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Fish in a Tree

By Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Big-hearted book about overcoming dyslexia inspires.

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What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 7+

A very relevant and informative book about dyslexia

I think its hard for non-dyslexic kids to understand what its like for kids in their classes who really struggle with words. This book prompted some great discussions with Ms 7 who learned about strengths and differences, and gained some really valuable insights into the challenges for someone who has trouble with reading. Highly recommended, for being able to walk in someone elses shoes for awhile, and some great learning that school is not straightforward for some kids as it is for others.
age 10+

The mission of learning made possible

This is an engaging novel that helps the readers to empathise with Ally's character and the challenges faced by her. The various attempts made by her 'to fit in' are highlighted quite interestingly. The teacher plays an inspirational role as he takes on the task of supporting her in the learning journey with her different abilities. This book helps the readers to connect to the life of children in schools and their inner thoughts and fears. The extra mile walked by the teacher is commendable and reinforces the power entailed by the noble profession.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (36 ):

This book manages to take an issue that's hard to make compelling and gives it suspense and authenticity through powerful characters who really stick with you and make you feel for them. Ally's a tough, headstrong girl and a gifted artist who hasn't been told enough that her skills matter. But she thinks outside the box, cares about her family and peers, and has a unique way of thinking about the world, which she often sees in pictures. This captivating portrait, as well as her shame and discomfort at pushing past all the negative voices, both real and imagined, make you cheer her every step of the way as she progresses toward embracing her differences and committing to reading.

Kids who struggle to be good at school will find Fish in a Tree comforting and relatable. And the parents of those children, or adults who've struggled with learning disabilities themselves, will find so much here to be inspired by: the power of even one good teacher to change the course of your life, the power of one or two good friends to immunize you from the cruelties of your peers, and the power you have to change the narrative about yourself and focus on your gifts, not your shortcomings.

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