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Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Ally Nickerson spends more time in the principal’s office than in the classroom. Yet she is not a delinquent, she is simply using misbehavior to guard her biggest secret: she can’t read. When a new teacher arrives, Ally expects no more from him than she has gotten from all her previous teachers. However, Mr. Daniels sees more in Ally than she’s ever seen in herself. He sees a creative, artistic, and bright girl who just needs some assistance. With a little confidence and a lot of hard work, he might be able to make Ally shine.

What I Thought of Fish in a Tree

Realistic fiction is in no way my favorite genre. But this brilliant author has struck gold once again with Fish in a Tree in many ways. First off, this book’s characterization is wonderful and unique. By the end of this book, I felt like I knew these amazing characters like they were my best friends. From creative Ally and genius Albert to strong-willed Keisha and lovable Mr. Daniels, this is a cast of characters you will finding yourself rooting for throughout the entire book.

Another thing that made this book so enjoyable was its humor. Although many tough subjects were handled in Fish in a Tree, the light humor managed to solve the problems and make you laugh along at the same time. Despite the fact that I have never experienced the hardships like bullying, learning difficulties, and poverty that were mentioned in this book, the relatable characters made me feel like I was right there in the their shoes. Additionally, their strength while facing these issues was truly an inspiration and another reason why I loved the characters so much. Overall, the author was able to bring light to these many troubles while also remaining relatable and funny.

One thing that often worries me when I dive into a realistic fiction book is whether or not it will be a complete bore, which is unfortunately a common problem. Let me assure that if you are an action lover like me, know that Fish in a Tree is anything but boring. As the story progresses, it is impossible not to fall in love with the characters and want to know how everything turns out for them. There was also always a new turn in the plot to keep me reading,  and although it is far from an intense action story, Fish in a Tree has an entirely different way of enthralling readers. In conclusion, the splendid characters, one-of-a-kind plot, and the author’s ability to bring respect to important issues without boring readers brings Fish in a Tree a well-deserved 5 stars. I recommend this book for absolutely anyone who is looking for an uplifting and inspirational read.

The most memorable part of Fish in a Tree is what Ally does when Keisha has her flowers taken away from her. To not spoil anything I will simply say that it shows how the smallest gestures can make someone’s day, and demonstrates what a different type of bravery can look like.

Overall Rating: 5 Stars