7 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

Mar 23, 2017

lgkidsbook thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

Mar 10, 2017

EmPh thinks this title is suitable for 5 years and over

Feb 07, 2017

orange_panda_256 thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

Aug 08, 2016

blue_dog_21490 thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

Jul 06, 2016

tolanii thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

View All Ages


Add a Summary

Jun 21, 2016

A dyslexic girl struggles with problems at her school (and at home).


Add a Quote

Jun 21, 2016

Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Explore Further

Subject Headings


Find it at RPL

To Top