Julia’s Review of Fish in a Tree


We heard from Lily.  Now it’s time to hear what Julia, her sixth grade sister, thinks about Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

  • Write three words to describe this book.  memorable, interesting, realistic
  • What was you favorite part of the book?  I liked when Albert and Keisha stood up to the boys that had been bullying Albert.
  • Who was your favorite character?  Why?  My favorite character was Keisha because she was brave and easy to befriend. If I were a new student I would really like to have someone like that to help me. I also really liked Travis, because he was so caring.
  • How did the book make your feel?  I felt sorry for Ally, but I also felt like she would make things so much easier for herself if she had told the teachers that she had trouble reading. I think that Mr. Daniels is a lot like my sister’s math teacher. She’s always talking about the funny things he does, and both teachers are very eccentric.
  • Did anything in the book make you happy?  I was happy that Ally learned to like Mr. Daniels and that Jessica stood up to Shay.
  • Did anything in the book make you sad?  If so, what? I was sad when Ally squished the butterfly. She reacted without thinking and the lady at the Butterfly Gardens thought she was stupid.

Book Synopsis from Penguin – “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.”

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