A fascinating and enlightening story, Fish in a Tree
follows a sixth grade girl who always struggled in school, but never could understand why until a persistent, caring teacher finally helps diagnose her with dyslexia. The author herself experienced a similar childhood to Ally, which gives so much depth of perspective to the character's struggle with an inability to read and write. Once diagnosed, Ally begins to discover through perseverance that a learning disability does not define who she is or her intelligence.
I only knew the basic symptoms of dyslexia prior to reading Fish in a Tree
; however, I now feel a whole new appreciation for those who struggle with this and similar learning disorders on a daily basis because of Lynda Mullaly Hunt
’s thoughtful and personal testimony incorporated into her novel.
Fish in a Tree
is among the 2019 Bluestem Award nominees
for the State of Illinois, designed for students in grades 3-5.