Fish in a Tree

Title

Fish in a Tree

Publisher

Puffin Books

Publication Year

2017

ISBN

9780142426425

Pages

320 pages

Genre

realism

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

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.

Grade Level

6-8

Lexile Measure

550L

Diversity Topics

Family Relationships; Health & Disability; Military families; Learning disability; military family; father in the military; dyslexia

Main Character

female child

Race/Ethnicities

Undetermined

Awards

Children's Crown Award, 2017, Winner
Children's Crown Award, 2018, Winner
Crystal Kite Member Choice Award, 2016, Winner, New England
Cybils Awards, 2015, Nominee, Middle Grade Fiction
Goodreads Choice Award, 2015, Nominee, Middle Grade
Great Lakes Great Books Award, 2016-2017, Winner, Grades 4-5
Lectio Book Award, 2017, Honor, Grades 4-8
Maine Student Book Award, 2017, 2nd Place
Massachusetts Children's Book Award, 2018, Honor Book
Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award, 2019, 3rd Place, Division I
Pennsylvania Young Readers' Choice Award, 2016-2017, Winner, Grades 6-8
Schneider Family Book Award, 2016, Winner, Middle
William Allen White Children's Book Award, 2018, Winner, Grades 3-5

Keywords

teacher; student; class; friendship; bravery; best friends

Diversity Impact

direct

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