February 21, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Fish In a Tree

Linda Mullaly Hunt. Penguin/Nancy Paulsen Bks.

Gr 4-6–Daughter of a military man and a waitress, Ally has moved seven times in seven years—allowing her learning disability to go undiagnosed as her self-esteem plummets. She simply considers herself too dumb to learn and hides her inability to read by getting into trouble. In walks Mr. Daniels, a teacher who finally sees beyond her bristly bravado and offers her empowerment. A nuanced portrayal that hums with middle grade authenticity and brims with heart.