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A New York Times Bestseller!

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 everyone—than a label, and that great minds don’t always think alike.
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published on February 5, 2015 by Nancy Paulsen Books
ISBN-10: 0399162593
ISBN-13: 9780399162596
148 Book Reviews
  • ollieboo
    ollieboo11 months
    Good book about standing up for yourself and others. The book also gets the message of asking others for help when you need it across.
    • pinkcat3
      pinkcat312 months55 stars
      Such an interesting book! I read it a few years ago for school. Recommend for ages 8 to 12 years old!
      • mackyspicey17
        mackyspicey17over 1 year33 stars
        I only rate this book 3 stars because it did not make me want to read more of it. I think the theme is good to know though. (treat people how you want to be treated) I did not even want to finish the book. I read a little bit but it was not very interesting.
        • keiriv
          keirivover 1 year55 stars
          it was cool it was intresting and it is a good information if you like intresting
          • kenziekitten
            kenziekittenover 1 year44 stars
            I love this book because its vary interesting and funny ally seems so so nice and very sweet but but after a little it can get a bit boring but I did like this part in the book when ally tries to make new friends bye asking what they like and what they have in common and now she is opening a little bit but I really do love this book and think lots of people should read it.
            • mackyspicey17
              mackyspicey17over 1 year33 stars
              I like this book because it is very interesting and fun to read
              • pinkcat3
                pinkcat3over 1 year55 stars
                Such an interesting book!
                • andrew95
                  andrew95over 1 year44 stars
                  Fish in a Tree is a great way to inform people about the disorder of dyslexia. A great choice for a project or to have some fun with students. One chapter from my teacher made the whole class silent. But I do think that leaving fans on a cliffhanger is not really good because we want to know how Ally's brother Travis does in the book it is debatable. Am just giving my own opinions and criticism please don't come at me because I dislike the book a little.
                  • kawaiicutie
                    kawaiicutieover 1 year55 stars
                    like it
                    • kawaiicutie
                      kawaiicutieover 1 year55 stars
                      i liked this it is good for ages 9-13 i think kk :)