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review 2016-11-12 04:31
Swimming Upstream
Fish In A Tree - Lynda Mullaly Hunt

This is an engaging, often heartbreaking book with well-drawn characters. That said, this book would be better for children who had trouble learning to read if if it were set in middle school rather than elementary school, and if it were in a format that had better appeal for reluctant readers. Those who need to read it most, likely won’t.

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review 2015-09-26 13:18
Fish in a Tree
Fish In A Tree - Lynda Mullaly Hunt

9/24/2015 ** Given the buzz I've heard from educators I respect about this book, I expected to feel a punch in the gut. I thoroughly respect the message, but I wasn't especially struck by lyrical prose.

 

At first glance, I felt this was simply an homage to teachers, and that the primary audience would be teachers. However, I think many kids would connect with the feelings of alienation conveyed by the protagonist. Though not all kids struggle with reading, many feel that they don't fit it - because they don't do sports, or feel geeky, or don't have the right clothes. 

 

As a read-aloud, this book could be the flint that sparks important conversations about kindness, acceptance, and celebrating everyone's ability to think outside society's boxes.

 

Read-alike books might by Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper or Wonder by R.J. Palacio.

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review 2015-07-04 17:26
Fish in a Tree-Review
Fish In A Tree - Lynda Mullaly Hunt

I love Ally! By the end of the first page, I was in love with her narrative voice. As I was pulled deeper into the story I fell more in love with this spunky protagonist. The teacher in me ached for her and her struggles with reading and writing...by page 13 I was tearing up and wanted to hug her and tell her she was not stupid! It didn't take long for the little girl in me who struggled with math (and still does) to completely relate to Ally.

Lynda Mullaly Hunt does such a beautiful job capturing the struggle of having learning differences and believing the wrong voices. All her characters have a wonderful balance to them. I can see kids of a span of ages reading the book and relating comfortably to the characters. I believe this should be read by all educators. It will touch you and challenge you to be more mindful of what your students are dealing with. Kids are going to enjoy this too. They'll see that it's okay when your brain works different from others. It's okay to stand up for yourself and for others. That most mean kids have another side to them, but it doesn't excuse their actions. That you have a choice about how you respond and how you treat others, but sometimes you make the wrong choice.

This book goes next to books like Cynthia Lord's Rules as a book that will be impacting lives for years to come. A beautiful example of why we read...to know we are not alone.

Thank you, Lynda Mullaly Hunt for releasing Ally into the world and telling her story.

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review 2015-03-14 15:22
Fish in a Tree Book Review
Fish In A Tree - Lynda Mullaly Hunt

I have to say, Fish in a Tree is quite genius and really everything I want in a children's chapter book. Morality, struggle, and a coming of age novel packed in one great story. Fun characters and extremely re-latable quirks makes this an easy one to recommend to all ages.

 

Young Ally has been fooling people for years. No one ever guessed she couldn't read. But when her teacher, Mr. Daniel's see's past her shyness and fear of being made fun of he declares that he will help her take charge of her Dyslexia.

 

Anyone that has ever struggled, been made fun of or really been in school will relate to many of these characters. It's a very touching an well written story. Linda Hunt clearly knows what she's writing and how to do it.

 

I haven't read Hunt's first novel, but after adoring this one I will absolutely be doing just that. What a fantastic author.

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review 2014-10-22 03:35
One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
One for the Murphys - Lynda Mullaly Hunt

One for the Murphys is a thought provoking novel. It's easy to read and a page turner. There are elements in this that can make a grown man cry. Once you start reading, it will be hard to put down until you have finished.


If you could only read one book this year, pick this one. It is about real life, real situations and has a likeable main character. Be sure to have enough tissues to get through the whole book.

Overall, this is a 5 star, because it really got to me emotionally. It will have you hooked from the start.

 

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