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Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt. 271 p. Nancy Paulsen Books/ Penguin Young Readers Group, February 5, 2015. 9780399162596.
Publisher synopsis: 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.
First line: It's always there. Like the ground beneath my feet.
Page 56: He stares down at my black cube. Then he clears his throat before looking back up. "Okay. Thank you for being honest, Ally."
I'm so relieved he isn't mad.
"Ally?" He pauses. "Can you tell me why you don't want to be seen?"
"I think it would be easier to be invisible."
I shrug. I want to give him an answer, but I have both too many words and not enough.
I've already read and reviewed this achingly lovely story (here) but love it so much I want to talk about it wherever I can.