Fish in a Tree (Bound for Schools & Libraries)

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Turtleback Books
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5.0 X 1.0 X 7.4 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author

Lynda Mullaly Hunt ( has received many honors for her debut novel, One for the Murphys, which is on over twenty state award lists, including Bank Street s 2013 Best Books of the Year. She s a former teacher, and holds writers retreats for the Society of Children s Book Writers and Illustrators. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, two children, impetuous beagle, and beagle-loathing cat.

From the Hardcover edition."


* Unforgettable and uplifting. . . . Deals with the hardships of middle school in a funny, yet realistic and thoughtful manner. Ally has a great voice, she is an unforgettable, plucky protagonist that the reader roots for from page one. This novel is a must-have. School Library Connection, starred review

* Filled with a delightful range of quirky characters and told with heart, the story also explores themes of family, friendship, and courage in its many forms. . . . It has something to offer for a wide-ranging audience. . . . Offering hope to those who struggle academically and demonstrating that a disability does not equal stupidity, this is as unique as its heroine. Booklist, starred review
* Mullaly Hunt again paints a nuanced portrayal of a sensitive, smart girl struggling with circumstances beyond her control. . . . Ally s raw pain and depression are vividly rendered, while the diverse supporting cast feels fully developed. . . . Mr. Daniels is an inspirational educator whose warmth radiates off the page. Best of all, Mullaly Hunt eschews the unrealistic feel-good ending for one with hard work and small changes. Ally s journey is heartwarming but refreshingly devoid of schmaltz. School Library Journal, starred review
[Hunt s] depiction of Ally s learning struggles is relatable, and Ally s growth and relationships feel organic and real. Publishers Weekly
Poignant. . . . Emphasis on thinking outside the box . . . Ally s new friendships are satisfying, as are the recognition of her dyslexia and her renewed determination to read. Fans of R.J. Palacio s Wonder will appreciate this feel-good story of friendship and unconventional smarts.
Kirkus Reviews
Reminiscent of Polacco s wonderful Thank You, Mr. Falker. . . . Ally s feeling of loneliness and desire to fit in will resonate with young teen readers, as many share those feelings without the difficulty of dyslexia. . . . A tribute to teachers who go the extra mile to reach every student. . . . A touching story with an important message. Voice of Youth Advocates
Entertaining dialogue . . . Ally s descriptions of her mind movies are creative and witty. . . . The treatment of a group of sixth-graders with various quirks who face down their bullies extends the book s interest beyond the immediate focus on dyslexia. The Bulletin of the Center for Children s Books
Readers will . . . cheer for this likable girl.
The Horn Book