Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

No matter how many times I have prayed and worked and hoped, reading for me is still like trying to make sense of alphabet soup that’s been dumped on a plate.  I just don’t know how other people do it.

Ally is a sixth grader who has been in seven different schools in seven years.  Her dad is in the military, and the family has to move a great deal.  Every time she moves to a new school, she is able to hide her inability to read by creating clever and disruptive distractions.  But inside, she is so lonely and afraid.  She never has a friend, in fact, she is often teased by the other kids.

When a new teacher arrives to teach her class, she finds someone who says, “I’m on your side, okay?  I want to help you.”  Ally thinks to herself, “He has no idea what he’s in for.”  It turns out to be a year of firsts for Ally, including some friends!

This book touched my heart!  It is a wonderful book for any kid who is “different”.  It is Ms. Hunt’s second book, and I liked it as much as her first one One for the Murphys.  When you read the author’s letter to her readers at the end of the book, you will understand why this book is so real!

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